Early Childhood Care and Education (Infant and Toddler) - Human Services Diploma
These programs provide the second year of training in a specific human services field, and prepare students for work in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings.
- Early Childhood Care & Education (Advanced Certificate - Infant Toddler)(ECCE)
Practicum experience in community agencies develops your working knowledge of partnerships, hands-on training in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and employment opportunities within your client group.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Co-construct an authentic, effective and relevant learning experiences based on observation and documenting children’s emerging interests, skills and development
- Guide and facilitate learning developed through intentional provocations that support all domains of development
- Interpret and guide children’s behaviour in a respectful and responsive manner to support healthy social development
- Ensure a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment that fosters individuality and exploration while adhering to recognized regulation
- Apply and interpret relevant regulations and policies in order to perform required administrative responsibilities within the early childhood field
- Develop a trusting and collaborative relationship with each family that honours diversity, values and culture
- Interact ethically, culturally, and inclusively using appropriate oral, non-verbal and written communication skills with children, families, colleagues and community
- Develop a network of community and inter-professional partnerships and advocate for the needs of families and individuals
- Demonstrate positive, compassionate and ethical work behaviours while reflecting on the impact of personal values and attitudes on the development of healthy relationships with children and their families
- Promote a collaborative environment which is respectful of individual differences, encourages diversity and celebrates effective communication
- Advocate for the resources required to deliver quality programs by creating public awareness and obtaining recognition for the profession
- Exhibit positive professional behaviours, critical thinking and a commitment to lifelong learning that maximize opportunities for successful employment, increased responsibilities and career advancement
- Participate in a mentorship relationship by sharing professional experience, being a positive role model and being an effective team member
- Completion of English Studies 12 or equivalent with a minimum of 60% or higher
- A minimum of 30 hours paid or voluntary work experience with appropriate groups
- Applicants who have previously completed a related certificate and are returning for entry into the second year of a Human Services Diploma are required to provide evidence of completion of a certificate in ECCE, EACSW, SSW or equivalent within the last five years. Acceptance for those who graduated prior to five years will be based on evidence of work in the human service field and/or professional development.
- Applicants with 30 university transfer credits related to human services work, work experience in a related field, and the personal suitability requirements of the certificate programs will be considered for entry into the second year of a Human Services diploma on an individual basis.
- An official copy of all secondary and post-secondary transcripts
- Two completed Human Services reference forms
- A 30-hour work experience form completed by a supervisor who has observed the applicant in a volunteer or paid work situation is required
- Proof of a negative tuberculosis test or of a clear chest X-ray that is less than 6 months old for those who have been requested to have this from our community partners
- A current criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice. Some types of criminal records may limit or prohibit acceptance in field placement; acceptance into field placement is a requirement for program promotion.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement of interest (250 words)
- An orientation session is required and will be arranged by the program designate
In order to receive your credential in your program, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.
ECCE200 - Infant Growth and Development
ECCE 200 Infant Growth and Development. This course will explore child development from theoretical perspectives and will examine ways of enhancing young children's development. Conceptual themes to be addressed include: developmentally appropriate practice, the competent child, diversity, responsive caring, relationships, child centered environments, emotional safety, and creativity.
ECCE260 - Health Care in Infant and Toddler Programs
ECCE 260 Health Care in Infant and Toddler Programs includes the planning, establishment and maintenance of a safe and healthy environment regarding: food preparation and handling, planning nutritious snacks and meals, diapering/toileting, accident prevention and hazard identification, medication, illness management and assessment, modelling healthy practices and utilizing community health resources.
HSER254 - Core Concepts in Human Services
HSER 254 Core Concepts in Human Services introduces students to the concepts of theory and practice in Human Services and the interrelationship between the two. A number of theoretical perspectives on change are explored from both a Child and Youth Care and Social Service Worker orientation, including multicultural, feminist, developmental and post modern perspectives. Each of the theoretical perspectives studied offer a basis for understanding the helping relationship and personal change processes. An emphasis will be placed on psychodynamic, humanist, cognitive/behavioural, systemic and solution-focused/narrative approaches to practice.
HSER258 - Fundamentals of Change I
HSER 258 Fundamentals of Change I is designed to assist the student to develop self-awareness as a helper and to develop both an understanding and a beginning level of skill. Students are required to participate in exercises, role plays, simulations and video taping in interviews and counselling in order to accomplish the course objectives.
HSER267 - Leadership in Human Services
HSER 267 Leadership in Human Services provides a basic introduction to leadership concepts. Students self-reflect as they explore the concepts of emotional intelligence, leadership style, and the qualities and attributes of an effective leader. Students create a plan for developing personal leadership skills and have opportunities to improve their leadership performance in managing conflict, overcoming obstacles, and establishing a constructive climate.
INDG287 - Introduction to Indigenous Teachings and Practices
INDG 287 Introduction to Indigenous Teachings and Practices. This course will provide students with an introduction to Indigenous studies, including key concepts, themes and topics relevant to Indigenous histories and contemporary practices. The history and impact of colonialism, residential schools and oppression will be explored. We will explore Indigenous Worldview and ways in which we can respectfully participate in creating a future vision which embodies respect for cultural diversity and the health of our planet. Local wisdom keepers will be invited to share stories.
ECCE285 - Practices With Infants and Toddlers
ECCE 285 Practices with Infants and Toddlers. This culmination course is designed to prepare the student to work as an Early Childhood Educator with children under three years. Emphasis will be on professional decision making; designing and implementing a safe nurturing inclusive program. This course builds on and expands knowledge from the basic ECCE program regarding early childhood theory, philosophies, historical approaches and high quality care.
ENGL111 - Introduction to Literature
ENGL 111 Introduction to Literature is about living more intensely. Rather than providing answers, literature prompts us to ask better questions of ourselves and each other. Drama, poetry, short stories, and novels will guide us in discussion, reflection, and writing about literature.
HSER255 - Professional Foundations for Human Services
HSER 255 Professional Foundations for Human Services explores foundations of Human Service Worker professional practice through an examination of the issues surrounding professional identity, ethical practice, and the interdisciplinary team approach. The skills required for communicating as a professional and as a team member, both oral and written, are developed throughout the course.
HSER259 - Fundamentals of Change II
HSER 259 Fundamentals of Change II is designed to assist students to build advanced helping skills on the base developed in HSER 258. Students will learn to use their helping relationships and interpersonal communication skills within the framework of the helping process model. Students are required to demonstrate their skill development on video tape, as well as demonstrate analytical skills which will require both self-awareness and knowledge of the helping model. The focus is on the skills required to carry out action planning, support of action and evaluation of outcomes in helping interventions.
PSYC100 - Introductory Psychology I
PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology I is an introduction to the methods, theory and practice of psychology as a science. Among others, topics will include motivation and emotion, learning and memory, biological foundations, sensation and perception. Other topics are added at the discretion of the individual instructor. Class demonstrations and activities are used to illustrate concepts. Teaching methods and resources in the course vary with the instructor.
ECCE282 - Infant/Toddler Observation Practicum
ECCE 282 Infant/Toddler Observation Practicum provides the student with opportunities for supervised practical experience and directed observation of individual infants and toddlers as well as group settings designed for infants and toddlers. Ten hours of individual child observations may be done in homes, family day care, or other informal settings. The forty hours of Infant-Toddler Centre observations will be arranged in a variety of locations.
ECCE286 - Infant Toddler Practicum
ECCE 286 Infant Toddler Practicum experience is designed to provide the student, under supervision, with opportunities to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills in working with infants and toddlers in group settings. Five weeks in length, this block practicum places each student in an early childhood setting for children under age three.
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