Early Learning and Child Care Diploma
APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED.
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Human Services and Early Learning
The Early Learning and Child Care Program prepares you to be an early childhood educator and care for the youngest citizens in our community. In this program, you learn how to foster children’s growing sense of identity and belonging, as active, contributing members of the community. The foundation of professional practice is facilitating early learning through play.
The Early Learning and Child Care diploma prepares you to become knowledgeable, skilled, responsive educators and advocates for young children and their families. Courses focus on child development, curriculum planning, positive child guidance, professional team communications and working with families. Classes are a unique blend of experiential learning and theoretical knowledge. Course content focuses on children from birth to eight years.
Graduates of the program are confident in their ability to:
- respond to each child as a unique individual
- build strong and supportive relationships with families
- offer early learning curriculum experiences based on current theoretical perspectives.
The program works with community-based early childhood programs in the Edmonton region to provide opportunities to explore approaches to early learning and care in practice as well as to experience the realities of work in the field. Combined with classroom learning, these field experiences prepare graduates to be leaders in the early childhood profession.
A unique feature of the program is our on-campus lab school. All students are actively involved with the early learning educators and the children in the centre. Students have regular opportunities to reflect on the integration of theory and practice using real life examples from the child care centre.
This rewarding profession has a high demand for graduates and an increasing variety of career options. Graduates are employed in child care centres, family day homes, and early intervention programs, family support programs, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms, playschools, preschools, out-of-school care centres, and parent relief child care centres. Graduates are prepared to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children.
Room 7-154, 10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
Program of Study
|ECDV 101||Healthy Environments for Early Learning and Care||3|
|ECDV 102||Curriculum I: Creative Expression in Early Learning and Care||3|
|ECDV 110||Child Development I 1||3|
|ECDV 115||Communications I: Interpersonal Competencies||2|
|ECDV 120||Field Placement I 1||3|
|ECDV 125||Integration Seminar I 1||1|
|ENGL 102||Analysis and Argument||3|
|ECDV 155||Curriculum II: Learning Through Play||3|
|ECDV 160||Child Development II||3|
|ECDV 165||Communications II: A Constructivist Approach to Child Guidance 1||3|
|ECDV 170||Field Placement II 1||3|
|ECDV 175||Integration Seminar II 1||1|
|ECDV 210||Family-Centered Practice||2|
|ECDV 201||Curriculum III: Planning for Early Learning and Care||3|
|ECDV 220||Field Placement III 1||3|
|ECDV 225||Integration Seminar III 1||1|
|ECDV 230||Communications III: Working in Professional Teams||2|
|ECDV 260||Family and Community Issues||3|
|ECDV 280||Infant and Toddler Care and Development||3|
|ECDV 250||Foundations of Early Childhood||2|
|ECDV 255||Child Development III||3|
|ECDV 285||Curriculum IV: Theories of Early Learning||3|
|ECDV 270||Field Placement IV||3|
|ECDV 275||Integration Seminar IV||1|
|OOSC 200||School Age Care and Development||3|
The minimum passing grade for this course is a C.
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Learners admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of the program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of learners with disabilities shall not require the university to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a learner of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all learners pursing this program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Regulations Governing Work Integrated Learning Activities
Completion of four Field Placement courses is required. Learners must comply with the Work Integrated Learning policy and other applicable policies and regulations of the university and host organization. In accordance with the policy, the university reserves the right to remove a learner from the work integrated learning experience at any point in the experience for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places the client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases and with concurrence of the Dean, the learner will be assigned a grade of F in the course. Although the decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the learner will not be permitted to remain in the work integrated learning experience during the appeal.
Host organizations may specify additional prerequisite requirements for work integrated learning experiential activities, for example, a current, clear Police Information Check (PIC), current Child Welfare Check or currency of immunization.
Learners whose PIC status changes or who lack other specified additional requirements compromise their ability to complete the program requirements as they may be denied work integrated learning experiences and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
Learners are responsible for any costs they incur related to travel to and from and parking at the host site.
Learners acknowledge that, during scheduled course periods, they are expected to attend field placement eight hours per day with appropriate breaks. Shifts will be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Learners will be notified of their particular hours prior to the start of the placement. Hours of attendance will vary between host organizations.
Police Information Check
Students must meet the specific police information check requirements as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program.
Students are responsible for obtaining police information checks annually or at intervals specific to their field placement agency and for making these available upon request. Students may also be required to obtain in Intervention Record Check for some field placements. Students must be able to satisfy agency requirements prior to the start of each field placement.
First Aid in Child Care
A student must meet the specific First Aid in Child Care requirements as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program.