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Benefits of Earning a Diploma in Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • According to Human Resources & Skills Development Canada Early Childhood Educators and Assistants make up to $20.00 an hour.
  • High Demand: From 2011-2020, job openings are expected to total 167,830 while only 154,893 job seekers will be available to fill these job openings.
  • 80% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.

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Early Childhood Education is a challenging and demanding job requiring skill and experience. Communities are always scouting for well-trained and enthusiastic people to fill a number of positions in early childhood education. The Early Childhood Education Certificate program at our featured colleges prepares students for a fulfilling career in childcare by combining theory and practical aspects of education. Child growth and development, behavior management, relationship building, guidance skills, health, safety and program planning form the core curriculum. Use of music, art, drama and movement to facilitate learning is also taught. After completion of relevant courses, students must apply for an assessment letter which allows them to work as part–time volunteers in a field of their interest while completing the remaining course at the same time. For hands–on training, an important aspect, observation modules are incorporated within the program where students work with trained educators. The 43–week program prepares graduates to work in daycares, preschools, nursery schools, family service centres in the many Early Childhood Education positions available in these community facilities. Employment opportunities are also to be found in profit and non - profit organizations.

Early Childhood Education – Infant & Toddler / Special Needs Specializations

Students who already possess basic ECE training can expand their knowledge and advance their career by taking up part-time courses additionally in the field of early childhood education and enrich their experience. A post-basic certificate program that focuses on infant/toddler and special needs training is the Early Childhood Education-Infant & Toddler/Special Needs Specializations program at our featured colleges. Students must participate in nine courses and two practica to obtain both licenses. Each specialization requires seven courses and one practicum featuring administration duties for child care centres, advanced child growth and development, family and community interaction, working with infants and toddlers and advanced health safety and nutrition. On completion of this program, students receive a license to practice as a Special Needs Educator and/or an Infant/Toddler educator. Students can choose to become certified in both or one of the fields.

Early Childhood Education Diploma Level II
(Technique d’Éducation à l’Enfance)

The Level II certification from the Alberta Family and Social Services Day Care Staff Qualification Branch can be obtained by preparing through the Early Childhood Education Diploma Level II from one of the featured colleges. The diploma program has several course categories which provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills necessary for the certification. The course contents which include child development, programming, English courses and relationships focus on developing the behavior and language of the child through instruction and play. Methods of organizing and managing lesson plans with activities in expressive arts, story–telling, fine arts, health and safety and self- esteem building is taught to the students. Skills like interpersonal communication, time management, stress management and organization are strengthened. A 430–hour practicum in two phases is compulsory before graduation. This practical work is essential to help develop hands-on experience in real life scenario and is conducted under the supervision of professional child care workers who act as counselors and mentors. Child-oriented service centers and daycare centers employ graduates of this program.

Early Childhood Education - Advanced
(Technique d’Éducation à l’Enfance - Avancé)

Students interested in an advanced career in childcare services can enroll for the Early Childhood Education – Advanced Diploma program at one of our featured colleges. Meeting the instructional and practicum hours specified by the Alberta Family and Social Services Day Care Staff Qualification Branch, the program combines both theoretical and practical aspects to learning and provides a professional certification. The graduates of this program are qualified to find positions in child–oriented service centers and day care centres besides which they can also find employment as Daycare Director. To enroll for this program, students must be in possession of Early Childhood Education Level II certification and must attend an interview. Once accepted, they are required to follow a study schedule encompassing several course categories which include lesson planning with respect to child development of challenged children, physical education, math, science, drama, music and art. Other areas of focus are family systems, team building and the nuances of daycare management and administration. All students must develop their own professional process portfolio before they graduate from this program.

Early Childhood Education - JEE.13
(Technique d’Éducation à l’Enfance - JEE.13)

Students wishing to pursue a career in Quebec as an educator of very young children in the age group of 1 to 12 can enroll for the Early Childhood Education – JEE.13 program at one of our colleges. This program comprises of early childhood development, program planning, communication and other vital areas of childcare besides equipping the childcare workers with the valuable knowledge and skills required for employment in this field. Professional skills such as autonomy and initiative are also developed. Concrete activities like role play and team work are given priority. Two work terms are also included for exposure to hands–on experience in real-life situations.

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