Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma

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  • Objectives
    The Early Childhood Care and Education diploma program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to work effectively with young children of varying abilities from birth to school entry. If you dream of being an early childhood educator, this program will get you started in an exciting career!
  • Academic Title
    Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma
  • Course description
    The ECCE program is a two-year diploma program with a certificate credential awarded after first year. While many students will continue with their second-year courses as full time students, others may choose to begin their ECE career and combine work and part time studies, or return to Camosun at a later date to complete their diploma.

    Year 1 - leads to ECCE certificate

    Academic Term 1 (Fall)    

    ECCE 100    Child Development 1
    ECCE 110    Principles of Practice 1
    ECCE 120    Curriculum 1
    ECCE 140    Practicum 1
    ECCE 150    Health, Safety & Nutrition 1
    PSYC 154    Interpersonal Skills

    Academic Term 2 (Winter)
    ECCE 102    Child Development 2
    ECCE 111    Principles of Practice 2
    ECCE 121    Curriculum 2
    ECCE 141    Practicum 2
    ECCE 151    Self, Family & Community
    Work Term 1 (Spring) (7-weeks)
    ECCE 142    Practicum 3
    Year 2 (start in September or January)—leads to ECCE diploma
    Academic Term 3
    CFCS 220    Personal Leadership
    CFCS 260    Family and Community
    ECCE 220    Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2
    ENGL 150    English Composition
    PSYC 255    Advanced Communication
    PSYC 256    Introduction to Counselling
    Academic Term 4
    CFCS 211    Professional Practice 2
    ECCE 240*    Inclusive Child Care
    ECCE 250*    Infant/Toddler Theory
    ECCE 260    Practicum
    ENGL 160    English Literature
    ENGL 164    First Nations Literature
    *Offered in alternating years, defining specialties in either Special Needs or Infant/Toddler.

    ECCE 100 Child Development 1

    ((3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course presents a comprehensive overview of the developmental changes that take place from conception to eight years. Emphasis of the course will be on the individual needs of each child. Current trends and issues in research, cultural influences and variations in development will be examined.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in English 12.
    ECCE 102 Child Development 2

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    Building on knowledge from Child Development 1, this course will provide an overview of factors that affect the development of the child. Emphasis will be on applying developmental theory to assess, plan and evaluate variations in the development of young children.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in ECCE 100.

    ECCE 110 Principles of Practice 1

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course introduces the historical foundations and principles underlying the practice of ECCE. Attention is given to developing supportive relationships with young children through the study and practice of observation, communication and guidance strategies.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 100, PSYC 154.

    ECCE 111 Principles of Practice 2

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    Major skill areas of observation, child guidance and interpersonal communication will be expanded upon with emphasis on the use of critical thinking skills in working with children and adults in ECCE settings. An introduction is provided to the importance of forming parent partnerships, administrative procedures and issues relevant to the professional development of the early childhood educator.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in ECCE 110.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 102.

    ECCE 120 Curriculum 1

    (5 credits) F (5,0,0,0)

    The purpose of this course is to examine the role of the early childhood environment in promoting social, emotional, language, physical, intellectual and creative development. Emphasis will be on examining how environments can be responsive to the changing interests and abilities of the young child. The students will be introduced to a variety of materials and experiences appropriate for children of varying abilities, from birth to school entry.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 100.

    ECCE 121 Curriculum 2

    (5 credits) W (5,0,0,0)

    Building on the knowledge from Curriculum 1, this course will provide further opportunities for the student to develop and expand personal creative potential. The student will also learn how to set up, evaluate and rearrange environments to meet the varying needs of young children. Emphasis will be on planning, implementing and evaluating specific learning experience to enhance the growth and development of individuals and small groups of children.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in ECCE 120, ECCE 140.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 102.

    ECCE 140 Practicum 1

    (3 credits) F (1,0,0,9)

    This practicum provides the student with the opportunity for directed observations of children and educators in a variety of early childhood settings. Students will be encouraged to participate at a beginning level as the semester advances and as they become aware of theories of child growth and development and practices of relating to and working with young children.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 110, ECCE 120, ECCE 150.

    ECCE 141 Practicum 2

    (3 credits) W (2,0,0,9)

    During this practicum the student will have the opportunity for practical experience in working with young children in a licensed early childhood setting. Students will be able to demonstrate their developing skills in interpersonal communication, implementing and evaluating appropriate learning experiences and strategies for guiding children's behaviour with assistance. Classes will focus on discussions of the practicum experience and will assist students in setting personal learning goals.

    Prerequisite(s): "COM" in ECCE 140.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 102, ECCE 111, ECCE 121, ECCE 151.

    ECCE 142 Practicum 3

    (5 credits) P (2,0,0,24)

    This seven-week consolidated practicum provides the student with the opportunity for the integration and demonstration of knowledge and skills. Under the supervision of the sponsor educator, the student will be involved in all aspects of providing care and education for young children. Classes continue to assist in the process of transferring theory into practice and to help students evaluate their progress.

    Prerequisite(s): "COM" in ECCE 141, and a "C+" in ECCE 150.

    ECCE 150 Health, Safety and Nutrition 1

    (2 credits) F (2,0,0,0)

    This course examines the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children from birth to age eight. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the educator in providing safe and nurturing environments to ensure high quality care.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in English 12.

    ECCE 151 Self, Family and Community

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine personal attitudes and values in relation to professional practice in ECCE. Emphasis will be on the influence of family, culture and socially diverse communities on the developing child as well as on the emerging educator. It assists the student to connect personal growth and self-reflection to respectful and inclusive ECCE practice.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in ECCE 110.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ECCE 102, ECCE 140.

    ECCE 220 Health, Safety and Nutrition 2

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course examines the continuum of health, safety and nutritional needs of young children birth to twelve. An emphasis will be placed on the role and responsibilities of the educator in establishing and maintaining safe, nurturing and responsive environments for young children, in partnership with families and community.

    Prerequisite(s): "COM" in ECCE 142.

    ECCE 240 Inclusive Child Care

    (4 credits) W (4,0,0,0)

    Students will critically examine all aspects of creating an inclusive, caring, and learning environment. Major focus will be on advanced skills in observation, evaluation, and individual program planning for all children within an inclusive ECCE setting.

    Prerequisite(s): "COM" in ECCE 142.

    ECCE 250 Infant/Toddler Theory

    (4 credits) W (4,0,0,0)

    This course prepares the student to work as an Infant/Toddler Educator. Central to this course will be the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the diverse needs of infants and toddlers within the context of their family and culture. Observations of infants and toddlers in ECCE settings will be integral to this course.

    Prerequisite(s): "COM" in ECCE 142.

    ECCE 260 Practicum 4

    (6 credits) W (2,0,0,14)

    This practicum and seminar experience provides opportunities to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills at an advanced level which includes all aspects of providing care and education for young children. Students will demonstrate skills in working with infants and toddlers, or children with diverse abilities.

    Prerequisite(s): "C+" in: CFCS 220, CFCS 260, ECCE 220, ENGL 150, PSYC 255, PSYC 256.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): CFCS 211; ENGL 160 or ENGL 164; ECCE 240 or ECCE 250.

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