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  • Objectives
    This program provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to organize and maintain a safe, and stimulating learning environment that ensures the total development of the young child. The social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative growth of the child are examined through academic studies as well as practical experiences. Students should consider the fairly strenuous demands of keeping up with young children (at times lifting or carrying them) as well as the need to feel comfortable and at ease when working with young children. To meet the individual child's needs, students must acquire knowledge in curriculum planning and teaching methods. The program requires students' active involvement thus developing self-awareness, communication skills, sensitivity, and interpersonal skills.
  • Practical experience
    Fieldwork enables students to refine skills in ongoing practical settings both at the College and in the community. Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred during placement, such as transportation, meals, and accommodation. Graduates must demonstrate a level of expertise which is consistent with provincial competencies.
  • Academic Title
    Early Childhood Education
  • Course description
    Semester 1
    # ECE1050   -   003   -   Health & Nutrition

    This course deals with the teacher's role in helping children from birth to 12 years of age to experience a sense of wellness. The dimensions of wellness - health, safety, and nutrition - are explored in terms of their interrelatedness.

    # ECE1115   -   003   -   Intro Early Childhood Education

    This course serves as an introduction to the early childhood education field. It presents an overview of all dimensions of the field of ECE including: history, Day Nurseries Act, professionalism, teacher's role, routines, schedules, and child guidance. This course serves as a foundation for all other ECE courses.

    # ECE1120   -   003   -   Child Growth & Development I

    This is the first of two courses dealing with an in-depth study of the developing child from conception to adolescence, with emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. This part reflects the study of development from conception to age two. Teaching children involves setting up a learning environment to meet the needs of the child, guiding the child through the learning experience, and finally, evaluating and extending the child's learning experience. In order to do this effectively, the teacher must be able to recognize at which stage of development each child is in what development leads to that stage, and what development follows that stage. At the same time, it is necessary to appreciate each child as an individual and to know the numerous factors that influence human development.

    # ECE1130   -   001   -   Field Seminar I

    This course serves as an introduction to professionalism in the field of ECE. Students will explore curriculum planning, goal setting, and professional behaviour. A one-week community placement is a component of this course.

    # ECE1140   -   003   -   The Creative Environment - Learning

    This course examines the principles of creating indoor and outdoor learning environments. Specific inclusions for both indoor and outdoor will also be identified. An important component in the development of creative learning environments is the child's play. Historical understandings of play and stages of play will be examined in detail.

    # ENG1235   -   002   -   Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I

    In this course, students are introduced to acceptable and professional workplace communication practices (both oral and written), preparing them for placements and employment in the helping professions. The course will also provide the opportunity for students to develop greater understanding of the helping professions and of the relationships among individuals and society.

    # ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

    This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

    # PSY1050   -   003   -   Introduction To Psychology I

    Psychology is the study of human behaviour. This course is designed to increase your understanding of your own behaviour and the behaviour familiarizing you with important psychological concepts and research findings. PSY 1050 has been designated a General Education Course.

    Semester 2

    # ECE1201   -   003   -   Curriculum Planning I

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of core ECE first semester courses. This course is designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to develop and implement curriculum for children in ECE environments. The focus will be on the "arts for humanities" for example, music, language, literature, and social studies. The student will explore the elements of the "arts" as they relate specifically to the child, from birth to 12 years of age. Cognitive, psychological, and psychomotor developmental goals will be used as the framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

    # ECE1205   -   003   -   Observing and Recording

    This course introduces students to the various techniques used by professionals in observing and recording the development of children in a variety of settings. Topics such as confidentiality and the use of observations as a basis for developmentally appropriate practice will be addressed. Graduate early childhood educators must be able to assess, through observation, children's needs in order to plan and implement quality programs.

    # ECE1220   -   003   -   Child Growth And Development II

    Prerequisite: ECE1120 This course is a continuation of ECE 1120 and deals with the child's normal patterns of development from age three to age 12, with emphasis on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

    # ECE1230   -   001   -   Field Seminar II

    This course further examines elements of professionalism in the field of ECE. Requirements of Field Practicum II will also be explored.

    # ECE1240   -   006   -   Field Practicum II

    This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop the skills learned in Field Seminar I and other course work of second semester. To become qualified to work with young children, the student must have a mastery of practical skills which have academic knowledge as their base. The mastery of these skills can only occur if students are provided with the opportunity to interact with children and to plan appropriate curriculum in early learning environments. The practicum is a six-week block in a community agency. The College will strive to place students in a preschool setting.

    # ECE1295   -   003   -   Child Guidance

    Prerequisite: ECE 1120

    # ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

    # ENG2335   -   002   -   Speaking/Writing Comm. Services II

    In this course, students continue to work on acceptable workplace communication practices (both oral and written), preparing them for placements and employment in the helping professions. The course will provide the opportunity for students to develop greater understanding of the dynamics of the helping professions and the relationships among individuals and society. Students will also learn the importance of research related to the helping professions.

    Semester 3
    # ECE2040   -   003   -   Anti-Bias Curriculum

    Prerequisite: successful completion of core ECE first year courses.

    # ECE2051   -   003   -   Research Methods

    This course is designed to enable students to correctly interpret and critique a research paper. Key components of research design will be introduced.

    # ECE2301   -   003   -   Curriculum Planning II

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of core ECE first year courses. This course is designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to develop and implement curriculum for children in ECE environments. The focus will be on the "sciences" for example, math, science, and computers. The student will explore the elements of the "humanities" as they relate specifically to the child, from birth to 12 years of age. Cognitive, psychological, and psychomotor developmental goals will be used as the framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

    # ECE2320   -   003   -   Infant Care

    Prerequisite: ECE 1120, ECE 1220, ECE 1114, ECE 1190 This course is designed to equip the student with knowledge and methods of caring for the very young child, as a profession. The infant's growth and development are studied, as well as practical skills needed for working with infants.

    # ECE2330   -   001   -   Field Seminar III

    This course further examines elements of professionalism in the field of ECE. Requirements of Field Practicum III will also be explored.

    # ECE2340   -   004   -   Field Practicum III

    This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop the skills learned in Field Practicum II and other course work of third semester. To become qualified to work with young children, the student must have a mastery of practical skills which have academic knowledge as their base. The mastery of these skills can only occur if students are provided with the opportunity to interact with children and to plan appropriate curriculum in early learning environments. The practicum is a six-week block in a community agency. The College will strive to place students in an infant/toddler setting.

    # ECE2395   -   003   -   Family Liaison

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of core ECE first year courses. In this course, students are given the opportunity to discuss parenting styles and parent education. An important role of the educator in preschool settings is that of interaction with parents. In order for students to be able to work towards being effective in these interactions, they must have the opportunity to examine parenting styles and effective parenting, and to discuss their feelings about these topics.

    Semester 4

    # ECE2315   -   003   -   Curriculum Models In ECE

    This course examines various curriculum models (such as those emphasizing a cognitive approach or a social development approach) typically found in preschool settings and their practical applications in terms of program planning. In order for the student to develop his/her own philosophy about Early Childhood Education, he/she must be knowledgeable about the various types of preschool models on which curriculum is based.

    # ECE2410   -   003   -   Administration For Ece Environments

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of core ECE courses in first, second and third semesters. This course deals with the development, organization, and administration of child care centres.

    # ECE2430   -   001   -   Field Seminar IV

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    # ECE2431   -   003   -   Abuse In The Family

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of core ECE third semester courses. This course studies the indicators and effects of child abuse in relation to the child, parent, and society. The professionals' roles, especially teachers', in detecting, reporting, and handling child abuse are stressed. The course also includes the history of abuse as well as the Child and Family Services Act.

    # ECE2440   -   006   -   Field Practicum IV

    This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop the skills learned in Field Placement IV and other course work of fourth semester. To become qualified to work with young children, the student must have a mastery of practical skills which have academic knowledge as their base. The mastery of these skills can only occur if students are provided with the opportunity to interact with children and to plan appropriate curriculum in early learning environments. The practicum is a six-week block in a community agency, the College will strive to place students on a school age setting.

    # ECE2450   -   003   -   Inclusive Theory & Practices

    This course is designed to develop the student's abilities in developing inclusive environments. Psychological principles concerning children who have intellectual, communication, behavioural, physical, or multiple exceptionalities will be examined. The emphasis placed on programming will reflect theory of normalization.

    # ECE2455   -   004   -   Program for the School Age Child

    This course examines the skills required to work with children six to twelve years of age. Enhanced child guidance strategies, curriculum planning, healthcare issues, and social learning strategies will be explored. Enhanced skills regarding interactions with parents will also be explored.

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