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  • Entry requirements
    The Infant & Toddler and Special Needs Certificate programs are for students who are certified as Early Childhood Educators or are in the process of completing the required 500 hours work experience.
  • Academic Title
    Special Needs Certificate
  • Course description
    First Term    Course Credits
    Required:    5.50
    • EDUC 256    This profile entry demands the 200620 version of course EDUC-256, but the 200910 version has already been added to the extractWorking with Young Children in Inclusive Group Settings    1.50
    • EDUC 350    Advanced Child Development    2.00
    • EDUC 351    Family, School and Community    2.00
    Credits    5.50

    Second Term    Course Credits

    Required:    4.00
    • EDUC 352    Centre Operations    2.00
    • EDUC 354    Program Planning for Special Needs    2.00
    Credits    4.00

    Practicum    Course Credits

    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:    6.00
    • EDUC 358    Special Needs Practicum    3.00
    • EDUC 359    Special Needs Practicum    3.00
    • EDUC 390    Applied Theory Special Needs Practicum    6.00
    Credits    6.00

    Electives    Course Credits

    Choose from the following list:    0.00
    • EDUC 375    Early Childhood: Children, Culture and Globalization    3.00
    • EDUC 376    This profile entry demands the 200520 version of course EDUC-376, but the 201010 version has already been added to the extractGlobal Perspectives on Literature and Literacy    3.00
    • EDUC 378    Seminar in Early Childhood Care and Educational Leadership    3.00
    • EDUC 379    Role of the Pedagogista in ECCE    6.00
    • SAEC 200    Study Abroad/Study Exchange-Early Childhood Care & Education    0.00
    • SAEC 201    Study Abroad/Study Exchange-Early Childhood Care & Education    0.00
    • SAEC 202    Study Abroad/Study Exchange-Early Childhood Care & Education    0.00
    • SAEC 203    Study Abroad/Study Exchange-Early Childhood Care & Education    0.00
    • SAEC 204    Study Abroad/Study Exchange-Early Childhood Care & Education    0.00
    • SAEC 205    Study Abroad/Study Exchange-Early Childhood Care & Education    0.00
    Credits    0.00
    Total Program Credits    15.50

    EDUC 166    Child Development I
    2.25 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    An introductory study of theories and principles of development focusing on conception through 24 months.
    Note: Evening program only.

    EDUC 167    Child Development II
    2.25 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Theories, principles of development and child study techniques focusing on physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional growth and development from 24 through 60 months.
    Note: Evening program only.

    EDUC 170    Interpersonal Skills
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    An introductory course in which students focus on the development of self awareness and increased understanding of others. Students will learn basic communication concepts and practice skills which contribute to effective interpersonal relationships.

    EDUC 171    Caring and Learning Environments
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course introduces the student to various programs for young children. The role of the Early Childhood Educator, learning environments and the value of play are examined.

    EDUC 172    Guiding Young Children I
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course develops a theoretical framework of guidance principles and techniques which support children's optimal development.

    EDUC 173    Curriculum Development I
    3.00 credits    (6,3,0) hrs    10 wks
    Based on the philosophy that play provides the foundation for children's growth and development, this experiential workshop course focuses on learning environments, curriculum planning, and teaching strategies.

    EDUC 175    Observing and Recording
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course develops skill in objectively observing and recording the behaviour of young children.

    EDUC 176    Applied Theory - Practicum I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: EDUC 166, 173 and 175 are prerequisites or co-requisites
    This course provides students with opportunities to observe young children and, at a beginning level, to plan, implement and evaluate activities under supervision.

    EDUC 220    Health, Safety and Nutrition
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Through the use of lecture, videos and assignments, the student will be able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of childhood illness and plan health care appropriate to a centre setting, recognizing situations requiring emergency care; understand the role of healthy eating as it relates to normal child development within the context of the preschooler's daily life and environment; and follow valid nutrition guidelines for their own optimum health.

    EDUC 254    Theoretical Perspectives
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course provides an introduction to the history and philosophy of ECCE. Major contemporary issues are examined. International childcare is discussed.

    EDUC 256    Working with Young Children in Inclusive Group Settings
    1.50 credits    (6,0,0) hrs    05 wks
    Prerequisite: EDUC 155 or EDUC 166/167 and EDUC 276
    The student will learn to select and to use appropriate assessment materials and intervention strategies for working with children who require extra support. A family-centred approach will be taken.

    EDUC 270    Introduction to Working with Families
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course is designed to develop a beginning understanding of an effective relationship between the Early Childhood Educator and the child's family. Community resources will be researched.

    EDUC 271    Introduction to Centre Organization
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    An introductory look at some of the administrative aspects of operating a centre for young children. This course assumes a knowledge of curriculum and daily program planning, and identifies necessary functions relating indirectly to children; e.g., handling finances, hiring staff, leadership and management, cleaning and maintenance, policies and procedures, etc. Provincial legislation regulating child care is examined. Steps to opening a centre will also be discussed.

    EDUC 272    Guiding Young Children II
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course will extend the student's repertoire of guidance/teaching techniques. The focus is on responding to the needs of the individual child, on promoting a positive self concept and on fostering pro-social behaviour.

    EDUC 273    Curriculum Development II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: EDUC 173
    The student will acquire further knowledge, experience and skill in planning, implementing, and evaluating learning environments for groups of children.

    EDUC 276    Applied Theory - Practicum II
    4.00 credits    (5.33,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This is a five-week, full-time practicum. If taken, however, on a part-time basis, the same number of hours are required. Working with a qualified Early Childhood Educator students extend their competencies in program planning and evaluation. Weekly seminar discussions focus on integrating theory and practice.

    EDUC 277    Applied Theory - Practicum III
    4.00 credits    (5.33,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This is, generally, a five-week, full-time practicum. If taken, however, on a part-time basis, the same number of hours are required. In this practicum, students integrate and consolidate knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. The student will be involved in all aspects of providing quality care and education for young children.

    EDUC 348    Program Planning, Physical Care and Safety for Infants and Toddlers
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: EDUC 277 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    The student will develop an awareness of the early childhood educator's role and responsibility in preparing a safe, healthy environment and in planning routine procedures for infants and toddlers. The focus will be on planning schedules, routines, space and program activities for infants and toddlers. Individual and small group activities which promote self esteem, language, social behaviours and self-help skills will be planned. Goal setting and effective guidance will be discussed.

    EDUC 349    Applied Theory Infant/Toddler Practicum
    6.00 credits    (0,0,25) hrs    06 wks
    This practicum course provides opportunities for planned and spontaneous caregiving that incrementally demonstrates the student's advanced professional practice, knowledge and reflective skills.

    EDUC 350    Advanced Child Development
    2.00 credits    (2.66,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course will focus on the similarities and differences of typical and atypical development of young children.

    EDUC 351    Family, School and Community
    2.00 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The teacher/family/community partnership will be examined with the focus being on families with infants, toddlers and children who need extra support.

    EDUC 352    Centre Operations
    2.00 credits    (2.66,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The student will gain knowledge of the broad concepts and principles involved in the effective administration and management of a child care centre and the skill required to fulfill the role of a manager/director/administrator.

    EDUC 353    Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The focus will be on planning schedules, routines, space and program activities for infants and toddlers. Individual and small group activities which promote self esteem, language, social behaviours, and self-help skills will be planned. Goal setting and effective guidance will be discussed.

    EDUC 354    Program Planning for Special Needs
    2.00 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course will examine strategies for collaborating with parents, adapting programs, implementing individual intervention goals and helping children to communicate with one another.

    EDUC 355    Physical Care and Safety
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The student will develop an awareness of the Early Childhood Educator's role and responsibility in preparing a safe, healthy environment, and in planning routine procedures for infants and toddler to ensure their needs will be met.

    EDUC 356    Infant and Toddler Practicum
    3.00 credits    (0,0,10.4) hrs    15 wks
    Through work experience in an infant/toddler centre the student learns and practises how to protect, support and enrich the lives of young children.
    Note: Students must have 500 hours of work experience.

    EDUC 357    Infant and Toddler Practicum
    3.00 credits    (0,0,10.4) hrs    15 wks
    This practicum focuses on working with parents and the evaluation of a quality program. These broader aspects of group care are central to the provision of quality care for infants and toddlers.
    Note: Students must have 500 hours of work experience.

    EDUC 358    Special Needs Practicum
    3.00 credits    (0,0,10.4) hrs    15 wks
    Under the guidance of a qualified Special Needs Early Childhood Educator the student practises how to program activities which include children who need extra support.
    Note: Students must have 500 hours of work experience.

    EDUC 359    Special Needs Practicum
    3.00 credits    (0,0,10.4) hrs    15 wks
    This practicum focuses on working with parents and the evaluation of a quality program. Students refine their skills of inclusive programming for groups of children.
    Note: Students must have 500 hours of work experience.

    EDUC 371    Family, School and Community
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The teacher-family partnership will be examined with a focus on families with children birth to five years of age. The student will explore in-depth the skills and program qualities that establish mutually supportive relationships between home and centre.

    EDUC 373    Inquiry Based Learning in ECCE
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course provides students with the opportunity to examine all aspects of negotiated curriculum. Topics will include the image of the child, the investigative environment, learning materials and the basic principles of documentation.

    EDUC 375    Early Childhood: Children, Culture and Globalization
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate Program
    The course aims to give students the ability to interpret a broad and historical review of the development of the different concepts of globalization. A critical and questioning approach to the influences of global trends on child-rearing processes and development will be encouraged. The course will critically examine the concepts, terms, definitions and debates of globalization as influences for early childhood practitioners.

    EDUC 376    Global Perspectives on Literature and Literacy
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: EDUC 155, 170, 171, 172, 173, 175, 176, 220, 254, 256, 270, 271, 272, 273, 276, 277 and ENGL 100
    This course will give the student an understanding of the concept of early literacy and its significance in early childhood care and education.

    EDUC 378    Seminar in Early Childhood Care and Educational Leadership
    3.00 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    This course will give students the development tools and strategies that facilitate the practice of Early Childhood Educators in leadership positions. Students will be able to define leadership in Early Childhood and Education practice. In addition students will be able to critically examine the ethics, politics and leadership in the practice and be given the background to encourage collaboration and conflict in Early Childhood and Education practice. On completion of the course, students will know how to investigate culture and leadership and develop communities of inquiry in relation to Early Childhood Care and Education.

    EDUC 379    Role of the Pedagogista in ECCE
    6.00 credits    (24,0,0) hrs    05 wks
    This course will give students the development tools and strategies for organizing the work of the pedagogista in ECCE organizations. On completion of the course, student will have the ability to define the role of pedagogista in our communities and be able to critically examine the ethics and politics in ECCE organizations. Students will also learn how to investigate the role of progettazione: concept and practice, and how to build listening and dialogue in communities of learning.

    EDUC 380    Advanced Studies in the Pedagogista
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: EDUC 379
    This course is the second course in a 2-part sequence. This course continues to examine the philosophy as well as tools and strategies for organizing the work of the pedagogista in early childhood organizations. Key areas of study will include the pedagogy of listening within the context of particular ECCE learning communities; critical examination of the ethics and politics in early childhood organizations and perspectives on developing "projetazzione".

    EDUC 390    Applied Theory Special Needs Practicum
    6.00 credits    (0,0,25) hrs    06 wks
    This course is a six-week practicum. The practicum placement will be in an inclusive centre for children birth to five years. The intent of this practicum will provide opportunities for planned and spontaneous programming for children who require extra support. An in-depth examination of inclusive practice will be a guiding factor throughout the practicum. These skills will incrementally demonstrate the student's advanced professional, practice, knowledge and reflective skills.

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