Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Accepting Applications for January 2019

See curriculum for: September 2018
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
EC
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,568.31 per semester*
International:
$8,365.63 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

EDUC 84
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the accepted theoretical approaches to early childhood development and the current themes that influence and drive child development research today. Students will gain knowledge of normal patterns of growth and development from conception through middle childhood (0-6 years of age). As a result, this course will prepare students with the foundational knowledge required to document, plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning strategies for young children.

SOCI 234
Units/ Hours: 45

This introductory course supports student's transition to college and encourages self-advocacy at a post-secondary level. Students will develop a set of generic skills that supports studies at a post-secondary level, and be introduced to the functions and resources of the college which will provide a foundation for the student's college/career success.

EDUC 21
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will introduce students to the changing nature of Early Childhood Education in the 21st century, and will review the various approaches to learning used by practitioners to meet children's early learning needs. Using a Constructivist approach, the student will examine the attitudes, roles and responsibilities of a professional early childhood educator. Applying a reflective practice lens, students will begin to connect their understanding of the ECE Standards of Practice and document their learning through the preparation of a professional e-portfolio.

GNED 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

SOCI 36
Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Semester 2

EDUC 87
Units/ Hours: 14

This course explores the health and wellness principles that will support the Early Childhood Educator in providing healthy and safe early learning environments for young children. Emphasis is placed on environmental greening of childcare, health & nutrition for children and caregivers, as well as child protection.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 123
Units/ Hours: 112

Early Learning Practicum I expands students understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early learning environments. This course provides opportunities for students to link their understanding of development to the observed play interests of children as they plan and implement hands on learning experiences for children in a licensed early learning facility.

Pre-Requisites
EDUC 22
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of children's social and emotional development and it's affect on children's self regulatory behaviour. To support development, students will integrate ECE best practices into their relationships with children, daily curriculum planning and environmental design.

Pre-Requisites
EDUC 4
Units/ Hours: 30

Through active engagement, this course supports student's critical thinking about play and how it connects to learning and development. Reflective planning tools are introduced which capture observations of children's theories and supports students in the presentation of extended opportunities for learning. Students will practice facilitating "Child led" learning experiences based on children's natural curiosity and inquiry.

Pre-Requisites
EDUC 85
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will be taught the guiding principles necessary in preparing them for the task of observing, documenting and making sense of how children demonstrate their own thinking and competence. As students practice skills in reflection, interpretation, and collaboration they will work towards becoming keen observers in understanding how children direct their own learning in an early childhood setting.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 121
Units/ Hours: 14

This course is designed to prepare students to plan and complete field practice experience within a licensed early learning and care environment. Students will participate in on-going reflection of professional practice.

Pre-Requisites

Semester 3

EDUC 116
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will enable Early Childhood Educators to use their knowledge of typical child development and the child's background, interests, abilities and needs to design inclusive environments and practices for young children. Students will also explore the various identified special needs and learn strategies to support children's development.

Pre-Requisites
EDUC 88
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will support students in gaining an understanding of the patterns of development in Middle Childhood (ages 6-12). This foundational knowledge will provide students with the programming skills required to work with School Age Children. In addition to this, students will gain an understanding of the learning expectations for children enrolled in Full Day Kindergarten Programs in Ontario, as outlined in the Full Day Kindergarten document. This will prepare students for their role as an Early Learning Team comprised of a Kindergarten teacher and an ECE.

Pre-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
EDUC 89
Units/ Hours: 30

The early learning environment can be seen as a living laboratory embracing children's curiosity, wonderment and intelligence. In this course, the outdoor and indoor learning environments will be explored through a collaborative and reflective process. Taking on the role of researcher, the learner will evolve their personal philosophy; as they explore natural play and art opportunities; as they work to build sustainability in children's environments; as they document children's learning and, as they embrace new models of supporting children's voices in their own learning.

Pre-Requisites
EDUC 90
Units/ Hours: 75

This interactive project takes students on a learning journey providing opportunities to design early learning spaces using complex and open ended materials. Students will also practice observing how learning happens, document the learning and partner with families to explore, share and celebrate children.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
EDUC 91
Units/ Hours: 15

This third semester course is designed to give the student an understanding of the diverse landscape of Canadian families and culture. Valuing family knowledge is vital in fully understanding the whole child. Students will gain a deep understanding of how important seeing families as partners is through reciprocal and respectful relationship building. Building partnerships with families through effective communication and collaboration including social media, and technology will support a family centered approach to care.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

In order to obtain the Indigenous Perspectives designation, students must chose GNED128 as the Gen Ed elective.

Semester 4

EDUC 1
Units/ Hours: 45

This course examines business practices as they are found in the administration of preschool settings, as well as pertinent legislation.This course is designed to strengthen the Early Childhood Educator's knowledge of how child-care programs are administered. It will also enrich the student's understanding of how quality is developed, implemented, and measured.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 58
Units/ Hours: 262

This course will allow students to further integrate classroom knowledge with practice in the field as they develop necessary skill based competencies . The placement involves an in-depth learning component of approximately seven weeks' duration, and a two-day orientation workshop.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 59
Units/ Hours: 262

To develop advanced competencies in skill and knowledge for a career in the early childhood field students will spend a 7-week period in an early learning facility. This culminating field experience allows the student to apply his/her understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early learning settings. Students will show professional understanding, comprehensive curriculum and environmental planning and insight into the complexities of the role of an Early Childhood Educator.

Pre-Requisites