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Early Childhood Education Certificate

Early Childhood Education is a certificate program that provides knowledge and skill development in establishing a safe, secure and stimulating environment for children. You will develop an understanding of children’s varying physical, social, cognitive, creative and emotional development. You will also develop an understanding of the importance of play as a vehicle for learning. The program meets the license requirement ECE II classification of the Child Care Regulations, 2001, Early Learning and Child Care Branch, Ministry of Education.

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon, SIAST Wascana Campus in Regina and SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD 100)

Your studies will focus on the period of development from conception to adolescence. You will receive information about the effects of heredity and the environment on the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children and adolescents. The course also provides an introduction to the theories of learning and personality and methods of studying human behaviour.

Fee: $390, 45 hours/20 weeks (print), $430, (Wascana, Palliser), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
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CRN: 03-262January 6, 2014 - May 23, 2014
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CRN: 03-266February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-271March 3, 2014 - July 18, 2014
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Child Guidance 1 (HUMD 183)

You will examine the strategies of developmentally appropriate child guidance. The role of the adult in anticipating and preventing inappropriate behaviour is emphasized. You will practice techniques for intervening with children while encouraging a co-operative attitude, a sense of autonomy, and a positive self-image.

Fee: $425, 50 hours/22 weeks (Print), $440 (Palliser, Wascana, Woodland) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-158January 6, 2014 - June 6, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-167January 27, 2014 - June 27, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-173March 3, 2014 - August 1, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-473March 31, 2014 - August 29, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-723May 6, 2014 - June 26, 2014
Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Regina class starting Mar 6 is held at Winston Knoll Collegiate. One additional session on Jan 24
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Regina

Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 1 (PRAC 104)

Building on the skills and knowledge that you have developed through your courses, you will be introduced to the role of the early childhood educator in a practical setting. You will use the skills developed in previous courses to observe and record the behaviour of children, to interact with children and adults in a supportive and positive manner, and to guide children’s behaviour using positive guidance strategies.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Observation of Children, Child and Adolescent Development, Child Guidance 1, Introduction to Early Childhood Education


Fee: $590 128 hours/4 weeks
CRNStart DateLocation

Delivered between June 2011 to July 2012 on an individual basis
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Regina
CRN: 09-174September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Prince Albert
CRN: 09-355September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Regina
CRN: 09-162September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
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Saskatoon

Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2 (PRAC 105)

Building on the skills and knowledge that you have developed through your courses, you will demonstrate your ability to interact positively with children and adults. You will use your observation skills to develop developmentally appropriate curriculum. You will implement the curriculum and guide children’s behaviour effectively.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 1, completion of all ECE theory courses


Fee: $852 194 hours/6 weeks
CRNStart DateLocation

Delivered between September 1, 2011 and May 4, 2012 on an individual basis
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Regina
CRN: 09-175September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Prince Albert
CRN: 09-354September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Regina
CRN: 09-163September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
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Saskatoon

Employability Skills (EMPL 180)

You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.

Online courses use an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at a time that is convenient ot the student.

Fee: $512 (online), $380, 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Wascana and Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials; Online: no additional materials required
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-264January 27, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-562April 14, 2014 - June 20, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 14
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Online

Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECE 142)

Your studies will focus on creating environments and practices that contribute to the health, safety and nutritional needs of children. You will study the physical development of children. You will also receive information that will assist you in identifying and addressing health and safety issues including abuse and neglect.

Fee: $380, 40 hours/20 weeks (print, online), $390 (Palliser, Wascana, Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
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CRN: 03-168January 6, 2014 - May 23, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-823January 20, 2014 - June 16, 2014
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Online
CRN: 03-169February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-175March 3, 2014 - July 18, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-896March 20, 2014 - June 19, 2014
Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
No class Apr 24 (Prince Albert)
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Prince Albert
CRN: 03-474April 7, 2014 - August 22, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-721April 8, 2014 - June 24, 2014
T, 6:30-9:30 pm
Regina class starting Apr 8 has one mandatory session, date TBA
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Regina
CRN: 03-732April 8, 2014 - June 24, 2014
T, 6:30-9:30 pm
Moose Jaw class starting Apr 8 has one mandatory session, date TBA
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Moose Jaw

Interpersonal Communications (291) (COMM 291)

The course provides an introduction to interpersonal communication theory and applications that are used in the workplace. Course content includes the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and non-verbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.



The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

Fee: $360  (Online), $320 (Wascana) $305 (DVD/Woodland), 30 hours/20 weeks
Additonal costs: Text
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CRN: 03-202January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Educational Assistant students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-1046January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
ECE students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-227January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Food Service Worker students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-212January 20, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Funeral Service students only
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DVD
CRN: 03-556April 14, 2014 - June 20, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 14
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Online
CRN: 03-644April 15, 2014 - May 15, 2014
T&Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
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Regina
CRN: 04-103May 15, 2014 - June 19, 2014
T&Th, 7-10 pm
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Prince Albert
CRN: 04-29May 26, 2014 - August 29, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100)

You will study the values, roots and the practice of Early Childhood Education from an historical and global perspective. A holistic view of the child (including emotional, social, cognitive, creative and physical development) will be emphasized. The course provides an introduction to a variety of Early Childhood Education models that are seen in Canada and in Saskatchewan. Building on this foundation, you will be introduced to the Project Approach and Emergent/Negotiated Curriculum as a basis of planning curriculum and the various ways they are implemented.

Students require access to a DVD player (Print)

Fee: $390, 45 hours/20 weeks (print), $430 (Palliser, Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-157January 27, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-166February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-731April 10, 2014 - June 19, 2014
Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Moose Jaw class starting Apr 10 has four additional dates TBA
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Moose Jaw

Observation of Children (ECE 181)

The course combines theory and practical application to assist you in developing skills in observing and recording the behaviour of children. You will learn how to organize observational information and to use information to understand children’s development.

Fee: $380 40 hours/20 weeks (Print)
$390 (Palliser) (Wascana)
Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-159January 27, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-172February 10, 2014 - June 27, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-176March 10, 2014 - July 25, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-718March 20, 2014 - June 12, 2014
Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
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Regina

Programming for Cognitive Development (ECE 104)

You will study the cognitive development of children and acquire skills in planning curriculum to meet the cognitive needs of children. You will explore mathematical concepts and scientific concepts such as categorization, sequencing, comparisons based on similarities and differences. You will be introduced to the cognitive processes of young children and learn to plan curriculum that is developmentally appropriate. Your studies will examine how programming for cognitive development is accommodated through the Project Approach.

Students require access to a DVD player (Print)

Prerequisites: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children


Fee: $400 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-156February 10, 2014 - June 27, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Programming for Creative Arts Development (ECE 102)

The course focuses on the expressive media of visual arts, music and creative movement. You will examine the role of the creative arts in an early childhood education program. You will receive instruction and practice in the arts and in planning curriculum to meet the creative needs of children. Your studies will examine how programming for creative arts is accommodated through the Project Approach.

Students require access to a DVD player (Print)

Prerequisites: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children


Fee: $445, 60 hours/24 weeks (print), $495 (Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-160January 6, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Programming for Language Development (ECE 103)

You will examine the development of language and receive instruction and practice in planning curriculum to meet the language needs of children. You will explore language play, language games, creative, drama, puppetry, poetry, story reading and storytelling. Your studies will help you recognize quality in children’s literature. You will examine the use of the Project Approach in facilitating language and literacy development.

Students require access to a DVD player (Print)

Prerequisites: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children


Fee: $400 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-155February 10, 2013 - June 27, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Programming for Social and Emotional Development (ECE 105)

The course will examine the development of social and emotional skills in early childhood. You will receive instruction and practice in planning curriculum to meet the social and emotional needs of children. You will explore how children respond to different social and emotional situations and the role of the early childhood educator in facilitating healthy social and emotional development.

Students require access to a DVD player (Print)

Prerequisites: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children


Fee: $400, 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-161February 10, 2014 - June 27, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-719April 12, 2014 - June 7, 2014
Sa, 9 am-4:30 pm
Regina class is a combination of in-class workshops and independent study. Mandatory workshop dates: Apr 12, May 10, Jun 7. Assignments must be completed by Jun 7. Midterm exam May 8. Final exam Jun 12.
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Regina

Role of Play in Early Childhood Education (ECE 106)

You will learn about the role of play in the development of skills and abilities of young children. You will focus on the value of play in early childhood development programming and the role of the early childhood educator in expanding the play opportunities for children.

Fee: $380, 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Palliser, Wascana, Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-162January 13, 2014 - May 30, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-163February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-177March 10, 2014 - July 25, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-4740March 26, 2014 - June 18, 2014
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Regina
CRN: 03-178April 7, 2014 - August 22, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

Roles and Values of the Early Childhood Educator (ECE 101)

The course focuses on the supporting values of the early childhood educator. You will examine the common values and explore how the values are demonstrated in the role of the early childhood educator. Through classroom and practicum experience, you will demonstrate these values.

Fee: $380, 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-164February 10, 2014 - June 27, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-720March 17, 2014 - June 23, 2014
M, 6:30-9:30 pm
No class Apr 21, May 19 (Wascana)
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Regina

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