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Early Childhood Education Diploma

The Early Childhood Education diploma program builds on the knowledge, attitudes and skills developed in the Early Education certificate program. You will further enhance your knowledge by studying expanded theory. You will have opportunities to demonstrate your increased skill and independence in a variety of child care situations. 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 and SIAST Wascana Campus in Regina. 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.


Administration Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ADMN 204)

You will be introduced to the administrative knowledge and skills that are useful as an early childhood educator. You will study the operating structure of early childhood programs, policies and procedures, and Saskatchewan Child Care regulations. You will become familiar with regulations that govern First Nations early childhood programs. You will develop skills in using program evaluation tools, managing money and accurate recordkeeping. You will become familiar with the rights and responsibilities for employees within the Saskatchewan Labour Standards Act.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2


Fee: $390, 45 hours/20 weeks (Print), $430 (Wascana), Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-146February 10, 2014 - June 27, 2014
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Child Guidance 2 (HUMD 200)

The course is a continuation of Child Guidance 1. You will learn advanced techniques of guiding children that can be applied to more challenging behaviours.

Wascana course offered as facilitated study (combination in-class and independent study). Mandatory workshop dates Jan 14, Feb 4 and Mar 3. All assignments must be completed by Mar 3.

Prerequisites: Practicum 2 (PRAC 105)


Fee: $380 40 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-147January 20, 2014 - June 6, 2014
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Children With Diverse Abilities 1 (SPSY 279)

The course provides an introduction to the study of children with diverse abilities and needs. You will examine practices related to identification, intervention and prevention of specific diverse abilities. You will also discuss historical and current approaches, trends and issues.

Same text(s) used for Children with Diverse Abilities 2 (SPSY 289)
Wascana course offered as facilitated study (combination in-class and independent study). Mandatory workshop dates Sept 24, Oct 22 and Nov 26. All assignments must be completed by Nov 26.

Prerequisites: Practicum 2 (PRAC 105)


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Children with Diverse Abilities 2 (SPSY 289)

The course continues the study of children with diverse abilities by addressing developmentally appropriate programming for young children with diverse abilities. You will study assessment, individualized planning and program planning in inclusive settings.

Same text(s) used for Children with Diverse Abilities 1 (SPSY 279)

Prerequisites: Children With Diverse Abilities 1


Fee: $390 45 hours/20 weeks, Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-148February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 3 (PRAC 244)

The course provides you with an opportunity to gain competence working with children, families and communities in early childhood education programs. You may focus on working with children with diverse abilities, children in infant programs, school age programs, or multi-age group programs.

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

Prerequisites: Play Environments, Programming for Infants and Toddlers, Observation and Assessment, Family and Community Relations, Children With Diverse Abilities 1


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: 09-182September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert
CRN: 09-355September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
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Regina
CRN: 09-164September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
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Saskatoon

Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 4 (PRAC 245)

The course provides you with an opportunity to gain competence working with children, families and communities in early childhood education programs. You may focus on working with children with diverse abilities, children in infant programs, school age programs, or multi-age group programs.

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

Prerequisites: Teamwork Skills, Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs, Programming for Diversity, Programming for School Age Children, Child Guidance 2, Professionalism in Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Relations, Children With Diverse Abilities 1, Administrative Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ADMN 204), Practicum 3 (PRAC 244)


Fee: $852 194 hours/6 weeks
CRNStart DateLocation

Delivered between September 1, 2011 and May 4, 2012 on an individual basis
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina
CRN: 09-176September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Prince Albert
Prince Albert
CRN: 09-356September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Regina
CRN: 09-165September 9, 2013 - June 20, 2014
Register online, by mail or in Saskatoon
Saskatoon

Family and Community Relations (SOCI 142)

You will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to build partnerships with families. Your studies will focus on describing community, family and diversity. The course content includes strategies to respect diversity and differences within communities and families. Identifying strategies to support families will be emphasized.

Fee: $380 40 hours/20 weeks, Additional costs: Required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-174February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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CRN: 03-725March 15, 2014 - May 3, 2014
Sa, 9 am-4:30 pm
Regina class is a combination of in-class and independent study. Mandatory workshop dates Mar 15, Apr 5, May 3. Midterm exam: Apr 7. Final exam: May 5. Assignments must be completed by May 3.
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Regina

Observation and Assessment (ECE 221)

You will learn advanced observation techniques and be introduced to common assessment tools. Using information from observation and assessment tools, you will develop individualized programs for children.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 4


Fee: $380, 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390, 40 hours/7 weeks (Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-149January 13, 2014 - May 30, 2014
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CRN: 04-109April 29, 2014 - June 10, 2014
T&Th, 6:30-9:30 pm
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Prince Albert

Play Environments (ECE 200)

The course is a continuation of Play in Early Childhood Education. You will use play theory to plan developmentally appropriate programs, plan indoor play environments, and to examine outdoor play environments.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) and


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Professionalism in Early Childhood Education (PD 240)

Your studies will focus on the role of the early childhood educator and professionalism as it relates to issues, advocacy, leadership and professional development. The course provides an introduction to your role as advocate in the field of early childhood education. The course content includes instruction and practice in identifying issues, advocating, seeking professional development and preparing for a career as a professional in the early childhood field.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) or


Fee: $380 40 hours/20 weeks, Additonal costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-150January 20, 2014 - June 6, 2014
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Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs (ECE 201)

The course is a culmination of the diploma program. You will use information on developmentally appropriate practice, child development and holistic planning to plan curriculum for young children. You will incorporate information on children with diverse needs, multi-age groups and diverse cultures to plan both individual and group programs.

Fee: $390 45 hours/20 weeks (Print), $430, 45 hours/10 weeks (Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-154February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Programming for Diversity (ECE 220)

Your studies will focus on the beliefs and issues related to providing respectful child care and education for various cultural and diversity groups. An emphasis will be placed on understanding cultural practices of First Nations and Métis people.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) or


Fee: $380 40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390 (Wascana)
Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-151February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Programming for Infants and Toddlers (ECE 202)

You will examine the development of infants and toddlers in more specific detail. Using that information you will plan programs including activities and environments that will encourage the holistic development of infants and toddlers.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) or


Fee: $390, 45 hours/20 weeks (print), $430, 45 hours/8 weeks (Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-152February 3, 2014 - June 20, 2014
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Programming for School Age Children (ECE 226)

You will examine the characteristics of school age children and the program activities that may be designed to accommodate them. You will also discuss the role of the caregiver and the child care issues distinctive to this age.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) or


Fee: $380 40 hours/20 weeks, Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-153January 27, 2014 - June 13, 2014
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Teamwork Skills (COMM 294)

You will learn how to become an effective member of the early childhood educator team. The course content focuses on determining individual interaction styles and personality styles, assertion skills, conflict management and group problem solving. You will practice communicating in an effective and professional manner.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 4


Fee: $345 30 hours/18 weeks (Print), #320 (Wascana, Woodland)
Additional costs: Required print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 01-30July 27, 2014 - September 7, 2014
Sa, 9 am-4:30 pm
Regina class is a combination of in-class and independent study. Mandatory workshop dates: Jul 27, Aug 24, Sep 7. Assignments must be completed by Sep 7.
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Regina

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