Education and Early Learning: Early Childhood Education (Certificate) - Certificate

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Program Overview

Location(s):
  • SIAST Woodland Campus, Prince Albert
  • SIAST Wascana Campus, Regina
  • SIAST Kelsey Campus, Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available
Length: 38 weeks

Our Program

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program 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 Years Branch, Ministry of Education.

Professional Affiliation: Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association

Your Career

Graduates are prepared for employment as early learning and child care professionals in group care and education settings with children from birth to age 12. These settings include child care centres, pre-school centres, Kids First/Aboriginal Head Start, schools, family day homes and private homes.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): September (Kelsey Campus, Wascana Campus, Woodland Campus); January (International intake; Kelsey Campus)

Tuition and Fees

    Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the SIAST campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.
$7,055

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering required coursework with children. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. If you do not complete the practicum, you will not graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • Your immunization record and current Mantoux (Tuberculin) testing is required for your practicum placement.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 70 Reading
  • 70 Sentence

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies or completion of eight Early Childhood courses (minimum 60%) that must include HUMD 100*, HUMD 183, ECE 100, ECE 101, ECE 181, and must not include PRAC 104. *HUMD 181 also accepted in lieu of ECE HUMD 100.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of SIAST programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

SIAST recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many SIAST students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • nine credit hours towards the Bachelor of Education degree program in Elementary Education, University of Regina
  • entry to the SIAST's Early Childhood Education diploma program
  • SIAST also offers the Early Childhood Education Orientation (ECE 1001), which meets the minimum training requirements of the Early Learning and Child Care Branch, Ministry of Education, for an orientation course for early learning and child care professionals. If you successfully complete the Early Childhood Education Orientation and are admitted into the Early Childhood Education Certificate program, you may apply for credit for Child Guidance 1 (HUMD 183), Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECE 142) and Role of Play (ECE 106).

Courses

Semester 1

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
COMM 291

Interpersonal Communications

You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Equivalent Courses: COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Web CT/Blackboard, Work Based Delivery

2
ECE 100

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

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, spiritual 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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 45.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

3
ECE 106

Role of Play in Early Childhood Education

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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Equivalent Courses: HUMD 182

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Web CT/Blackboard, Work Based Delivery

3
ECE 142

Health, Safety and Nutrition

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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Web CT/Blackboard, Work Based Delivery

3
ECE 181

Observation of Children

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 observations and document children’s interests, learning and development.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Equivalent Courses: ECD 122

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery

3
HUMD 100

Child and Adolescent Development

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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 45.0

Equivalent Courses: HUMD 143, NEPS 216

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

3
HUMD 183

Child Guidance 1

You will examine the strategies of developmentally appropriate child guidance. The role of the adult in anticipating and encouraging appropriate 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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 50.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Web CT/Blackboard, Work Based Delivery

3

Semester 2

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
PRAC 104

Practicum 1

Building on the skills knowledge and attitudes 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 knowledge and 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.


Credit Units: 9

Course Hours: 128.0

Prerequisites: ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), HUMD 183, ECE 181

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum

9

Semester 3

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
ECE 101

Roles and Values of the Early Childhood Educator

The course focuses on the supporting values of the early childhood educator. You will examine the common values that include respect for human dignity and diversity. You will demonstrate through classroom and practical experience, responsibility, caring, compassion and teamwork. These are qualities that form the basis for personal and professional ethics of an early childhood educator.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

3
ECE 102

Programming for Creative Arts Development

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 that is responsive to children’s interests in artistic expression. Your studies will examine how programming for creative arts is accommodated through the Project Approach.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Prerequisites: ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group

4
ECE 103

Programming for Language Development

You will examine the development of language and receive instruction and practice in planning curriculum to respond to the language needs of children. You will explore language play, language games, creative drama, 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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Prerequisites: ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181

Equivalent Courses: ECE 183

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group

3
ECE 104

Programming for Cognitive Development

You will study the cognitive development of children and acquire skills in planning curriculum to meet the cognitive needs of children. Utilizing a holistic approach, you will be introduced to the cognitive processes of young children. You will plan curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and design effective learning environments. The curriculum strategies include creating invitations to learning, experiences with sensory materials such as sand, water and blocks and the incorporation mathematical and scientific concepts into daily activities. This will include invitations, experiences with sensory materials such as sand, water and blocks and the incorporation mathematical and scientific concepts into daily activities. Your studies will examine how programming for cognitive development is accommodated through the Project Approach.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Prerequisites: ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181

Equivalent Courses: ECE 185

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group

3
ECE 105

Programming for Social and Emotional Development

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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Prerequisites: ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group

3
EMPL 180

Employability Skills

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.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Equivalent Courses: COM 103, COM 105, COMM 292

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Web CT/Blackboard

3

Semester 4

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
PRAC 105

Practicum 2

Building on the skills, knowledge and attitudes 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 plan and prepare developmentally appropriate curriculum. You will implement the curriculum and guide children’s behavior effectively.


Credit Units: 13

Course Hours: 194.0

Prerequisites: COMM 291, ECE 101, ECE 102, ECE 103, ECE 104, ECE 105, ECE 106, ECE 142, EMPL 180, PRAC 104

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum

13

NOTE: Some courses have specific prerequisites that include a minimum grade requirement. See ECE 102, ECE 103, ECE 104 and ECE 105 descriptions above. The practicums take place in a variety of environments, where you will have opportunities to demonstrate your skills in planning and conducting developmentally appropriate activities for children of all ages.

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