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Early Childhood Education Certificate

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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 Years Branch, Ministry of Education.

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

You may take the following courses prior to application and acceptance to the program, but must apply thereafter: COMM 291, ECE 106, ECE 142, EMPL 180, HUMD 100 and HUMD 183.


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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 1, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Registration deadline: May 5, 2017
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$485.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201604-132
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.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - June 5, 2017
Registration deadline: June 2, 2017
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$662.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1067
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: June 1, 2017
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$662.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-25
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: Completion of all ECE theory courses and PRAC 104


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: May 19, 2017
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$956.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1068
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: June 1, 2017
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$956.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-26
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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 1, 2017 - September 15, 2017
Registration deadline: May 5, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201604-133
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.

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

Additional costs: Text
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 20, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 20, 2017
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$334.50Prince AlbertCRN: 201604-815
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)

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

Prerequisites: or PRAC 181


This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

Prince Albert campus Facilitated Study: Jan 7 9am-4pm Feb 11 9am-4pm Mar 25 9am-noon

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 1, 2017 - September 15, 2017
Registration deadline: May 5, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201604-134
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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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