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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 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, 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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 29, 2016 - July 15, 2016
Registration deadline: March 4, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-148
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.

Prince Albert campus Facilitated Study: Sep 13 9a-4p Oct 25 9a-4p Dec 13 9a-4p

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 3, 2016 - June 23, 2016
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 255
Registration deadline: February 25, 2016
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$475.00ReginaCRN: 201503-467
February 29, 2016 - July 29, 2016
Registration deadline: March 4, 2016
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-152
March 28, 2016 - August 26, 2016
Registration deadline: April 1, 2016
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-153
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 (ECE 181), Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100), Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD 100), Child Guidance 1 (HUMD 183), Lifespan Development A (HUMD 181)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
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$649.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-193
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 (PRAC 104), Employability Skills (EMPL 180), Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECE 142), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Programming for Cognitive Development (ECE 104), Programming for Creative Arts Development (ECE 102), Programming for Language Development (ECE 103), Programming for Social and Emotional Development (ECE 105), Role of Play in Early Childhood Education (ECE 106), Roles and Values of the Early Childhood Educator (ECE 101), Completion of all ECE theory courses and PRAC 104


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
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$937.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-194
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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials Online: no additional materials required
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 15, 2016 - July 1, 2016
Registration deadline: February 19, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-160
April 11, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: April 4, 2016
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$556.00OnlineCRN: 201503-722
This is a non-credit course. It is for ELA students as prep for IELTS or CLBA, not part of ECE Certificate. You will identify and develop the basics of your English language skills in terms of speaking, listening, reading and writing, giving clear instructions, active listening and discussions in English. Emphasis will be on the development of these skills in an interactive educational setting relevant to early childhood education for the purpose of personal and professional development. This course does not meet English language requirements for admission to Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs.

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.

Facilitated study at Prince Albert. Weekend workshops in Prince Albert: Mar 28 1-4p May 09 9a-4p Jun 13 9a-4p

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 19, 2016 - June 11, 2016
Sat - 1:01-4:00 pm
Sat - 9:01 am-4:00 pm
Sat - 9:01 am-4:00 pm
Room: A204
Registration deadline: March 11, 2016
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$420.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201509-94
April 12, 2016 - June 28, 2016
Tue - 6:30-9:30 pm
Registration deadline: April 5, 2016
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$420.00ReginaCRN: 201503-130
February 29, 2016 - July 15, 2016
Registration deadline: March 4, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-171
April 4, 2016 - August 19, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-172
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
February 15, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 19, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-177
March 21, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-322
April 11, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: April 4, 2016
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$391.00OnlineCRN: 201503-721
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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 7, 2016 - July 22, 2016
Registration deadline: March 11, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-186
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.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100), Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD 100), Lifespan Development A (HUMD 181), Observation of Children (ECE 181)


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: Lifespan Development A (HUMD 181), Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD 100), Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100), Observation of Children (ECE 181), 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.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100), Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD 100), Lifespan Development A (HUMD 181), Observation of Children (ECE 181)


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.

Prerequisites: Lifespan Development A (HUMD 181), Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD 100), Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100), Observation of Children (ECE 181)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 12, 2016 - May 19, 2016
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: March 5, 2016
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$420.00ReginaCRN: 201503-131
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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 7, 2016 - July 22, 2016
Registration deadline: March 11, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-205
April 4, 2016 - August 19, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-206
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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 7, 2016 - June 16, 2016
Mon - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration deadline: February 29, 2016
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$420.00ReginaCRN: 201503-129
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