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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 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.

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.


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.

$395, 45 hours/20 weeks (print), $430, (Regina, Palliser), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-382January 5, 2015 - May 22, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
Register Online
$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-386February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-389March 2, 2015 - July 17, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015
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$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-3957January 10, 2015 - April 11, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: January 10, 2015
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$440.00Regina
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

50 hours/22 weeks (Print), $440 (Palliser, Regina, Prince Albert) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-690January 5, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
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$430.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-409January 26, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
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$430.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-413March 2, 2015 - July 31, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$430.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-4148March 16, 2015 - April 30, 2015
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2015
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TBAPrince Albert
CRN: 201403-342March 5, 2015 - June 25, 2015
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Registration Deadline: March 11, 2015
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$450.00Regina
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, Lifespan Development A


$612 (Woodland & Saskatoon) 128 hours/4 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-121September 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015
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$612.00Distance
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2015 - June 19, 2015$0.00Saskatoon
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, Employability Skills, Health, Safety and Nutrition, Interpersonal Communications, Programming for Cognitive Development, Programming for Creative Arts Development, Programming for Language Development, Programming for Social and Emotional Development, Role of Play in Early Childhood Education, Roles and Values of the Early Childhood Educator, Completion of all ECE theory courses and PRAC 104


$884 (Woodland & Saskatoon), 194 hours/6 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-130September 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015
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$884.00Regina
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2014 - July 19, 2015$0.00Saskatoon
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.

(online - no additional costs), $390, 40 hours/20 weeks (print) $390 (Prince Albert) $400 (Regina) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials Online: no additional materials required
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-384January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-820April 13, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015
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$534.50Distance
CRN: 201403-556January 9, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Fri - 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu - 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2015
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$400.00Regina
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

40 hours/20 weeks (print, online), $390 (Moose Jaw), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-693February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-414April 6, 2015 - August 21, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-3939January 5, 2015 - May 22, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 8, 2015
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$395.00Distance
CRN: 201403-697March 2, 2015 - July 17, 2015
Please add Version 2013
Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015
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$390.00Distance
CRN: 201403-4145February 24, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 24, 2015
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TBAPrince Albert
CRN: 201409-148March 28, 2015 - June 13, 2015
Sat - 1:00-4:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room: A237
Registration Deadline: March 28, 2015
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$400.00Prince Albert
CRN: 201403-341January 6, 2015 - April 7, 2015
Tue - 6:30-9:30 pm
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2015
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$400.00Regina
CRN: 201403-339April 7, 2015 - June 30, 2015
Tue - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015
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$400.00Regina
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.

30 hours/18 weeks, $376 (print & online), $265 (Regina) Additional costs: Text
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-824April 13, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015
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$376.00Online
CRN: 201403-694January 26, 2015 - April 17, 2015
CCA students only
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-1764March 23, 2015 - June 12, 2015
CCA students only
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
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$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-397January 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
DSW, EA, ECE-C & YCW-C students only
Mandatory workshop, May 16, 9 am-4 pm, room 144
Registration Deadline: January 19, 2015
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$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-635January 7, 2015 - March 18, 2015
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2015
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$265.00Regina
CRN: 201403-333January 8, 2015 - March 12, 2015
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2015
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$325.00Regina
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)

45 hours/20 weeks $395 (print), $430 (Moose Jaw) $440 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-400January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-408February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-332January 7, 2015 - April 15, 2015
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2015
Register Online
$440.00Regina
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.

40 hours/20 weeks (Regina) $390 (Print and Palliser) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-402January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-412February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-415March 9, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-336March 19, 2015 - June 11, 2015
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: March 25, 2015
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$400.00Regina
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, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children, Lifespan Development A


40 hours/20 weeks (print), $400 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-399February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
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$410.00Home Study (Print)
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: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children, Lifespan Development A, or PRAC 181


$450, 60 hours/24 weeks (print), $495 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-403January 5, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
Register Online
$450.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-334February 7, 2015 - April 11, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: February 7, 2015
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$505.00Regina
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, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children, Lifespan Development A


40 hours/20 weeks (print), $400 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-398February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
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$410.00Home Study (Print)
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: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development, Observation of Children, Lifespan Development A


40 hours/20 weeks ($410 print), $390 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-692February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
Register Online
$410.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-337March 28, 2015 - May 9, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: March 28, 2015
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$400.00Regina
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.

Facilitated study at Workshops in Prince Albert: Jan 10 9a-4p Feb 28 9a-4p Mar 28 9a-12p

40 hours/20 weeks, $390 print, Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-405January 12, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-406February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-416March 9, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-417April 6, 2015 - August 21, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-678January 10, 2015 - March 28, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Room: A237
Registration Deadline: January 10, 2015
Register Online
$400.00Prince Albert
CRN: 201403-4147January 12, 2015 - February 20, 2015
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2015
Register Now
TBAPrince Albert
CRN: 201403-331January 6, 2015 - March 31, 2015
Tue - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2015
Register Online
$400.00Regina
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.

40 hours/20 weeks (Print $390) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-407February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
Register Online
$390.00Distance
CRN: 201403-338March 16, 2015 - June 22, 2015
Mon - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: March 22, 2015
Register Online
$400.00Regina

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