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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 III 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 and Saskatchewan Polytechnic 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.


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 (PRAC 105)


This course currently has no offerings.

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 (PRAC 105),


This course currently has no offerings.

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.

Regina 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: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2 (PRAC 105), Practicum 2 (PRAC 105)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 23, 2016 - April 12, 2016
Tuesdays, Feb 23 - Apr 12
No class March 29
Room: 120
Registration deadline: February 17, 2016
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$420.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201503-665
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 (SPSY 279)


This course currently has no offerings.

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: Children with Diverse Abilities 2 (SPSY 289), Observation and Assessment (ECE 221), Programming for Infants and Toddlers (ECE 202), Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs (ECE 201)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
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$937.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-196
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: Administration Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ADMN 204), Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 3 (PRAC 244), Child Guidance 2 (HUMD 200), Children with Diverse Abilities 2 (SPSY 289), Play Environments (ECE 200), Professionalism in Early Childhood Education (PD 240), Anti-Bias Education for Early Childhood Education (ECE 220), Programming for Infants and Toddlers (ECE 202), Programming for School Age Children (ECE 226), Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs (ECE 201), Teamwork Skills (COMM 294), Administrative Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ADMN 204), Practicum 3 (PRAC 244)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
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$937.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-198
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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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 (PRAC 105),


Additonal costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 19, 2016 - May 31, 2016
Tue - 6:30-9:29 pm
Room: 120
Registration deadline: April 12, 2016
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$420.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201509-204
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.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2 (PRAC 105)


This course currently has no offerings.

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 (PRAC 105), Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) or (PRAC 105)


This course currently has no offerings.

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 (PRAC 105),


This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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