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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


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - January 29, 2016
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-165
February 8, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-142
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,


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - February 26, 2016
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$461.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-760
January 11, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: January 15, 2016
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$461.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-143
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, 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
September 14, 2015 - January 29, 2016
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-174
January 18, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-154
The course provides an introduction to the study of children with diverse abilities and needs. You will examine practices related to identification, intervention and prevention of specific diverse abilities. You will also discuss historical and current approaches, trends and issues.

Same text(s) used for Children with Diverse Abilities 2 (SPSY 289) Regina course offered as facilitated study (combination in-class and independent study). Mandatory workshop dates Sept 24, Oct 22 and Nov 26. All assignments must be completed by Nov 26.

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


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 27, 2015 - December 8, 2015
Tue - 6:30-9:29 pm
Room: 120
Registration deadline: October 20, 2015
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$465.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201502-692
September 7, 2015 - January 22, 2016
Registration deadline: September 11, 2015
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-1012
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


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
December 15, 2015 - February 9, 2016
Tuesdays, Dec 15-Feb 9
No classes Dec 22 and Dec 29
Room: 120
Registration deadline: December 8, 2015
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$465.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201509-206
September 26, 2015 - December 3, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: September 19, 2015
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$465.00ReginaCRN: 201502-151
February 8, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-1021
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, Observation and Assessment, Programming for Infants and Toddlers, Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: May 16, 2016
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$937.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-185
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, Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 3, Child Guidance 2, Children with Diverse Abilities 2, Play Environments, Professionalism in Early Childhood Education, Anti-Bias Education for Early Childhood Education, Programming for Infants and Toddlers, Programming for School Age Children, Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs, Teamwork Skills, Administrative Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ADMN 204), Practicum 3 (PRAC 244)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: May 16, 2016
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$937.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-188
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
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$937.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-198
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
January 5, 2016 - February 4, 2016
Tue, Thu - 7:00-9:59 pm
Room: 250
Registration deadline: December 18, 2016
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$333.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201503-620
September 14, 2015 - November 4, 2015
Mon, Wed - 9:00-10:59 am
Registration deadline: September 7, 2015
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$343.00ReginaCRN: 201502-143
January 13, 2016 - March 23, 2016
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration deadline: January 19, 2016
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$343.00ReginaCRN: 201503-410
September 14, 2015 - December 4, 2015
Registration deadline: October 2, 2015
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-326
September 14, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-194
October 5, 2015 - February 5, 2016
Registration deadline: October 9, 2015
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-195
January 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-176
January 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-230
January 25, 2016 - April 15, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-321
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 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.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 16, 2016 - June 23, 2016
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: April 9, 2016
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$420.00ReginaCRN: 201503-133
September 28, 2015 - February 12, 2016
Registration deadline: October 2, 2015
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-202
January 11, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Registration deadline: January 15, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-183
The course is a continuation of Play in Early Childhood Education. You will use play theory to plan developmentally appropriate programs, plan indoor play environments, and to examine outdoor play environments.

Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education Certificate Practicum 2, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 12, 2015 - February 12, 2016
Registration deadline: October 16, 2015
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$363.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-206
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,


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
September 21, 2015 - February 5, 2016
Registration deadline: September 25, 2015
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-207
January 18, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-189
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


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 16, 2016 - March 17, 2016
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: January 9, 2016
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$465.00ReginaCRN: 201503-132
February 1, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-192
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, Practicum 4 (PRAC 181) or (PRAC 105)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 28, 2015 - February 12, 2016
Registration deadline: October 2, 2015
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-211
February 1, 2016 - June 18, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-195
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,


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 12, 2015 - February 26, 2016
Registration deadline: October 16, 2015
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-213
January 25, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016
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$410.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-197
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.

Additional costs: Required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 19, 2015 - February 19, 2016
Registration deadline: October 23, 2015
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$363.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-229

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