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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


45 hours/20 weeks (Print), $430 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-295February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
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$395.01Home Study (Print)
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,


$440 60 hours/24 weeks (print), $390 (Regina) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-300January 12, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$440.00Home Study (Print)
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)


40 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-296January 19, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
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)


45 hours/20 weeks (Print), $440, 45 hours/8 weeks (Woodland) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-344April 25, 2015 - June 20, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: April 25, 2015
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$440.00Regina
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


45 hours/20 weeks, Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-297February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$395.01Distance
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: Play Environments, Programming for Infants and Toddlers, Observation and Assessment, Family and Community Relations, Children With Diverse Abilities 1, Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs, Children with Diverse Abilities 2


$884 (Woodland and Saskatoon), 194 hours/6 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-122September 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015
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$884.00Distance
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2015 - June 19, 2015$0.00Saskatoon
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: Teamwork Skills, Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs, Anti-Bias Education for Early Childhood Education, Programming for School Age Children, Child Guidance 2, Professionalism in Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Relations, Children With Diverse Abilities 1, Administration Skills for Early Childhood Educators, Children with Diverse Abilities 2, Early Childhood Education Diploma Practicum 3, Play Environments, Programming for Infants and Toddlers, Administrative Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ADMN 204), Practicum 3 (PRAC 244)


$884 (Woodland), 194 hours/6 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201409-123September 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015
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$884.00Distance
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.

40 hours/20 weeks (print), $390, 40 hours/7 weeks (Prince Albert), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-298January 12, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
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)


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,


40 hours/20 weeks, Additonal costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-299January 19, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
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


45 hours/20 weeks (Print), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-303February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$395.01Home Study (Print)
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)


45 hours/20 weeks (print), $430, 45 hours/8 weeks (Woodland), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-301February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$395.01Distance
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,


40 hours/20 weeks, Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-302January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
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$390.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-1898January 24, 2015 - March 19, 2015
Sat - 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: January 24, 2015
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$400.00Regina
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.

30 hours/18 weeks (Print), #320 (Regina, Prince Albert) Additional costs: Required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201402-285October 20, 2014 - February 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: October 24, 2014
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$345.00Distance
CRN: 201403-2484January 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 29, 2015
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$345.00Distance

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