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Early Childhood Education (Certificate)

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Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus
  • Distance Learning options available
Length: 38 weeks

Note:
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.

Young children making the transition from home to child care or preschool need an enthusiastic, positive role model. They need someone dedicated to encouraging learning and growth. They need … you.

Our Program

SIAST’s one-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to work in a variety of child care settings. You can take the program at Kelsey (Saskatoon), Wascana (Regina) or Woodland (Prince Albert) campus, through regional colleges around the province, or through distance learning wherever you live.

The ECE program integrates current research on early childhood education into all of your courses. You’ll develop strong communication, observation and documentation skills. You’ll receive well-rounded training in:

  • child and adolescent development
  • child guidance techniques
  • role of early childhood educators
  • role of play in programming
  • values and practice of early childhood education
  • programming for creative arts, language, cognitive, social and emotional development

The emphasis on observation and documentation is market-driven—these are essential to building positive relationships with families, and employers are eager to hire grads with well-developed skills.

Start Working with Children in Week 1

You’ll interact with youngsters early in your program, thanks to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s partnerships with community and campus child care centres. Saskatoon students also have access to a unique learning opportunity—10% of all your courses are based on work in our Early Childhood Demonstration Centre.

At the end of your first and second semesters, you’ll also participate in 6-week practicums in a child care or preschool setting. This real-world learning gives you a competitive edge in the workforce.

Want to Open More Doors?

When you graduate, you’re eligible to apply to become a licensed Level II Early Childhood Educator (ECE). Many child care centres and preschools only hire licensed ECEs. You can also go on to earn a diploma in Early Childhood Education with one more year of study. Or, you can transfer some of your credits to the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Education degree program in Elementary Education.

Your Career

Early childhood educators are in demand in Saskatchewan—and employers are especially eager to hire Saskatchewan Polytechnic grads because of your well-rounded knowledge and up-to-date skills. Look for ECE jobs in child care centres, preschools, family day homes, elementary school settings and even private homes.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
"38 weeks (certificate), 76 weeks (diploma)"Early Childhood Educator (Early Childhood Educators and Assistants)$60,400 - $20,800

Program Details

Start Date(s): September (Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert); January (International intake; Saskatoon)

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Effective for the 2015 intake, applicants require Grade 12 with English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering required coursework with children. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. If you do not complete the practicum, you will not graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • Your immunization record and current Mantoux (Tuberculin) testing is required for your practicum placement.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 291
Interpersonal Communications
2
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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.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
ECE 100
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3
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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, spiritual 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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
ECE 106
Role of Play in Early Childhood Education
3
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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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): HUMD 182
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
ECE 142
Health, Safety and Nutrition
3
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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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
ECE 181
Observation of Children
3
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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 observations and document children’s interests, learning and development.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECD 122
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
HUMD 100
Child and Adolescent Development
3
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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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HUMD 143, NEPS 216
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
HUMD 183
Child Guidance 1
3
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You will examine the strategies of developmentally appropriate child guidance. The role of the adult in anticipating and encouraging appropriate 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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 104
Practicum 1
9
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Building on the skills knowledge and attitudes 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 knowledge and 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.Credit Units: 9
Course Hours: 128.0
Prerequisites(s): ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), HUMD 183, ECE 181
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ECE 101
Roles and Values of the Early Childhood Educator
3
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The course focuses on the supporting values of the early childhood educator. You will examine the common values that include respect for human dignity and diversity. You will demonstrate through classroom and practical experience, responsibility, caring, compassion and teamwork. These are qualities that form the basis for personal and professional ethics of an early childhood educator.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
ECE 102
Programming for Creative Arts Development
4
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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 that is responsive to children’s interests in artistic expression. Your studies will examine how programming for creative arts is accommodated through the Project Approach.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group
ECE 103
Programming for Language Development
3
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You will examine the development of language and receive instruction and practice in planning curriculum to respond to the language needs of children. You will explore language play, language games, creative drama, 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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181
Equivalent Course(s): ECE 183
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group
ECE 104
Programming for Cognitive Development
3
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You will study the cognitive development of children and acquire skills in planning curriculum to meet the cognitive needs of children. Utilizing a holistic approach, you will be introduced to the cognitive processes of young children. You will plan curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and design effective learning environments. The curriculum strategies include creating invitations to learning, experiences with sensory materials such as sand, water and blocks and the incorporation mathematical and scientific concepts into daily activities. This will include invitations, experiences with sensory materials such as sand, water and blocks and the incorporation mathematical and scientific concepts into daily activities. Your studies will examine how programming for cognitive development is accommodated through the Project Approach.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181
Equivalent Course(s): ECE 185
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group
ECE 105
Programming for Social and Emotional Development
3
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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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): ECE 100, (HUMD 100 or HUMD 181), ECE 181
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Print Distance Group
EMPL 180
Employability Skills
3
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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.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): COM 103, COM 105, COMM 292
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 105
Practicum 2
13
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Building on the skills, knowledge and attitudes 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 plan and prepare developmentally appropriate curriculum. You will implement the curriculum and guide children’s behavior effectively.Credit Units: 13
Course Hours: 194.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 291, ECE 101, ECE 102, ECE 103, ECE 104, ECE 105, ECE 106, ECE 142, EMPL 180, PRAC 104
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum

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