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Early Childhood Education

Challenge yourself with a special opportunity to teach children during their formative years. Touch their lives with this rewarding career in the education sector.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 4 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    Type

    Diploma

    Duration

    61 Weeks

    Internship

    8 Weeks

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    The Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program equips students with skills and knowledge in child development through mental, physical, social, and emotional fostering. Students will learn to nurture a child’s growth and learning by applying theories through a hands-on approach. In addition, the ECE program focuses on building skills in developing program and curriculum that promote positive development for a child. With New Brunswick-specific courses to satisfy details of the provincial framework, graduates of the program can attain meaningful careers in the ECE field and make a positive difference in the lives of children in their communities.

    Career Opportunities

    As an ECE graduate, you can find employment in healthcare, social assistance, recreational, educational, or service organizations. You may qualify for various positions such as Childcare Worker Assistant, Childcare Worker (Daycare), Daycare Helper, Daycare Supervisor, Daycare Teacher, Daycare Worker, Early Childhood Assistant, Early Childhood Education Worker, Early Childhood Educator, Early Childhood Educator Assistant, and Early Childhood Supervisor.

    Salary

    N/A

    Employment Rate

    $ 16

    Average Wage/Hour

    $ 19

    High Wage/Hour

    Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

    NOC Code: 4214 - Wage data is rounded to the nearest dollar and based on New Brunswick data. Local or regional income may vary. Last updated in Jan. 2022.

    Program Details

    Does childhood development pique your interest? Do you feel fulfilled when you make an impact on someone by imparting valuable knowledge? If so, then the Early Childhood Education program can steer your career into this gratifying field.

    The ECE program will teach you the foundations of the discipline — from your role and responsibilities as an educator to the applicable legislative and curricular frameworks needed in early learning settings. You will then learn the different fundamentals of child development, the psychology of early learning, and the proper manner of teaching various subjects to young children such as math, science, music, health, and literature. Enhance your competency with special topics related to observation and assessment of children’s learning, child abuse prevention and intervention, professional wellness and development, building family-centered partnerships, and dealing with exceptional children.

    Students of this program will receive:

    • Microsoft Office Suite training
    • First Aid and Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Level C certifications
    • 8-week internship
    • Diploma upon program completion
    Course Listings: New Brunswick
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Building Partnerships in ECE Setting
    Developing partnerships with families is an integral part of the ‘family-centred approach in early childhood education. This course studies various aspects of this developmentally appropriate practice by examining specific strategies for building effective partnerships such as: positive communication practices, supporting family involvement, and exploring ways to respond to the changing face of Canadian families. The increasing role of the educator within the community will also be examined.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Children with Exceptionalities
    This course is designed to develop an understanding of various disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the educator’s role in planning for individual needs, while supporting the needs of the entire group in an inclusive environment. The focus is on using a team approach, with active family involvement to support the child with special needs in inclusive educational settings.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Children’s Literature
    This course will study the design of literacy rich environments, including how to integrate language and literacy into all aspects of play-based program planning. Receptive and expressive language, writing and other graphical forms, as well as the reading of texts that are developmentally appropriate and of interest to the child from 0 to 12 years will be discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Early Childhood Education Foundations
    This course provides students with foundational understanding of the field of Early Childhood Education. Students will be introduced to the profession, the role and responsibilities of an Early Childhood Educator, as well as applicable legislation and curriculum frameworks required for working in a variety of early learning and care settings and with various age groups.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
    This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
    This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Curriculum Development & Design Part I
    This course will guide student understanding of curriculum development and design. Students will analyze and practice facilitating and evaluating children’s learning through curriculum planning and design using emergent principles, developmental theories, and play-based pedagogy based on curriculum frameworks for individual children and groups of children. Students will learn how to design environments that support positive early learning experiences through exploration both indoors and outdoors for infants and toddlers.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Curriculum Development & Design Part II
    This course will guide student understanding of curriculum development and design. Students will analyze and practice facilitating and evaluating children’s learning through curriculum planning and design using emergent principles, developmental theories, and play-based pedagogy based on curriculum frameworks for individual children and groups of children. Students will learn how to design environments that support positive early learning experiences through exploration both indoors and outdoors for preschool and school age.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Psychology of Early Learning
    This course studies the history and science of the field of psychology and its influence on contemporary early learning practices. Learning and developmental theorists and their theories will be studied in depth with a focus on their application in the early learning classroom.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - ECE
    Through this course, the teacher-in-training will develop skills in presenting developmentally appropriate activities to young children, on both an individual and a group basis. Students are scheduled for field practicum in community placement settings. These supervised field work hours assist the student in practicing observation and teaching skills
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Fundamentals in Child Development Part I
    This course examines child development from theoretical, genetic, and environmental perspectives. Students will study the cognitive/language, social, emotional, and physical domains of development, with a focus on developmental milestones from conception to toddlerhood.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Fundamentals of Child Development Part II
    This course examines child development from theoretical, genetic, and environmental perspectives. Students will study the cognitive/language, social, emotional, and physical domains of development, with a focus on developmental milestones from toddlerhood to school age.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Children
    This course studies the overall health of children, including nutrition, safety, and well-being from conception to school age. Students will understand their role in supporting health and safety in early learning and care environments a well as how to support well-being through inclusive, positive relationships and emotionally supportive environments. Various positive child guidance strategies that support children’s sense of wellbeing and belonging will also be explored.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legislation, Administration & Curriculum Frameworks
    This course familiarizes students with legislation governing the early childhood education sector, including administrative policies and procedures, the professional responsibilities of an ECE, as well as the roles of each tier of government. Students will also study the interconnectedness of legislation and curriculum frameworks and how to apply this concept in early learning and care settings.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Math & Science for Young Children
    This course will study the design of mathematically rich environments, including how to integrate math concepts into all aspects of play-based program planning. Measuring, sorting, categorizing, one-to-one correspondence, patterning, comparing/contrasting, constructing, as well as counting and 2D and 3D shape recognition activities that are developmentally appropriate and of interest to the child from 0 to 12 years will be discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Music & Movement
    This course will study the design of musically rich environments, including how to integrate music and movement concepts into all aspects of play-based program planning. Musical concepts such as melody, rhythm, and harmony will be explored as well as listening to music, creating music with voices and/or instruments, singing, dancing, and various other daily physical activities that are developmentally appropriate and of interest to the child from 0 to 12 years will be discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Observation and Assessment
    This course focuses on the utilization of various observation and assessment methods and tools for documenting children’s learning and developmental progression across all domains. Students will analyze how to gather, interpret, and apply observation and assessment data to program planning. Observation and assessment of individual children and groups of children will be discussed, including information sharing and referrals with families.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Prevention, Intervention and Reporting
    This course will familiarize students with the legal and professional obligations of an Early Childhood Educator regarding child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence, with a focus on reporting procedures and working with families. Students will study prevention measures, intervention strategies as well as reporting policies and procedures in accordance with current legislation. Students will also focus on play therapies and child-focused interventions in the early learning setting.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professional Development
    This course will introduce the student to the concept of professional development. An emphasis will be on reflective practices, the role and responsibilities of the Early Childhood Educator, as well as the importance of plans for lifelong learning. Students will engage in self-reflection activities, practice strategies to remain current in their knowledge of the field, as well as how to maintain professional behaviours and relationships with children, families, colleagues, and the community.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professional Wellness
    This course will focus on the wellness of the Early Childhood Educator. Occupational health and safety will be studied, as well as strategies to overcome stress across all domains of the professional (physical, emotional, social, cognitive). A holistic view to professional wellness will be explored with an emphasis on self-care strategies that include health and nutrition practices. The student will understand the importance of maintaining good health to be an effective educator of young children and a productive team member.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
    Admission Requirements
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    • Grade 12 or equivalent
    • Clear Conduct Certificate
    • Vulnerable Sector Search

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