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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005



Communications: Self and Others

Exploration of verbal and non-verbal communication knowledge and skills. Students investigate humanistic theory, choice theory, behaviour, motivation, communication techniques, issues of responsibility and accountability, and conflict resolution. Variations in culture and understanding are examined.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1025



Foundations of Early Childhood Care and Education

Exploration of early childhood care and education and self as a practitioner. Students examine the historical beginnings of the field including the theorists and philosophers who have contributed to our understanding of growth and development of young children. Current trends in North America and other areas of the world are explored.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ECCE-1000



The Contemporary Family

Examine the process and outcomes of socialization and develop a broader sensitivity to unique family needs. Key areas of study include parenting styles, the family within a societal context, and how to build relationships with families.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ECCE-1011



Indirect Guidance

Exploration of the concepts of guidance and discipline, presented within the framework of child growth and development and constructivist education. Indirect guidance strategies that support children's development of self-regulation are presented.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ECCE-1020



Learning Environment As the Third Teacher

Recognizing the environment as a significant factor in early childhood education. Students explore various components of play, investigate their role as a facilitator of play, and consider the connection between play and the learning environment. Students create an environment that will encourage optimal learning for children.

Hours: 66
Course Code: ECCE-1030



Health, Safety and Nutrition

Attain the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain healthy and safe environments and to provide healthy and nutritious food for young children. Key topics include prevention, universal precautions, working in partnership with families and community resources.

Hours: 30
Course Code: ECCE-1070



Partnering With Families

Examination of significant impacts of family life on children in an early childhood learning situation. Students examine their role in assisting families and effective communication with other professionals and agencies concerned with children and families.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ECCE-2012



Direct Guidance Guiding Children's Behaviour

A survey of direct guidance strategies to implement when indirect strategies are not enough. Students know when and how to intervene and assist children in gaining the social and emotional skills necessary to self-regulate behaviour and make more appropriate, socially acceptable choices.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ECCE-2015



Supporting Children With Exceptionalities

Students explore the individual needs of children experiencing exceptionalities. Emphasis will be placed on how to support children and their families within a community setting.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ECCE-2020



Inclusion, Diversity and the Child

Students are introduced to techniques that foster diversity and inclusion in their practice through exploration of the social attitudes and historical practices in early childhood education.

Hours: 57
Course Code: ECCE-2036



Curriculum I: Play is Learning

An introduction to curriculum in Early Childhood Education settings. Students are exposed to curriculum structures, approaches and frameworks with a particular focus on the PEI Early Learning Framework and learning through play. Students create teaching tools and develop their own spirit of playful learning.

Hours: 75
Course Code: EDUC-1000



Curriculum II:The Planning Cycle

Addressing the full planning cycle, students plan and implement programs for young children. From the formulation of outcomes based on observations and children's interests to implement emergent curriculum plans that encourage each child's potential.

Hours: 60
Course Code: EDUC-1005



Curriculum III:strategies and Assessment

Students demonstrate how observation, interpretation and assessment guide early childhood practice, specifically in relation to planning, creating, adapting and sustaining inclusive early learning experiences. Students explore methods and roles of assessment in planning. Students learn how and why to employ various instructional and assessment strategies.

Hours: 60
Course Code: EDUC-2000



Curriculum IV:Programming in Action

Students critically reflect on and evaluate program plans to solidify knowledge and skills in all aspects of curriculum and program planning. Students will use identified gaps and patterns in their previous program plans to develop a sustainable action plan for growth.

Hours: 45
Course Code: EDUC-2005



Food Service Sanitation Certificate

Students attend a food service safety course featuring a presentation on safe food preparation, how food poisoning happens, and how it can be prevented. Students will learn how to prevent food preparation mistakes that lead to disease outbreaks and possible damage to operator reputation. Students gain confidence that food handling practices are in keeping with recommended practices.

Hours: 8
Course Code: NCPR-1000



ECCE Practicum I

Students participate in and provide daily activities within an early learning centre with a focus on core educator behaviours and practices. Students begin to plan and implement programming, document and assess children's experiences and progress, and explore elements of effective relationships with children, families, and team members.

Hours: 240
Course Code: PRAC-1000



ECCE Practicum II

Students will gain confidence, integrate learnings, and demonstrate acquired skills in a learning-related work setting. Students plan and implement programming, document and assess children's experiences and progress, and build effective relationships with children, families, and team members.

Hours: 240
Course Code: PRAC-2020



Practicum III

This is the final work placement for the ECCE program, where students demonstrate the integration of skills, knowledge, and attitudes required for success in a learning-related work setting. Towards the later part of the practicum, students are expected to plan and implement programming, document and assess children's experiences and progress, and build effective relationships with children, families, and team members without assistance from their supervisor.

Hours: 240
Course Code: PRAC-2025



Ethical Practice and Professionalism

Students examine ethical behaviour and professional practice in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. Students develop an awareness of the provincial and national codes of ethics, as well as the national occupational standards. These topics are explored in relation to the students' future professional employment.

Hours: 54
Course Code: PROF-2030



Prenatal Through Toddler Development

Examining key areas of study in child growth and development from prenatal through toddler stages, including biological and environmental factors. Current research on brain development as well as milestones in all developmental areas will be explored. Students practice observing and recording behaviour and development.

Hours: 75
Course Code: PSYC-1005



Preschool Development

Students explore factors and their effects on a child's development in the preschool years: ages 2 to 5. Knowledge of milestones in all developmental areas are connected to theorists who have contributed to our understanding of these areas. Students practice observing, documenting and communicating behaviour and development.

Hours: 75
Course Code: PSYC-1010



School Age Development

A survey of the growth and development of children from 5 to 12 years. Students study the developmental milestones and the theories contributing to the understanding of children of this age. Particular concentration on literacy, cognitive advances and social/emotional development.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PSYC-2000