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Early Childhood Care and Education Year 2

Applications are not being accepted for the upcoming semester

Start Date: January

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years (Part Time)

Credential: Diploma, Early Childhood Educator

Program Availability: Fall 2022 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Please note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Early Childhood Care and Education Year 2 is a 10-credit part-time program in a blended learning delivery format, with some course components and classes taking place face-to-face and others delivered online. Each course is offered in the evening or on weekends, and there are no courses offered in the summer months.

Applicants must have obtained their Early Childhood Assistant certificate within the past 10 years. Current work experience in the Early Childhood Care and Education field will be considered an asset.    

The Early Childhood Care and Education program is grounded in a theoretical understanding of early childhood development. You will learn how to design and implement a curriculum that inspires young minds, helps children develop socially, emotionally, and physically, and promotes inclusiveness. You will discover how much work goes into creating child’s play—and experience the joy that comes with it! 

Please note that the following documents will be requested prior to clinical and practicum courses: 

  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate 
  • Criminal Record Check. Vulnerable Sector Check. If a Criminal Record Check or Vulnerable Sector Check indicates a record exists, the student's ability to complete the program may be affected. 
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR

This Early Childhood Care and Education Year 2 program is part of the College Transformation des Collèges Project of the Atlantic Colleges Atlantique and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. 

Ce programme de deuxième année de Soins et éducation à la petite enfance fait partie du projet College Transformation des Collèges de l’Atlantic Colleges Atlantique et est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.

  • Early Childhood Assistant certificate obtained from an accredited or recognized institution within the last 10 years.
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate 
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR providerThis training must be taken in person, NOT online.
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • If your first language is not English, please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

10 Courses $4,484

Canadian Cost Breakdown

** Each course fee will be paid when a student begins the course.

Date Course Start Date  Cost
January 2021 ECCE-2036 Inclusion, Diversity and the Child Jan. 9, 2021 $493
April 2021 ECCE-2015 Direct Guidance Apr. 10, 2021 $493
September 2021 EDUC-2000 Curriculum lll: Strategies and Assessment Sept. 11, 2021 $493
January 2022 PROF-2030 Ethical Practice and Professionalism  Jan. 8, 2022 $493
January 2022 ECCE-2012 Partnering with Families Jan. 8, 2022 $493
April 2022 PRAC-2020 ECCE Practicum ll Apr. 4, 2022 $270
September 2022 ECCE-2020 Supporting Children with Exceptionalities Sept. 10, 2022 $493
January 2023 PSYC-2000 School Age Development Jan. 7, 2023 $493
January 2023 EDUC-2005 Curriculum lV: Programming in Action Jan. 7, 2023 $493
April 2023 PRAC-2025 ECCE Practicum lll Apr. 29, 2023 $270
  Total   $4,484

International Cost Breakdown

Not applicable
  • Early childhood centres 
  • Organizations with child and family related programs 
  • Nursery schools 
  • Play groups 
  • Recreation programs 
  • Family resource centres 
  • Developmental preschools

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

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.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:COMM-1025

Communications: Self and Others

This course explores verbal, non-verbal, and written 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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ECCE-1000

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ECCE-1011

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ECCE-1030

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ECCE-1070

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.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ECCE-1200

Positive Child Guidance

This course is designed to help students understand children's needs and behaviour and what it means to use a positive guidance approach in supporting children's social and emotional development. The course will explore environmental and developmental factors that influence behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on positive guidance strategies that enhance the child's self-esteem and support emotional intelligence, co-regulation, and self-regulation. Developmentally appropriate self-management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies used to create an environment of respect, cooperation, and social competence in early childhood settings will be examined.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ECCE-2012

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ECCE-2020

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ECCE-2036

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:EDUC-1000

Curriculum I: Play is Learning

An introduction to curriculum in Early Childhood Education settings. Students are exposed to curriculum structures, approaches and frameworks of learning through play. Students create teaching tools and develop their own spirit of playful learning.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:EDUC-1005

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:EDUC-2000

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:EDUC-2005

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:NCPR-1000

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.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:PRAC-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.

Credit Value:6

Course Code:PRAC-2020

ECCE Practicum II

Students will gain confidence, integrate knowledge, 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.

Credit Value:6

Course Code:PRAC-2025

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. Throughout 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. Towards the latter part of the practicum, the student also becomes responsible for the flow of the day.

Credit Value:6

Course Code:PROF-2030

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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:PSYC-1005

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.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:PSYC-1010

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.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:PSYC-2000

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.

Credit Value:3


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