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ECC-104 Developmental Journey

90 hours lecture, 6 credits


This course examines developmental perspectives that explain growth and development of children from conception to 12 years of age. The image of the child in society and the influence of family and culture on children's growth are addressed inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Application of theoretical knowledge to early childhood practice is emphasized through observation and child study.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Early Childhood Care & Education Program

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ECC-114 Partnerships - Part I - Child Guidance

30 hours lecture, 2 credits


This course offers an overview of philosophical and theoretical orientations that have influenced specific approaches to child guidance. Students will begin to learn the skills and dispositions needed to work in a collaborative and respectful manner with children and families. There will be a focus on encouragement other strategies that promote pro-social behaviours in children and support sollective well-being and belonging.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Early Childhood Care & Education Program

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ECC-116 Partnerships II - Advanced Guiding And Caring

30 hours lecture, 2 credits


This course will expand on the foundational knowledge, skill and values discussed in ECC 114 Partnerships I - Child Guidance.


Prerequisite(s):

  • ECC 114 Minimum grade C

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ECC-124 The Learning Child - Part I - Play & Curriculum

90 hours hand on experience + lecture, 6 credits


Using the knowledge gained in Developmental Journey, this course focuses on emergent, play-based curriculum. It discusses play in the holistic context of the current research and literature related to early childhood programs. Using an inquiry-based approach to the creative arts (art, language and literature) and science, students will examine the role of the early childhood educator in designing responsive quality environments, to facilitate the holistic development of the child through play.


Prerequisite(s):

  • ECC 104; may be taken as a co-requisite.

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ECC-125 The Learning Child - Part II - Planning for Play & the Environment

90 hours hands-on experience + lecture, 6 credits


Part II of this course will expand on the development of responsive physical environments taking into account all the elements that contribute to a positive learning environment for young children. Students will apply knowledge of cognitive development by designing and implementing curriculum ideas around math, music and movement, and social studies. Students will incorporate all aspects of curriculum planning with the actual designing of play spaces for all children.


Prerequisite(s):

  • ECC 124 Minimum Grade C

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ECC-136 Foundations of Professional Practice

45 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an introduction to the commitment and responsibility involved in being an early childhood educator. Included are the history and philosophy of ECCE and the BC Child Care Regulations. The later part of the course provides opportunities to explore the personal and professional development of the early childhood educator, current trends and professional issues in child care.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Early Childhood Care & Education Program

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ECC-140 Practice Experience I

90 hours field work + seminars, 2 credits


This first practice experience provides an introduction to the role of the early childhood educator and early learning programs. There will be a focus on direct observations of the children and the programs. Students will be gradually introduced to direct work with the children.


Prerequisite(s):

  • ECC 104, ECC 114 and ECC 124; may be taken as co-requisites.

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ECC-141 Practice Experience II

165 hours practice experience, 3 credits


A continuation of Practice Experience I with more practical experience in working directly with young children and a beginning involvement in program planning.


Prerequisite(s):

  • ECC-114, ECC 140, ECC 124, & ECC 125. May be taken as corequisites

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ECC-142 Practice Experience III

210 hours practice experience, 4 credits


In this practice experience students are expected to take a leadership role, becoming involved in all aspects of the child care program and assume the roles and responsibilities of an early childhood educator.


Prerequisite(s):

  • ECC 141

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For information about transferability: BCTransferGuide.ca 

ECC-157 Effective Interpersonal Communications

45 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an introduction to interpersonal communications and group dynamics. An experiential approach is used to develop self awareness, increase communication skills and work well in a team.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Early Childhood Care & Education Program

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ECC-163 Child, Family And Community

30 hours lecture, 2 credits


This course will provide an introduction to understanding the changing roles of families in contemporary society. Central to this concept, addressing the knowledge, skills and values necessary to establish partnerships with the family, respect their diversity and help them access community resources.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Early Childhood Care & Education Program

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ECC-168 Health Safety And Nutrition in Childcare Settings

30 hours lecture, 2 credits


This course provides opportunities for students to examine elements of population health, in relationship to health, safety and nutritional practices in early learning settings. Emphasis will be placed on studying practices and procedures that promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children including Indigenous approaches. Recognizing that some knowldge is sacred, the richness of local identities and diversities will be shared through the wisdom of local Elders and knowledge keepers. Attention will also be given to the student's reflections on personal wellness and the correlation to the creation of a nurturing, healthy and safe environment for all young children.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Early Childhood Care and Education Program.

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