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The 2017/2018 Academic timetable will be posted Monday April 3, 2017.

Continuing student registration for 2017/2018 Academic year begins on Monday May 8, 2017.

New student registration begins on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

The college reserves the right to change its course offerings at any time. Note: Not all courses listed are offered every term. Unless otherwise specified, a minimum of letter grade of C is required to meet a prerequisite.

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ECC-104

Developmental Journey - Part 1

90 hours lecture, 6 credits

This course examines growth and development of children from conception to 12 years of life. Developmental principles and process are examined as well as the major theories in relation to the development of the whole child as well as examining cultural influences and variations in development. As an integral part of knowing the whole child, students will understand and demonstrate the importance of observing each child's growth, development and experiences.

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. Concepts related to these approaches will be discussed and students will be able to apply guidance strategies in their practice experiences. There will be a focus on encouragement and prevention.

Prerequisite(s):

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


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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 Journeys, this course focuses on play-based curriculum. It discusses play in the total context of the literature related to early childhood programs. Using an integrated approach to the creative arts (art, music, and language and literature) and science, students will examine the role of the early childhood educator in providing quality environments, which facilitate the development of the whole child through play.

Prerequisite(s):

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


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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 the early childhood program. There will be a focus on direct observations of the children and the program. Students will be gradually introduced to the program and 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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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 overall health, safety and nutritional practice in early childhood settings. Emphasis will be placed on studying policies and practices that promote health, safety and well-being of children. Attention will also be given to educator's reflection on personal wellness, modeling and promoting healthy and safe environment for young children.

Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Provincial English 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098, or ESL 090; or placement testing.


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ECC-204

Developmental Journeys - Part II - Advanced

60 hours lecture, 4 credits

This course will build on knowledge from Developmental Journey, Part I, and integrate developmental theory at a more advanced level. It will include a review of the principles and theories of development, as well as provide opportunities to examine themes that recur throughout the life cycle (e.g. attachment, separation, autonomy). Students will be given opportunities to explore critical developmental issues of interest as well as those related specifically to children under three and children with supported child care needs.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-215

Partnerships - Advanced

60 hours lecture, 4 credits

This course will expand on the foundational knowledge, skills and values discussed in Part II with more emphasis on application of both guiding and caring and working effectively as part of a team with colleagues, families and community. This will include looking at more challenging behaviours and how to use observation and creative problem solving as part of a team to plan effective intervention. Students will take a closer look at what it means to include families in a meaningful way.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-224

The Learning Child - Infants & Toddlers -Part III

60 hours lecture, 4 credits

This course is designed to build on the knowledge gained from earlier courses. This is a more in-depth look at adapting to the diverse needs of infants and toddlers and their families within a group setting. A study of developmentally appropriate practices and play-based curriculum planning for this age group will be addressed. Specific developmental issues such as attachment and separation and the needs of infants and toddlers with supported child care needs will also be explored.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-245

Practice Experience - Special Needs

187.5 hours practice experience + 12.5 hours seminar, 4 credits

This practice experience is designed to provide the student with supervised opportunities to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills from core courses in the 2nd year of the Early Childhood Care and Education program and particularly from ECCE Certificate or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s):

  • ECCE Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-246

Practice Experience - Infants and Toddler

187.5 Practice Experience + 12.5 hours seminar, 4 credits

This practice experience is designed to provide the student with opportunities, under supervision, to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills from core courses in the 2nd year of the Early Childhood Care and Education program and particularly from ECCE Certificate or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s):

  • ECCE Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-255

Self & Others - Part III

45 hours lecture, 3 credits

This course encourages students to explore communication from a professional standpoint, including their role in advocacy, professional associations and groups, and working with community partners.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-264

Supported Child Care

60 hours lecture, 4 credits

This course is designed to prepare the student to work as an early childhood educator with children who require extra support. Knowledge of typical and atypical child growth and development will precede examination of the nature of conditions leading to and resulting in various factors that put children at risk. The knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary to assist the child and his/her family will be emphasized, along with the utilization of specialized community resources. An observation practicum is integral to this course.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Early Childhood Care Certificate or equivalent


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ECC-268

Supervising Early Childhood Centers

60 hours lecture, 4 credits

This course is designed to prepare students for the administration and supervisory responsibilities in an early childhood care and education facility. In addition to an overview of broad concepts and principles related to administration, specific roles and responsibilities of the administrator will be addressed. Discussion of current trends and issues within the ECCE profession will be included.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Early Childhood & Education Program Certificate


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