Early Childhood Education Diploma Program
Developed with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, this program teaches both theoretical and practical experience necessary to assist in all aspects of creating and sustaining childcare programs for families and the community.
Be prepared for employment in the field of child care, work within child care centres, pre-school programs and family child care environments.
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The Early Childhood Education program was developed to meet the training standards of the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Department and is designed to provide opportunities for participants to develop the basic knowledge, skills, practical experience, and values necessary to work with children and their families, in child care centres, pre-school programs and family child care. Theory and practice are reinforced in our on-site child care centre (lab).
The Early Childhood Education program promotes readiness for employment in the community by developing the student’s abilities and initiative in creating and sustaining programs and strategies for children and their families.
The practical application of learning is intrinsic to the program and its participants. Students will be learning and working in the community throughout the program. Classroom learning and sharing will prepare students for work experience.
Graduates are qualified for employment in early childhood settings such as, child care centres, pre-schools and family child care.
Program Duration:900 hours of in-class instruction
640 hours of work place (practicum) experience Course of study will include the following:
- Understanding Child Development
- Early Childhood Program Development
- Play Theories in Curriculum Development
- Child Guidance Studies
- Child Behaviour Studies
- Observation/Assessment Studies
- Health & Safety
- Nutrition Studies
- Child in Family Studies
- Diversity Studies
- Exception Children Studies
- Professionalism and Community Resource Studies
- Foundation of Early Childhood Education Studies
- Research Studies
- Communication Studies
- Communication Studies (Computer Related)
Students must complete sixteen (16) weeks of work placement experience (practicums). Practicums will be divided over three periods within the program, in various childcare settings in the community. The first two placements being 160 hours (4 weeks) in duration, the final placement being 320 hours (8 weeks) in duration.
Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent, (GED)
- Clear Criminal Record Check
- Child Abuse Registry Check
- 2 Letters of Reference
Relevant certifications acquired during this program include:
- Standard First Aid
- CPR Level C
- WHMIS/Occupational Health & Safety
- Food Handlers