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Co-op Programs  

Early Childhood Care and Education

A competency-based 3-year program, the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) program helps students master the skills required to enter a variety of educational career paths.

Graduates are able to design and develop curriculum for children up to 12 years of age. By consolidating a personal philosophy toward early childhood care and education, they are able to work effectively with co-workers in implementing developmental activities and become strong advocates for children and families. Graduates become qualified Early Childhood Educators and are able to secure employment across Canada and around the world.

A key feature of this program is the co-op component, where qualified students are eligible to be placed in paid summer work terms after completing their first year (two semesters) and second year (four semesters) of study. Access to a professional setting provides students with practical, real-life work experience, greatly improving their ability to secure employment in their field after graduation.

Student Skills and Competencies

Students who participate in a co-op work term:

  • Will deepen their understanding of child development, behaviour guidance and curriculum planning.
  • Will strengthening their knowledge of early literacy and play-based teaching and learning strategies.
  • Will design early childhood care and education programs for children up to 12 years of age.
  • Will seek employment in a variety programs including childcare, summer camps, recreations programs and participate in an array of early childhood and leadership activities.
  • Will strengthen their teamwork, organizational and interpersonal skills within a professional work environment.
  • Will develop networking opportunities and build relationships with community partners in the early learning and care sector and amongst various social service providers.
  • May seek opportunities to work in specialized programs supporting children at-risk.
  • May seek opportunities to work in programs supporting children with special-needs.
  • May seek opportunities to work within the public and private sectors doing research and program development.

Contact Information

Alain Beauparlant
Co-op Coordinator
T. 819-778-2270, Ext. 1280
F. 819-778-7364

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