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Early Childhood Care and Education

Course Descriptions


322-703-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
The Early Childhood Education Profession
In this course, students become acquainted with the early childhood profession. The student will become familiar with the various settings and conditions of the profession as well as with the current terminology. Moreover, the student will learn about other essential aspects in the field of early learning such as: regulations, quality indicators, responsive environments and play-based learning.


322-709-HR     1-8-2     3.66 cr.
Fieldwork 1: Initiation
Students will participate in a 135-hour onsite experience and will work closely with a co-operating educator and a faculty fieldwork supervisor. Students will become familiar with the components of the Fieldwork 1 course: the Manual, the Appendices, the roles and responsibilities of the various participants, reflective practice and journal-writing and developmentally appropriate practice.


322-70F-HR     1-15-3     6.33 cr.
Fieldwork 2: integration
Students will participate in a 240-hour onsite experience and will use theoretical knowledge of early childhood by applying effective communication and educational strategies, planning activities and assuming responsibility for curriculum areas. The student will work closely with a cooperating educator and faculty fieldwork supervisor.


322-713-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
Safety in Child Care
Students will acquire skills and knowledge necessary to prevent health and safety hazards and to deal with emergency situations promptly and efficiently. The student will also develop skills to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect.


322-714-HR     2-2-3     2.33 cr.
Observing Children
Students will study the rationale and methodology of child observation as used by professionals in early childhood setting from 0 to 12 years. Through guided observations, students will develop the vocabulary and skills necessary for reporting the development of the young child as an individual and as a member of a group.


322-724-HR     2-2-2     2 cr.
Professional Communication Skills
Students will become familiar with the principles of effective communication and will develop skills in conveying information in written and oral form. Emphasis will be placed on communication in the workplace.


322-734-HR     2-2-2     2 cr.
Educational Activities for Children 0 to 2 Years of Age
Students will develop an understanding of how to plan, design, modify and implement educational activities for pre-school and kindergarten aged children while promoting their overall development.


322-754-HR     2-2-2     2 cr.
Educational Activities for Children 5 to 12 Years of Age
Students will develop an understanding of how to plan, design, modify and implement educational activities for 5-12 year olds while promoting their overall development. Emphasis will be on planning for long-term projects and outings with children.


322-773-HR     1-2-2     1.66 cr.
Meaningful Relationships with Children
Students will develop knowledge and skill in establishing secure, meaningful relationships with children 0-12 based on trust, confidence and respect.


322-793-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
Child Health
Students will develop skills to ensure children’s health in the child care setting with consideration to physical, social and emotional dimensions.


322-803-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
Nutrition
Students will learn about the foundations of healthy eating, and in particular, the nutritional requirements during the early childhood years. Major related issues include menu planning, establishing positive eating habits, and designing nutrition education programs for young children and their families.


322-813-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
Inclusive and Special Education
Students will study the concept of inclusion and how it impacts their role as an educator. Knowledge will be acquired in the form of lectures, labs, hands-on activities, and fieldtrips. The primary focus will be to create curricula that are developmentally appropriate to all learners. This will include: adaptations to the physical environment, programming based on individual needs and developmental level, in addition to, behaviour guidance strategies.


322-823-HR     1-2-2     1.66 cr.
Autonomy in Children
Students will acquire knowledge of the needs of children with respect to the development of autonomy. The students will learn strategies and techniques to intervene with individuals and groups of children, and to evaluate the support given. Students will learn how to support children throughout the daily schedule, with various age groups, based on a need identified by the educator or expressed by the child, in collaboration with parents and coworkers.


322-824-HR     2-2-2     2 cr.
Guidance Interventions
Students will develop knowledge and skills with regard to behaviour guidance interventions. The student will learn guidance strategies, plan, implement and evaluate intervention plans.


322-833-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
Professional Partnerships
Students will learn how to establish a partnership with parents and the resource people who intervene with the child. Students are taught appropriate strategies, methods and attitudes to facilitate the welcoming of new parents, to establish cooperation with them and to ensure educational coherence and continuity. The student will also learn how to compose reports on the child's experience using the necessary tools relevant to the situation.


322-843-HR     2-1-2     1.66 cr.
Pedagogical Approaches
Students will learn to analyze various educational approaches in early years learning and to develop their ability to link theory to practice. Students' programming will demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practice and sensitivity to diverse groups of children.


350-704-HR     2-2-2     2 cr.
Child Development 0 to 5 years
Students will gain an in-depth understanding or early child development (birth to 5 years) and be introduced to the theory and research in the field of developmental psychology. This course has an interdisciplinary approach using scientific inquiry to study the development of this period in child development and apply this knowledge in a practical setting. Topics covered in this class will include major psychological theories of early human development; basics of developmental research methodology; genetic aspects of human development; prenatal development; birth; theories of biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial development from birth to 5 years.


350-714-HR     2-2-2     2 cr.
Child Development 5 to 12 years
Students will learn of child development stages and milestones (primarily during 5-12 years). Cognitive, physical, affective, social, moral, language and sexual development will be studied.