Description

If you are interested in working in Québec as an Early Childhood Educator or Assistant, this program will formally prepare you to begin your career in a daycare, home childcare centre or after-school program.  With three years of experience obtained before or after graduating from this 1260-hour program, you will be recognized by law as one of the required two-out-of-three qualified professionals in the setting. 

Our graduates have found employment quickly upon graduation. This is a field in high demand. Upon completion, you will receive an Attestation of College Studies that will allow you to work as an early childhood educator in Quebec in a variety of early learning settings such as childcare centres, school age programs, nursery schools to name but a few.

For questions about the profession in Quebec, see here.

We look forward to working with you!

Dates and deadlines

  • Admission opens: 19 April, 2022
  • Admission deadline: August 10, 2022
  • Course starts: August 22, 2022

Location

(Course delivery and technical requirements)

This program is delivered online. There is no requirement for students to come to campus at any point or attend any scheduled online sessions. You will read course notes and articles, watch videos, complete activities, and assignments, and engage in discussions with your peers. There are no textbooks used in the program, so you won’t have any additional fees to pay. Students complete the coursework on their own time while following set due dates for each course. You will usually work on a different course each day of the week, and you often have a full week to complete the readings and assignment associated with each module. Your teachers are available to answer any questions by email or through Zoom. This program is ideal for anyone working or with responsibilities that would make it challenging to attend scheduled classes.  

Students complete two in-person fieldwork experiences. The first one takes place in February-March, and the second one occurs in June-August.

Student will need the following equipment for all classes:

  • Computer
  • High-speed internet access
  • Headset with microphone
  • Webcam

How to apply

To apply for admission:

  • Complete the online application on SRAM. Click onto the Continuing Education application portal.
  • Select Cégep Heritage College and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number.
  • If applicable, submit all required documents by mailing them to the College or uploading them to your SRAM application account. You must also pay the $30.00 non-refundable application fee online. The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

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Eligibility

Applicants who have received instruction considered sufficient by the College may be admitted to the Early Childhood Care and Education program if they also:  

  1. meet one of the following conditions:
    • have interrupted their full-time studies or pursued full-time postsecondary studies for at least 2 consecutive semesters or 1 school year
    • are covered by an agreement between the College and an employer or who benefits from a government program of studies
    • have interrupted full-time studies during at least 1 semester and pursued full-time post-secondary studies during at least 1 additional semester
    • hold a Québec Secondary School Vocational Diploma (DEP)
  2. and demonstrate that they possess sufficient proficiency in English

Sample course grid

Code
Credit
Weight
# of hours
  • 322-703-HR
    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.

    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
    322-703-HR
    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
  • 322-713-HR
    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.

    1.66
    2-1-1
    45
    322-713-HR
    1.66
    2-1-1
    45
  • 322-724-HR
    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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    322-724-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 350-704-HR
    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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    350-704-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 322-714-HR
    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.

    2.33
    2-2-3
    60
    322-714-HR
    2.33
    2-2-3
    60
  • 350-714-HR
    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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    350-714-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 322-823-HR
    Autonomy in Children

    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.

    1.66
    1-2-2
    45
    322-823-HR
    1.66
    1-2-2
    45
  • 322-773-HR
    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.

    1.66
    1-2-2
    45
    322-773-HR
    1.66
    1-2-2
    45
  • 322-734-HR
    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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    322-734-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 322-793-HR
    Child Health

    Students will develop skills to ensure children’s health in the child care setting with consideration to physical, social and emotional dimensions.

    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
    322-793-HR
    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
  • 322-803-HR
    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.

    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
    322-803-HR
    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
  • 322-744-HR
    Educational Activities for Children 2 to 5 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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    322-744-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 322-709-HR
    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.

    3.66
    1-8-2
    135
    322-709-HR
    3.66
    1-8-2
    135
  • 322-813-HR
    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.

    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
    322-813-HR
    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
  • 322-824-HR
    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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    322-824-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 322-754-HR
    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.

    2
    2-2-2
    60
    322-754-HR
    2
    2-2-2
    60
  • 322-833-HR
    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.

    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
    322-833-HR
    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
  • 322-70F-HR
    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.

    6.33
    1-15-3
    240
    322-70F-HR
    6.33
    1-15-3
    240
  • 322-843-HR
    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.

    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
    322-843-HR
    1.66
    2-1-2
    45
  • 322-A38-HR
    Creativity

    This course will help students to recognize the need to develop and maximize skills in creative thinking as an important life skill for educators and children alike. Students will be given the opportunity to practice and develop creative skills using a variety of lateral thinking techniques.
     

    2
    1-2-3
    N/A
    322-A38-HR
    2
    1-2-3
    N/A
  • 412-L07-HR
    Document Design and Production in the Early Childhood Field

    This course is a basic text editing course where students will learn to create and edit documents which are related to Early Childhood Education topics.
     

    2
    1-2-3
    N/A
    412-L07-HR
    2
    1-2-3
    N/A

Fees

Application fee

A fee of $30.00 is paid to SRAM. This fee is non-refundable.

Registration fees

The following registration fees are paid per semester by Quebec residents to the College:

Full-time registration fee*$20.00
Full-time special fees$85.00
Full-time common education fees$25.00
Computer user fee$20.00
Foundation fee (optional)$5.00
Total for Quebec resident =$155.00

Fees are subject to Quebec residency status. Quebec Residency will be checked once students are admitted. For more information on documents required to demonstrate Quebec Residency status please contact Student Services.

*Non-refundable fee

Non-Quebec resident fee

Non-Quebec residents pay a fee of $1,572.00 on top of the standard registration fee. Total registration costs for a non-Quebec resident are: $1,727.00.


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