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Diploma in Early Learning & Childcare Red Deer College

Canada

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Summary

Related Careers

Graduates of the Certificate program in Early Learning and Child Care may find employment in a variety of positions:

  • early childhood caregivers in child care programs
  • instructional assistants in kindergarten programs and primary grades
  • teachers in a nursery school
  • caregivers in school-age care programs
  • family day home providers

As well as the above, other opportunities for employment for Diploma graduates include:

  • day care directors and administrators
  • family support workers/visitors
  • family support workers/visitors
  • child care program coordinators (in a women's shelter, for instance)
  • family support workers
  • instructional assistants to children with special needs in preschool or school programs

The Program

The importance of the early years in a child's development is well established. There is a critical need for a variety of programs for children and families and for trained staff to ensure children's developmental needs are being met. The Early Learning and Child Care Program trains professionals to work with children from birth to eight years, with some related preparation for working with children from eight to twelve years of age. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on developing caring relationships with children and families.

A two-year diploma can help prepare students for a rewarding career. This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop competencies in such areas as child development, interpersonal relations, curriculum content, family studies, exceptional children, and program management.

Focus is placed on the integration of theory and practice. This is accomplished by an extended practicum in a variety of early learning and care program environments.

RDC offers a two-year diploma program in Early Learning and Child Care. Each course you take focuses on a different topic important to those who work with young children - everything from child development, to guiding behavior, to planning snacks and bulletin boards, to planning and participating in play experiences, to interacting with children who have special needs.

The ELCC department operates in partnership with college and community programs serving children from birth to twelve years of age. Students work in practicum placements in these programs as a method of integrating theory and practice. There are two practicum courses in each of the ELCC programs. By the end of the Diploma Program, students assume many of the responsibilities related to preschool care and education in their practicums.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Diploma in Early Learning & Childcare.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

Year 1: CAN $18,410; Year 2: CAN $17,884; Spring term fee: CAN $3,682 for Year 1 or 2

From

Jan-21, May-21

Venue

School of Education

100 College Boulevard,

Alberta (AB),

T4N 5H5, Canada

Online/Distance with attendence (2 years)

Tuition fees

Year 1: CAN $18,410; Year 2: CAN $17,884; Spring term fee: CAN $3,682 for Year 1 or 2

From

Jan-21, May-21

Venue

School of Education

100 College Boulevard,

Alberta (AB),

T4N 5H5, Canada

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees

Year 1: CAN $18,410; Year 2: CAN $17,884; Spring term fee: CAN $3,682 for Year 1 or 2

From

Jan-21, May-21

Venue

Red Deer College

100 College Boulevard,

RED DEER,

Alberta (AB),

T4N 5H5, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Diploma Admission Requirements (3 options):

Option 1: A minimum of 50% in ELA 30-1 or 65% in ELA 30-2, or equivalent. OR A minimum score of 250 on the Reading component, 250 on the Writing component and 5 on the Write Placer Test. OR Previous completion of three College-level courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Option 2: Early Learning and Child Care Certificate with a minimum GPA of 1.7, or consent of the Associate Dean.

Option 3: Transferring student from another post-secondary institution will be required to present an equivalent academic program.

Graduation Requirements:

A certificate will not be granted if a diploma has been awarded. You must pass all first year courses to receive a certificate and pass all second year courses to receive a diploma.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL (overall score): 83 iBT, 557 PBT
  • IELTS Academic (overall score): 6.5 with at least 5.5 on each band score
  • CAEL (overall score): 60 with at least 55 on each band score
  • MELAB (overall score): 77 with at least 72 on each band score
  • PTE (overall score): 59 with at least 56 on each band score
  • Duolingo English Test: 115

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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