EARLY LEARNING CHILD CARE CERTIFICATE

If you love children, this is a program that will allow you to make a difference in their lives. You will learn how to nurture young minds, deliver quality care and plan appropriate activities to help children grow.

The eight month (full-time) Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan developmentally appropriate activities for the children in your care. You will learn child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.

EMPLOYMENT

Early childhood development workers have a wide variety of employment opportunities influenced by factors including: trends and events affecting overall employment, your location, employment turnover, occupational growth and size of the occupation. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation age.

PROGRAM LENGTH

8 months (2 semesters)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Credit in English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent

OR:

  • Successful completion of the General Equivalency Development test (GED) with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing

OR:

  • Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test

OR:

  • Successful completion of nine one-credit Support Strategies Courses followed by six credits in Early Learning and Child Care courses for a total of 15 credits.

English proficiency must be verified by meeting ONE of the following criteria: a TOEFL score of 53.

A current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or fieldwork placements and, subsequently, successful completion of the program.

TRANSFERABILITY

Bow Valley College has a number of transfer agreements in place with other leading Canadian colleges and universities.

Program taught in:
  • English

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