PART-TIME | INTERLAKE CAMPUS EARCP-DP Early Childhood Education

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
ECED-1027Guiding 1
3
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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COMM-1014Interpersonal Communication 2
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The focus of this course is to integrate Advanced Communication Skills through theory and activities in the Early Childhood and Child & Youth Care areas.  The student will be introduced to a review in the basics of Communication and extensive knowledge in Nonverbal Communication, Listening, Relational Dynamics, Communication Climate and Conflict Resolution.

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LOOK:  Looking Out, Looking In, Third Canadian Edition is the required textbook for this course. If this is not the text that you received with Interpersonal Communication 1, please advise the Customer Service Representative at the time of registration. If you need to purchase this text the approximate cost of the textbook is $130.00.

This course builds on the course Interpersonal Communication 1, continuing the exploration of effective communication.  The course focuses on listening skills and relationships and introduces the student to a developmental model of the helping process.

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COMM-1049Use Academic Communications Skills
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Com Pac: 5C31. You will focus on strengthening your basic communication and writing skills, as well as identifying the importance of developing and maintaining these skills in all areas of your work.

COMM-1050Use Interpersonal Skills 1
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Com Pac: 5C33. This Com Pac provides an introduction to interpersonal communication. You will explore how to communicate emotions effectively and manage debilitating emotional reactions. Course content also includes an overview of communication, self-concept, perception and emotions, as well as language, non-verbal communication, listening, and an understanding of how interpersonal relationships work.

COMM-1170Interpersonal Communication 1
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Content is focused on human communication experienced in the helping professions. Emphasis is placed upon the student's growth, self-knowledge and behaviour in groups. Instructional methods will include discussions and activities to expand understanding and experience.

COMM-1268Use Professional Communication SkillsRPL
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Com Pac: 5C35. Early Childhood Educators use communication skills to complete many duties that are a part of being a professional. In this Com Pac you will focus on effective 'on the job' writing skills - skills that are vital to communication with staff members, centre boards, potential employers, the media, and the children care community.

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ECED-1019Explain the Study of Human Dev Pt A&B
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Com Pac: 5A31A. A great deal about children can be learned through careful observation of child growth and behaviour. Recording and interpretation allow the Early Childhood Educator to gain a picture of a child's developmental tasks and subsequent understanding of the whole child. By reviewing and practicing observation methods, you will come to see the child's developmental tasks as part of a complex life long process.
  
Com Pac: 5A31B. This Com Pac provides an overview of human behaviour from the perspective of development. Human development is an ongoing process from conception to death, and theories of development provide a framework within which students can view human behaviour. By reviewing the nature of development, you can view the child's developmental tasks as part of a complex life long process.

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ECED-1026Facilitate Music and MovementRPL
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Com Pac: 5F33. Music and movement enhance all areas of a child’s development and therefore play an important role in an early childhood program. This Com Pac focuses on the general pattern of movement and music development for the enrichment of children’s music and movement experiences.

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ECED-1027Guiding 1
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This course begins with an examination of why and how to interact and communicate with children in a nurturing and respectful manner. The course continues with the discussion and application of positive guidance techniques and communication strategies that foster children's independence and self-regulation.

ECED-1036Foster Social & Emotional GrowthRPL
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Com Pac: 5D33. Early Childhood Educators need to encourage and guide children in a manner which promotes confidence and lays a solid foundation for positive social and emotional growth. This ComPac discusses how growth is promoted by guiding children to appropriately express emotions, display pro-social behaviors, and develop self-help skills during routines and transitions. These experiences provide opportunities for children to experience success and develop positive feelings about themselves which encourages and strengthens their social and emotional growth.

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ECED-1040Explore the Early Childhood Profession
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This course examines topics that underpin the field of Early Childhood Education, including quality care, professionalism, ethics, and the evolution of the field.

ECED-1041Interact With Children Through PlayRPL
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Com Pac: 5F31. You will focus on the value of indoor and outdoor play for children and the importance of integrating play into all aspects of the children's day. Both the theoretical aspects and the preschool application of play theory will be emphasized. You will also focus on the role of the early childhood educator's role in facilitating children's play.

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ECED-1051Provide Nurturing CareRPL
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Com Pac: 5D31. In this Com Pac you will look at the importance of nurturing young children. You will focus on how the Early Childhood Educator can appropriately nurture children in a children's centre as well as the importance of positive communication skills. The use of positive directions when speaking with young children is stressed.

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ECED-1056Respect Individual Family SituationsRPL
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Com Pac: 5B31. The child's primary relationship is with the family. It is important to understand this unique relationship in order to relate to individual families in the children's centre. In order to meet the needs of children, Early Childhood Educators must understand the many facets of family life and its influence on the developing child. Emphasis will be placed on the Early Childhood Educator's role in relating to and supporting individual families in the children's centre.

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ECED-1083Foster Language, Literacy & Math Through PlayRPL
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Com Pac: 5F35. Children’s language, literacy, and logical-mathematical understanding can be fostered in a multitude of ways. In this competency you will focus on the ways to enhance these skills throughout all areas of an early childhood centre. You will also explore the uses of technology in an early childhood program.

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ECED-1350Use Guidance PracticesRPL
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Com Pac: 5D32. In this Com Pac you will look at direct and indirect guidance techniques for use in children's centres. Methods Early Childhood Educators can use to teach young children acceptable ways of controlling their own feelings and actions are stressed. This course also focuses on the skills necessary to guide children in the routines and transitions common to most children's centres.

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ECED-1351Apply Behaviour Management StrategiesRPL
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Com Pac: 5D34. This competency focuses on the role of the Early Childhood Educator when planning and implementing appropriate strategies to assist children in achieving self-control during situations when children are unable to cope and are exhibiting a variety of negative behaviours.

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ECED-1353Explain the Study of Human Development - Part ARPL
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Com Pac: 5A31A. A great deal about children can be learned through careful observation of child growth and behaviour. Recording and interpretation allow the Early Childhood Educator to gain a picture of a child's developmental tasks and subsequent understanding of the whole child. By reviewing and practicing observation methods, you will come to see the child's developmental tasks as part of a complex life long process.

ECED-1354Explain the Study of Human Development - Part BRPL
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Com Pac: 5A31B. This Com Pac provides an overview of human behaviour from the perspective of development. Human development is an ongoing process from conception to death, and theories of development provide a framework within which students can view human behaviour. By reviewing the nature of development, you can view the child's developmental tasks as part of a complex life long process.

ECED-1355Explain the Early Childhood ProfessionRPL
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Com Pac: 5C32. This Com Pac identifies the framework in which the children’s centre functions and reviews some of the paths and professions available to graduates. As a student you will discuss the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for employment, and look at job descriptions and standards for Early Childhood Educators in Manitoba.

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ECED-1356Provide an Environment for PlayRPL
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Com Pac: 5G32. There are many factors to consider when creating play-based environments for children. In this Com Pac, you will explore the play zones and learning centres commonly found inside and outside a children's centre. You will also consider the principles of planning daily schedules and designing physical space, while practicing to plan and evaluate environments for children.

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ECED-1357Prepare for Play
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Com Pac: 5G31. In this Com Pac you will examine the Early Childhood Educator's role in planning, implementing, and evaluating the experiences provided in a play-based program. Interests, needs, and developmental levels of the children in the centre will be considered when planning these experiences. You will also explore and evaluate a variety of readily available creative materials and equipment that can be used to enhance play, curriculum, and learning activities.

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ECED-2005Explain Development in Early ChildhoodRPL
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Com Pac: 5A33. There is much for an Early Childhood Educator to learn in order to foster the preschool child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. This Com Pac stresses the unique developmental challenges of children between the ages of three to six years, as well as the skills that they continue to practice.

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ECED-2008Explain Development in Infancy & ToddlerhoodRPL
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Com Pac: 5A32. This Com Pac involves a study of the basic processes of prenatal and infant development. You will focus on the development of children from ages one to three years. Emphasis is placed on the important role of prenatal development and the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional factors which influence the development of the infant and toddler.

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ECED-2011Explain Development in the Middle YearsRPL
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Com Pac: 5A34. Children between the age of six and 12 years undergo an array of developmental challenges and processes which are characteristic of middle childhood, including the range of factors which influence children during this stage. Understanding this continuum of development enables an Early Childhood Educator to foster the development of school age children.

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ECED-2030Facilitate Symbolic PlayRPL
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Com Pac: 5F32. This Com Pac focuses on the Early Childhood Educator's need to be aware of various types of symbolic play, the relationship between symbolic play and child development, and the Early Childhood Educator's role in facilitating play.

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ECED-2033Foster Discovery & Creative PlayRPL
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Com Pac: 5F34. This competency focuses on the role of early childhood educators in fostering creative development by exposing children to a diverse range of materials and experiences that provide a multitude of opportunities to explore, create, discover, and problem-solve.

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ECED-2039Guide a Variety of Challenging BehavioursRPL
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Com Pac: 5D35. An Early Childhood Educator needs to be prepared with strategic approaches to deal with individual children’s challenging behavior. This Com Pac defines challenging behaviors and considers factors that may contribute to challenging behavior. Specific strategies are covered that will enable the Early Childhood Educator team to provide individual children with guidance geared to their specific needs.

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ECED-3002Plan for Play Based ProgramsRPL
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Com Pac: 5G34. Children are at the centre of what we do in early childhood education. As our professional knowledge and skill develops, it becomes clearly evident that the child's needs and interests are the impetus for learning through play. Consequently, when we are designing child-centred programs, we integrate and synthesise all we know about child development, play, and effective interactions with children. This ComPac provides the processes for such synthesis of previous study so that you can begin using the child-centred approach of emergent curriculum to plan developmentally sound play-based programs. To complete the requirements for this Com Pac, you will need to use a camera and develop/print pictures. You may also require access to a tape recorder.

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ECED-3004Analyze Theories of DevelopmentRPL
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This compac provides students with the opportunity to explore and analyze current research and theories of development. This knowledge increases the early childhood educator’s ability to support children’s development.

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ECED-3005Display Professional BehavioursRPL
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Displaying professional behaviour means to act autonomously, rationally and ethically in the application of one’s knowledge and skills.  It is essential that we continually revisit how we define and demonstrate professional behaviours particularly when challenged with issues.  Reflecting upon our practice and building effective strategies to assure quality is critical. Such commitment stimulates a sense of professionalism within our field and generates trust and respect from the general public.

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ECED-3006Explore Variety of Approaches to Program PlRPL
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Com Pac: 5G33. Individuals working in early childhood education must be aware of the significant influences affecting program planning. In this Com Pac you will explore major programming approaches and the forces that shape them.

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ECED-3024Extend Children's PlayRPL
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Com Pac: 5F36. This competency focuses on the importance of understanding and analyzing the role of play in development, and the role the Early Childhood Educator must take in providing structured and spontaneous play opportunities for children.

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ECED-3054Respect Children Within Diverse CulturesRPL
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Com Pac: 5B33. This competency focuses on the importance of recognizing, respecting, and reinforcing the culture of each child within the centre. In order to do so, Early Childhood Educators must be aware of cultural dimensions of Canadian families in general. In interacting with each child and his/her family, Early Childhood Educators should think of that family within a cultural context.

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ECED-3064Support Children With Additional Support NeedsRPL
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Com Pac: 5B32. Children with additional support needs are a part of the fabric of children's centres, and it is the role of Early Childhood Educators to encourage and promote an 'inclusive' attitude. Although the study of additional support needs is an advanced specialty, every Early Childhood Educator requires knowledge and understanding of inclusion to guide her/his everyday practice, including the benefits of inclusive environments for children, families, Early Childhood Educators, and society as a whole. An introduction to working with children with additional support needs, this Com Pac emphasizes the importance of specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for this area.

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ECED-3065Support Infants and School Age ChildrenRPL
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Com Pac: 5B35. When working with infants, kindergarten, and/or school age children, it is necessary to provide programs and environments that are developmentally appropriate. In this Com Pac, you will focus on providing purposeful experiences, appropriate approaches, and resources for middle years children. You will also explore the distinct nature of infant environments and curriculum, and respectful spontaneous play interactions with infants.

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ECED-3067Support Partnerships With FamiliesRPL
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Com Pac: 5B36. As a child’s primary relationship is with the parent, Early Childhood Educators must be able to facilitate a collaborative partnership with parents. This Com Pac looks at the importance of building effective partnerships with families through the use of effective verbal and written communication. Such a partnership benefits the child, the family, and the centre.

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ECED-3069Support the Abused ChildRPL
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Com Pac: 5B34. Early Childhood Educators must be able to identify various types of child abuse and understand the legal responsibility and protocol in reporting abuse. The Early Childhood Educator’s role includes providing continuing support to assist the child in coping with both the psychological and physical trauma. In this Com Pac you will learn about the types of child abuse, the procedure for reporting, as well as the issues and skills in providing support to the child and parents/guardians.

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PRAC-1013Apply Practical Skills 1RPL
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Com Pac: 5H31. Work with young children requires knowledgeable, nurturing, and competently skilled adults to provide quality care. Working directly with children provides students the opportunities to develop, practice, and improve skills learned from Term 1 courses. During the first term you will attend Practicum at two day care centres including one week with infants and toddlers and two weeks with preschool aged children.

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PRAC-2002Apply Practical Skills 2RPL
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Com Pac: 5H32. Working directly with children provides students the opportunities to develop, practice, and improve skills learned from Term 1 and 2 courses. The focus is the students' development of play facilitation and child guidance skills. Practicum will consist of one week with school age children and three weeks with preschool aged children in two different children’s centres.

PRAC-3006Apply Practical Skills 4RPL
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Com Pac: 5H34. During this practicum, you will apply early childhood education practical skills in a six-week block placement in an early childhood education program. This practicum will focus on planning emergent curriculum, documenting an extended project, and building relationships with parents.

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PRAC-3007Apply Practical Skills 3RPL
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Com Pac: 5H33. People who care for children need to be knowledgeable, nurturing, and competently skilled to provide quality care. Working directly with children provides opportunities to develop, practice, and improve practical skills and plan curriculum based on children’s observed needs and interests. This practicum is set up to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience and an introduction to inclusion. A four-week block placement with preschool children aged two to five will occur in a day care centre.

SAFE-1014Provide for Physical Health & SafetyRPL
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Com Pac: 5E31. In this Com Pac you will focus on accident prevention and emergency procedures in a children's centre, as well as the regulations and procedures that promote children's health. You will also explore the identification and treatment procedures of common childhood diseases and illnesses, including the administering of prescribed medications as per the Manitoba Child Care Program Best Practices Licensing Manual for Early Learning and Child Care Centres.

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SAFE-2059Respond to Physical, Medical & Nutritional NeedsRPL
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Com Pac: 5E32. Early Childhood Educators constantly watch and make observations of children in their care in order to effectively respond to health issues. It is important that they be able to identify physical, medical, and health needs of children and know how to manage them. The Early Childhood Educator's role in health promotion also includes ensuring nutritional needs are met and fostering healthy eating habits.

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