EARWF-DP Early Childhood Education Workplace

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Overview

  • Two-year diploma
  • February and September entry dates
  • Delivered at:
    • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
    • Steinbach Campus, Steinbach
    • Winkler Campus, Winkler
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
  • Optional joint degree with University of Winnipeg 
  • Credit transfer opportunities:
    • Athabasca University
    • Louis Riel and Seven Oaks School Divisions ECE Programs (high school credits)
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Manitoba
    • University of Victoria
    • University of Winnipeg
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Program Progression Requirements for more info. 

Description
This is an accelerated program in which you attend classes two full days per week and work at your centre the other three days. Your practicum is completed in the workplace. To apply to this program, you must be currently employed, and have a minimum of two years full-time employment, in a licensed early learning and child care centre (infant, preschool, or school age), licensed family child care home, or an approved alternate

The program integrates the knowledge and experience of employed CCAs in providing quality childcare in the community. You will study practice based on:

  • A child-centred focus
  • Play-based curriculum
  • Child development
  • Guidance techniques
  • Communication skills
  • Family Relations
  • Professionalism

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program information session. Although optional, it is highly recommended you attend. You may also be asked to participate in an individual interview.

Upon successful completion of the program you will be able to competently plan learning experiences that stimulate the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of young children.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), gap training, and seminars are all part of this intensive program. Credit will be granted for related full-time, Continuing Education, Distance Education, or RPL courses taken within the acceptable transfer time. You will be exempt from attending school on the scheduled days of credited courses.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit of:
      • Grade 12 English
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. Academic Communication (ACA) or English Language Assessment (ELA)
    • Before applying, determine which assessment (ACA or ELA) is appropriate for your situation
    • We strongly advise you complete the assessment before submitting your application to ensure you meet required levels
    • Assessment results must be dated no more than two years prior to your application date
    • If you meet one of the following English Language Requirements, complete the Academic Communication Assessment:
      • Successful completion of an equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction
        or
      • Completion of all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction but you did not complete three years of high school
        or
      • English language requirements option 1 or 2
        or
    • If you do not meet the above English Language Requirements, complete an approved English language assessment at the required levels.
      and
  3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
  4. Current Employment
    • Submit a completed Employer Confirmation Form
    • You must be currently employed, and have a minimum of two years full-time employment, in a licensed early learning and child care centre (infant, preschool, or school age), licensed family child care home, or an approved alternate

Louis Riel and Seven Oaks School Divisions ECE Programs
Students who successfully complete a high school Early Childhood Education program in the Louis Riel or Seven Oaks School Division may be eligible for entry directly into Term 2 of this program if they apply within 5 years of completion of the high school program. Admission requirements are:

  • Minimum average grade of 65% in the high school ECE program
  • Successful completion of the high school ECE program practicum placement according to the ECE Practical Skills Assessment (PSA)
  • Successful completion of RRC’s Academic Communication Assessment or an approved English Language Assessment (Regular Admission Requirement 2 above)
  • Submission of an Applicant Declaration for Checks Document form (Regular Admission Requirement 3 above)
  • Meet current employment requirements and submission of a completed Employer Confirmation Form (Regular Admission Requirement 4 above)

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • One credit of Grade 12 English
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirements 2 through 4

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying. These requirements have expiration dates and should be completed close to your program start date. Further information will be provided by the College at a later date.

Prior to registration into your clinical/practicum placement(s) and progression to term 2, you will be required to submit the following:

  • An original official Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS)
  • An original official Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check (provincial)

If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program.

If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program.

For more information visit https://www.rrc.ca/supports/student-records/police-information-check/

Who Should Enrol?

The ECE Workplace program combines work experience, gap training, and classroom participation to effectively meet the accelerated pace and timelines. This program is suitable for child care assistants who are currently employed in a licensed early learning and child care centre (infant, preschool, school age), or licensed family day care home, or an approved alternate, and who have a minimum of two years experience.

As this is a demanding program, a strong ability in reading and writing English at the 40S level is recommended.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Feb 03, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$4,343.00
Year 2
$4,343.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$1,500.001
Year 2
$500.00
1It is recommended that students have access to a flash drive and a digital camera. Students may incur additional costs for materials in some project work.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8888
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8888
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.54.0
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.56.56.0
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20201921

Program Outline

This program is delivered on a competency-based learning (CBL) basis. CBL is a modularized approach to learning that requires initiative on your part to plan a study schedule, complete requirements in a reasonable time, and manage your time effectively to meet deadlines.

The ECE Workplace program combines the CBL model, work experience, gap training, and classroom participation to effectively meet the accelerated pace and timelines.

As this is a demanding program, a stong ability in reading and writing English at the 40S level is recommended. In addition, familiarity with computers and the internet and some biology experience would be helpful.

Evaluations will take the form of tests, assignments, and practical skills assessments.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1158Interpersonal Communication
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This course explores the complex styles of communication within various forms of relationships including discussion of self-image, perceptual differences, emotions and the impact of language. The course also addresses nonverbal communication and explores a variety of dynamics within relationships including effective listening, appropriate self-disclosure, defensiveness, assertiveness and managing conflict. Interpersonal communication with respect to cross-cultural, Indigenous and diverse perspectives are examined.

ECED-1005Introduction to the Science of Early Child Development
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In this online course, you will explore information from the resource The Science of Early Child Development – Introductory Edition. You will use readings, videos, links, interactive games and online discussions to gain basic knowledge of child development and links to practice. The course is delivered online over 9 weeks, with you doing the work where and when you like. There are weekly requirements but no scheduled classes.

This course is for you if you:

  • Want or need to take an introductory 40 hour training course. For example, Child Care Assistants in Manitoba.
  • Are comfortable with and enjoy working at a computer (e.g., using email and the internet).
  • Have access to a computer with an internet connection at least 5 hours/week.
  • Have basic keyboarding skills and fluency in English.

The textbook for this course is an online resource and you will be notified by email regarding access instructions.

ECED-1023Academic Communication & DocumentationRPL
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This course begins by explaining the importance of observation and documentation as essential tools to inform and guide early childhood practice. Students will conduct relevant and meaningful observations that document children’s learning. The course further explores written communication skills such as report writing. Finally the course examines the process of research, proper referencing methods, and literature review techniques.

ECED-1025Diversity and Inclusion
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This course provides an overview of the meaning and practice of diversity and inclusion in Early Childhood environments. This course begins with a discussion of inclusion in contemporary and historical perspectives, and considers the challenges and barriers to inclusiveness. The course continues with an exploration of the cultural dimensions of Canadian families in general and the importance of recognizing, respecting and reinforcing the culture of each child and family within the ECE setting. The course concludes with an examination of practice and inclusion in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Disabled and a discussion of the ethical obligations of the ECE.

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-1029Health and Well-being
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Early Childhood Educators must be able to identify the physical, medical and health needs of children and know how to manage them. The Early Childhood Educator's role in health promotion includes ensuring nutritional needs are met and fostering healthy eating habits. Early Childhood Educators also have the responsibility to ensure that children in their care are safe. The promotion of children's safety means preventing injuries and identifying strategies to provide a safe yet challenging environment, as well as being prepared for emergencies.

ECED-1032Play, Environments and Curriculum 1
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This course upholds the "Power of Play" by examining the value and characteristics of play, identifying curriculum areas and describing play materials, equipment and supplies in early childhood environments. The course also begins the student's exploration of emergent curriculum by examining connections between observed children's behaviours and their underlying interests and play schemes.

ECED-1035Child Development 1
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Human development is an ongoing process from conception to death. This course describes the nature of development, theories of development and the development continuum. The course continues with prenatal development as well as infant/toddler and preschool stages of development. This course considers the three main domains of growth at each stage as well as factors that may influence development.

Prerequisites:
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-2014Partnerships in Early Childhood Education
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Early Childhood Educators must be able to develop collaborative partnerships in many aspects of their work with families, other professionals, and social agencies. Recognition that a child's primary relationship is with the family, and developing an increasing awareness of families in today's society is essential. Utilizing effective communication is vital to developing relationships. Knowledge of community resources is important for Early Childhood Educators in their role supporting children, families and caregivers.

ECED-2027Guiding 2
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This course establishes the need to guide children in a way that promotes their confidence and positive social and emotional growth. Developing guiding strategies that encourage emotional expression and prosocial behaviours and providing opportunities for children to experience success and develop positive feelings about themselves will be an emphasis.

Prerequisites:
ECED-2032Play, Environments and Curriculum 2
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This course promotes the "Power of Planning" for play, environments and curriculum. This is achieved by examining theories of play, discussing environments that support children's play and learning, preparing planned experiences for children, and studying block play and the curriculum areas of drama and movement. The course continues the exploration and examination of the core concepts and processes of emergent programming.

Prerequisites:
ECED-2035Child Development 2
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This course describes development of children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. An introduction to issues affecting development and processes that are characteristic of the school age years are identified. Unique strategies and practices to support and care for school aged children in group situations are discerned and analyzed.

Prerequisites:
ECED-3017Professional Behaviour in Early Childhood Education
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This course covers the concept of professionalism and the Early Childhood Educator's role as a professional. It includes professional communication skills such as researching, writing, and formatting essays. The course also examines job seeking skills and career options for Early Childhood Educators.

ECED-3019Mentorship, Advocacy and Community Building
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This course provides students with knowledge and skills to help them grow as members of the Early Childhood Education and wider community. It explores the concepts of mentorship, advocacy and community building and the role of the Early Childhood Educator in each. It also examines social issues affecting community such as oppression. The latter part of the course will allow students to plan and implement a project in a related area of their interest.

ECED-3027Guiding 3
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Early Childhood Educators focus on providing guidance to encourage and support positive behaviour. When challenging behaviour does occur, the Early Childhood Educator needs to consider the factors that may contribute, be knowledgeable with regard to appropriate strategies and consider children's specific needs.

Prerequisites:
ECED-3032Play, Environments and Curriculum 3
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This course illustrates the "Power of Reflection and Collaboration" by examining the role of Early Childhood Educators in enhancing and extending children's play, environments and curriculum through reflection upon documentation and provision of meaningful responses. The student continues to practice key processes in emergent programming including social constructivism and co-research, as well as the evolution of planning. The study of curriculum areas is furthered through an examination of language and literacy, social studies and technology.

Prerequisites:
ECED-3035Issues in Child Development
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This course provides students with the opportunity to explore and analyze current research and study of early development and its impact on later life outcomes. This knowledge increases the Early Childhood Educator's ability to understand and support children's development.

Prerequisites:
ECED-4032Play, Environments and Curriculum 4
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This course integrates student learning and promotes the "Power of Putting It All Together." Concepts from previous courses converge and are used to formulate and generate emergent programming at a deeper reflective level. The student continues to examine the application of children and teachers working as co-researchers to create and document curriculum. The study of nature as a curriculum area is explored and described.

Prerequisites:
PRAC-1037Practicum 1RPL
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Working directly with children provides the opportunity to develop, practice, and improve skills. The student will apply basic early childhood education knowledge and practical skills.

Prerequisites:
PRAC-2006Practicum 2RPL
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Working directly with children provides the opportunity to develop, practice, and improve skills. Building upon skills developed in previous practica, the student will apply basic early childhood education knowledge and practical skills.

Prerequisites:
PRAC-3013Practicum 3RPL
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Working directly with children provides the opportunity to develop, practice, and improve skills. Building upon skills developed in previous practica, the student will apply basic early childhood education knowledge and practical skills.

Prerequisites:
PRAC-3014Practicum 4RPL
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Working directly with children provides the opportunity to develop, practice, and improve skills. Building upon skills developed in previous practica, the student will apply basic early childhood education knowledge and practical skills.

Prerequisites:

CO-OP/Practicum Information

You complete the practicum at your workplace during work time. Any off-site visits are completed on school days. 

Students will have evaluations completed by ECE instructors and centre mentors as part of their practicum.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Transferring credits to other post-secondary institutions

  • Athabasca University
    Credits toward a Bachelor of Professional Arts, Human Services major
  • University of Calgary
    Credits toward a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
  • University of Manitoba
    As a graduate of the two-year RRC Early Childhood Education diploma program, you can transfer 60 credit hours, equivalent to the first two years of a four-year degree, into Family Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba. In addition to attaining an ECE diploma from RRC, you will receive a Bachelor of Human Ecology. You must apply to both institutions and meet the entrance requirements of both the RRC Early Childhood Education diploma program and the University of Manitoba.
  • University of Victoria
    Credits toward a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
  • University of Winnipeg
    This is a joint four-year, full-time program where you earn the two-year RRC diploma in Early Childhood Education, as well as a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Studies, majoring in Child Development and Child Care, Stream C. You must apply to both institutions and meet the entrance requirements of both the RRC Childhood Education Diploma Program and the University of Winnipeg. Graduates of this program can apply for an ECE III classification through Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs.

Recognition of Prior Learning

For information on RPL specific to this program, contact:

Bev Snell
Early Childhood Education
Phone: 204-632-2353
E-mail bsnell@rrc.ca

 

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Graduates have advanced to positions of supervisors and directors of children’s centres as well as positions in other childcare related agencies.

To find out more about early childhood education as a career, contact:

Manitoba Child Care Program
204-945-0776
www.gov.mb.ca/childcare

Student/Alumni Testimonial

"I will promote the course to anyone that I am in contact with. It was tough but well worth the effort... I have nothing but good things to say about the program." 
- Dorothy Lawler

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
Kim Hanna
ECE Workplace Program
204-632-3070
E-mail: khanna@rrc.ca

Steinbach Campus
Unit 2-385 Loewen Blvd.
Steinbach, MB  R5G 0B3
Phone: 204-320-2500
Fax: 204-346-0178
E-mail: steinbach@rrc.ca


 

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

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Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

Advisory Committee

Advisory committees provide a vital link between the community at large and the College's Board of Governors, administration, faculty, and students.

Members of the Early Childhood Education program advisory committee are selected for their expertise in early childhood education and their knowledge of the market or community needs.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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