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Copyright 1999,
Lethbridge Community College

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Last updated:
September 22, 1999


- one year certificate or two year diploma
- starts in September


The Early Childhood Education program focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work with young children between birth and eight years of age. The program stresses meeting the developmental needs of children through planning and implementing play-based programs. Students are required to observe and participate in a variety of ECE programs to complete assignments and field placements.

The Early Childhood Education program is available through three different delivery systems: a full contingent of courses offered each semester during the day at LCC campus in Lethbridge; courses offered each semester in the evening; and self-study distance education courses with distance practicum placement (see page 67 for details of distance education). Students are not limited to one delivery system when completing the program.




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a March 27-28, 2000
Practicum Placement Sept. 15-Dec. 3, 1999 Jan. 10-Mar. 23, 2000
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a March 22-23, 2000
Practicum Placement Sept. 13-Nov. 30, 1999 Mar. 27-Apr. 28, 2000 (Day care centre)
Mar. 27-May 5, 2000 (Kindergarten & Nursery School placement)
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000



New students are accepted into the day-time Early Childhood Education program for the Fall term only. Courses are also open on an individual basis for part time study.

Students completing the program through evening and part time study are accepted on a year round basis. Applicants must complete an Application for Admission form and pay the non-refundable $40.00 application processing fee.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, with a minimum of 60% in English 30 or 65% in English 33, and 60% in a Social Science 30 or 33 (eg. Psychology, Sociology or Social Studies).

Individuals who do not have formal academic requirements can apply as an Alternate Admissions Candidate. Please see current calendar pages on Alternate Admission or call the Registrar’s Office for more information.

All applicants may also be required to achieve a minimum 60th percentile in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Arithmetic sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.

Professional Suitability:
Applicants are required to submit a questionnaire with background information of previous work and academic experience, and attend a small group interview and information session.

Medical Requirements:

Applicants are required to submit an Immunization Report identifying immunization against common communicable diseases prior to the beginning of classes and the first practicum. Applicants are required to undergo a medical examination and submit a report prior to the beginning of classes. Hepatitis B inoculation is strongly recommended prior to entering the first practicum placement.

Academic Requirements:
Applicants are required to have successfully completed a one-year Early Childhood Education Certificate or equivalent.

Students are required to complete practica in day-care centres, nursery schools and/or kindergartens. Prospective students should be advised that every effort is made to provide placements within the City of Lethbridge, however, some placements may occur in the outlying communities.

A criminal record check prior to practicum placement is needed. The logistics for obtaining a criminal check and the impact certain criminal records have on the completion of the program are discussed with applicants during the application interview. Most practicum sites require the student’s criminal record check prior to the practicum placement.


Studentsı Association
$ 78
$ 69
Books and Supplies

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies is estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized matterials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon successful completion of first year program requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Upon successful completion of the second year program requirements, students are awarded a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.


Graduates of the Early Childhood Program work in a variety of settings. There are opportunities for employment in day-care centres, nursery schools, family day homes, as nannies and as assistants in kindergartens, and assistants for children with special needs. However, graduates have also found employment in recreation programs, child life and school settings.

All day-care centre employees are required to have Early Childhood Education training. The LCC early Childhood Education Certificate program meets the requirements for Alberta Level II and the ECE Diploma meets the requirements of Level III.

British Columbia
To receive the Basic Level I, B.C.ıs Community Care Facilities Branch requires an LCC Early Childhood Education Certificate plus the following courses: ECE 262, ECE 263 or 264 and ECE 252 and ECE 253.

Students may meet Saskatchewan Child Care Orientation requirements by completing the following courses: PSY 150 or PSY 171, ECE 154, ECE 156 or ECE 162.

Students from other provinces must contact their provincial licensing departments for the guidelines.


University of Victoria
LCC’s Early Childhood Education program is also part of a collaborative transfer agreement between five Alberta colleges and the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

University of Manitoba
The program also offers course by course transfer with the University of Manitoba, Human Ecology/Families Studies program. Graduates of the LCC program should contact the University of Manitoba for the details.

University of Calgary
Negotiations are currently underway for LCC Early Childhood Education diploma graduates to receive up to two years credit toward the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Coimmunity Rehabilitation degree.

Athabasca University
Diploma graduates may receive up to two years credit toward the Athabasca University Bachelor of Administration degree.


Year I Fall Term Hours/week Credits
ECE 155 Introduction to Early Childhood (3-0) 3
ECE 160 Observation and Recording (2-0) 2
ECE 162 Creative Experiences I (2-1) 3
COM 162 Interpersonal Relationship and Communication 3
ECE 180 Field Placement I (18 days) 3
ECE 190 Integrative Seminar I (0-1) 1
ENG 150 Composition (3-0) 3
PSY 170 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3-0) 3
Total 21 credits

Year I Winter Term
ECE 154 Guiding Children’s Behaviour (3-0) 3
ECE 156 Development Through Play (2-1) 3
ECE 158 Health, Safety and Nutrition (2-0) 2
ECE 181 Field Placement II (31 days) 5
ECE 191 Integration Seminar II (0-1) 1
PSY 171 Child Growth and Development (3-0) 3
Total 17 credits

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
ECE 252 Child and Family (2-0) 2
ECE 259 Children With Special Needs (3-0) 3
ECE 262 Creative Experiences II (3-0) 3
ECE 264 Pre-school Programming (3-0) 3
ECE 265 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Skills II (2-0) 2
ECE 280 Field Placement III (24 days) 4
ECE 290 Integration Seminar III (0-1) 1
Total 18 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
ECE 253 Family and Community (2-0) 2
ECE 257 Organization and Administration (3-0) 3
ECE 260 Infant and Toddler Programming (3-0) 3
ECE 263 Creative Experiences III (3-0) 3
ECE 266 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Skills III (2-0) 2
ECE 281 Field Placement IV (25 days) 4
ECE 291 Integration Seminar IV (0-1) 1
Minimum Total 18 credits *

  • ECE 250 Independent Study or ECE 270 Integration of Children with Special Needs may be taken in lieu of ECE 257 Organization and Administration.




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