can complete a certificate or diploma without having to come onto
the LCC campus. Distance education is convenient way to meet educational
goals while maintaining full or part-time employment.
involves correspondence study through the mailing of learning packages
to students who then complete the assisgnments and return them via
mail, fax or e-mail to their instructors for marking and evaluation.
Ongoing contact between the instructors and students is maintained
throughout the course.
Visit our website
at: lethbridgec.ab.ca/ece/ece.html for further information,
or call (403) 382-6943 or (403) 320-3395 or toll-free (in Canada)
to: [email protected]
or [email protected]
are accepted on a year round basis, with the first day of every
month as the start date for a new session. Students can study full
time or part time. Applicants must complete the Application for
Admission form and pay the non-refundable $40.00 application processing
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).
who do not have formal admission requirements can apply as an Alternate
Admission Candidate. To provide the basis for acceptance one or
more of the following may be requested: official documents to verify
academic history, a personal telephone interview, an admission test
or a writing sample. An applicant may be asked to register as an
Occasional student, enroll in an ECE distance course and receive
a grade of C or better before being admitted into the ECE program.
Acceptance as an Alternate Admission Applicant is not automatic.
If an admission test is required, applicants may be required to
achieve a minimum 60th percentile in Reading Comprehension and Sentence
Skill sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.
Applicants are requested to submit a questionnaire with background
information of previous work and academic history.
Individuals wishing to register in an ECE distance course without
making a commitment to the program must register as an Occasional
Student. They will be required to complete an Application for Admission
and submit it to the Registrars Office along with the $40.00
non-refundable application processing fee, prior to registration
in credit courses. For admission as an Occasional Student, no other
documentation (transcripts etc.) is required. Occasional Students
may enroll in a maximum of two credit courses in any one term. Upon
the completion of four credit courses, any further registration
as an Occasional Student will require the permission of the Registrar.
may also apply for admission to the ECE program through the regular
Application for Admission process. Attendance as an Occasional Student
does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Applicants are required to have successfully completed a one-year
Early Childhood Education Certificate or equivalent.
Students are required to complete field placements and seminars
in the Certificate and Diploma programs. They can be completed in
a day care centre, nursery school or kindergarten. Students are
encouraged to complete field placements and seminars in a variety
of licensed settings.
All field placements
and seminars can be completed in the students place of employment
if it is a licensed facility. If students choose to be placed in
another setting, every effort is made to provide placements within
your town, however, some placements may occur in the outlying communities
There is a three month lead requirement for setting up a field placement
starting from the time a student registers and pays course fees.
When a student
has the appropriate prerequisites and is ready for field placement
and seminar, please phone Early Childhood Distance Education toll
free at 1-800-572-0103 or directly at (403) 329-7272 for the procedure.
A criminal record check prior to practicum placement is needed.
Most practicum sites require a criminal record check. Call your
local police station for the details of obtaining a criminal record
rate for distance education courses is $88 per credit (plus book
and supply costs). This rate is subject to change without notice.
Please contact Distributed Learning Services for information regarding
For those qualifying, Early Childhood Education distance students
have been able to obtain Canada Students Loans on a full or part-time
basis or an Alberta students may be able to obtain a part-time bursary
from the Alberta Studentsı Finance Board. More information on student
awards, bursaries and loans is available from the LCC Student Awards
office: (toll-free in Canada) 1-800-572-0103 or (403) 320-3367.
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.
completion of the 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.
of the Early Childhood Education 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
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.
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.
other provinces must contact their provincial licensing departments
for the guidelines.
LCCs 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.
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
Negotiations are currently underway for LCC Early Childhood Education
diploma graduates to receive up to two years credit toward the University
of Calgarys Bachelor of Coimmunity Rehabilitation degree.
Diploma graduates may receive up to two years credit toward the
Athabasca University Bachelor of Administration degree.
(All of these courses are needed for the ECE Certificate)
ECE 155 Introduction to Early Childhood (3-0) 3
ECE 162 Creative Experiences I (2-1) 3
COM 162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication (3-0) 3
ECE 180 Field Placement I (18 days) 3
ECE 190 Integrative Seminar I (0-1) 3
ENG 150 Composition (3-0) 3
ECE 154 Guiding Childrens Behaviour (3-0) 3
*ECE 156 Development Through Play (2-1) 3
ECE 158 Health, Safety and Nutrition (2-0) 2
ECE 160 Observation and Recording (2-0) 2
ECE 181 Field Placement II (31 days) 5
ECE 191 Integration Seminar II (0-1) 1
PSY 170 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3-0) 3
PSY 171 Child Growth and Development (3-0) 3
* available on-line
(These courses are needed for the ECE Diploma)
ECE 252 Child and Family (2-0) 2
ECE 253 Family and Community (2-0) 2
ECE 257 Organization and Administration (3-0) 3
ECE 259 Children With Special Needs (3-0) 3
ECE 260 Infant and Toddler Programming (3-0) 3
ECE 262 Creative Experiences II (3-0) 3
ECE 263 Creative Experiences III (3-0) 3
ECE 264 Preschool Programming (3-0) 3
ECE 265 Interpersonal Relations and Communication Skills II (2-0)
ECE 266 Interpersonal Relations and Communications III (2-0) 2
ECE 280 Field Placement III (24 days) 4
ECE 281 Field Placement IV (25 days) 4
ECE 290 Integration Seminar III (0-1) 1
ECE 291 Integration Seminar IV (0-1) 1
ECE 250 Independent Study (3-0) 3
PSY 150 Child Growth and Development I (4-0) 4
PSY 151 Child Growth and Development II (3-0) 3
Note 2: ECE 270 or RSP 256 or ECE 250 may be taken in lieu of ECE