Day and Evening Programs
General Information
Day Commitment and Expectations
Admissions
Certificate
Diploma
Career Opportunities
Transfer Agreements
Curriculum

General Information

In the first year of the Early Childhood Education program, students work toward the completion of a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Students who successfully complete the first year may return for a second year to complete the requirements for the Diploma in Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Education program may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students are required to apply to the Certificate and Diploma programs separately. Successful completion of the Certificate does not guarantee a space in the Diploma program. Normal application and selection procedures will be followed. New students are accepted into the full-time ECE program for the fall term only. Part-time students may enroll in courses year round as courses are available.

Many students choose to pursue their education through part-time evening courses. Evening courses are especially helpful to students who are working in the ECE field or have family commitments. A student may take their entire Certificate or Diploma through evening courses. All ECE courses are offered through the evening option on a rotating basis with availability subject to demand.

Students are required to complete a practicum component in day care centres, preschools 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 outlying communities. Most settings will require students to have a criminal record check prior to starting a field placement. Distance Education students complete practicums in their own communities or in nearby cities or towns.


Admissions

Students may enter Lethbridge Community College in one of three manners:

  1. Many students enter Early Childhood Education directly out of High School through normal admission procedures
  2. Students may enter the College as Occasional Students
  3. Students also have the opportunity to enter as an Alternate Admission Applicant

If applying as occasional students, students are required to complete an application form for admission and submit it with the application fee. Occasional students may:

  1. complete a maximum of four courses before applying to the program.
  2. enroll in a maximum of two credit courses in any term.
  3. be permitted to register in a maximum of four credit courses without special permission from the registrar
Admission of occasional students is automatic. However, occasional students must meet individual course prerequisite requirements before registering in a course.

Individuals who do not have the formal admission requirements as stated by the LCC Calendar can apply as Alternate Admission Applicants. Official documents that verify academic history must be provided. Admission tests as well as a personal interview may be required to provide basis for acceptance as an Alternate Admission Applicant. Admission as an Alternate Admission Applicant is not automatic. For a full description of Admission options available to students, please see the Admissions Information portion of the LCC Online Calendar.

Those with extensive background in the ECE profession from work experience, volunteering or other means may pursue Prior Learning Assessment as a means of gaining credit toward their program. This option allows students to receive academic credit for knowledge they have acquired through experiences in non classroom settings. Credits accumulated through PLA cannot exceed 75% of the credits required for graduation from a program. Students may also gain credit through means of Advanced Credit and Course Challenges, all of which are discussed in the Advanced Credit portion of the LCC Online Calendar.

Certificate

The Certificate Program is a one year program (based on full-time studies, although part-time studies are allowed). Upon successful completion of the ECE Certificate, students may apply for level 2 (Alberta) ECE certification. Completion of the Certificate Program or equivalent is also necessary for admission to Diploma program.

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 (e.g. Psychology, Sociology or Social Studies).

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 background information of previous work and academic experience, and may be required to attend a small group interview and information session. The need for a criminal record check prior to practicum placement, the logistics for obtaining a criminal record check and the impact certain criminal records have on the completion of the program are discussed with applicants during the application interview.

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 also 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.

Diploma

The Diploma Program is the second of year series of the ECE program (based on full-time studies, although part-time studies are allowed). When completed students may apply for level 3 (Alberta) ECE certification.

Academic Requirements

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

Professional Suitability

Applicants are required to submit background information of previous work and academic experience, and may be required to attend a small group interview and information session. The need for a criminal record check prior to practicum placement, the logistics for obtaining a criminal record check and the impact certain criminal records have on the completion of the program are discussed with applicants during the application interview.

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 also 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.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of ECE programs, graduates are equipped to plan and implement programs to meet the developmental needs of children in daycare centres, nursery schools, family day homes, and be assistants in kindergartens and elementary schools, and as nannies. A full description of career opportunities as well as information on the regulations and certifications is available in the Career Opportunities portion of the ECE Program online.

Transfer Agreements

After completion of the first year of the Early Childhood Education Program, some students choose to transfer to other institutions to complete their diploma or pursue a degree. A number of transfer agreements have already been made available to students interested in this opportunity. Discussions are currently underway exploring the possibilities of transfer agreements with other institutions. A full description of transfer agreements and further education is available in the Further Education portion of the ECE Program Online.

Curriculum

Students must complete 37 credit hours of courses (20 in the Fall Term and 17 in the Winter Term assuming full time-studies) to receive their ECE Certificate. To receive an ECE Diploma, they must go on to complete another 36 credit hours of courses (18 in the Fall Term and 18 in the Winter Term again assuming full-time studies). A wide variety of Early Childhood Education Certificate and Diploma level courses are offered at LCC. A full description of ECE courses is provided in the ECE Courses portion of the LCC Online Calendar.

Early Childhood Certificate

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCourse Credit
ECE 155Introduction to Early Childhood3 Credits
ECE 162Creative Experiences I3 Credits
ECE 165Interpersonal Relationships and
Communication Skills I
3 Credits
ECE 180Field Placement I3 Credits
ECE 190Integration Seminar I1 Credit
PSY 150Child Growth and Development I4 Credits
ENG 150Composition3 Credits
ECE 154Guiding Children's Behavior3 Credits
ECE 156Development through Play3 Credits
ECE 158Health, Nutrition and Safety2 Credits
ECE 181Field Placement II5 Credits
ECE 191Integration Seminar II1 Credit
PSY 151Child Growth and Development II3 Credits
Total = 37 Credits


Early Childhood Diploma

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCourse Credit
ECE 259Children with Special Needs3 Credits
ECE 264Preschool Programming3 Credits
ECE 265Interpersonal Relations and
Communication Skills II
2 Credits
ECE 262Creative Experiences II3 Credits
ECE 260Infant and Toddler Programming3 Credits
ECE 280Field Placement III4 Credits
ECE 290Integration Seminar III1 Credit
ECE 281Field Placement IV4 Credits
ECE 291Integration Seminar IV1 Credit
ECE 252Child and Family2 Credits
ECE 253Family and Community2 Credits
ECE 263Creative Experiences III3 Credits
ECE 266Interpersonal Relations and
Communications III
2 Credits
ECE 257Organization and Administration3 Credits
Total = 36 Credits






ECE Day and Evening Program Contact:
Ian Thumlert
(403) 329-7224
1-800-572-0103
[email protected]


Early Childhood Education