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Early Childhood Care and Education - Special Needs Diploma


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The purpose of the Early Childhood Care & Education / Special Needs Diploma is to prepare graduates to work in licensed inclusive early learning settings. With a focus on children with exceptionalities, this program offers students the knowledge & skills to provide quality service for young children and their families.

This program runs only until the end of June, 2018. To obtain the SN training please look at our new ECCE Post-Basic Diploma program.

http://www.vcc.ca/programscourses/program-areas/human-and-family-services/early-childhood-education-post-basic-diploma-infant-toddler-and-special-needs/




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 1 year Diploma Downtown Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Early Childhood Education and Care / Special Needs Diploma, graduates will be able to:

  1. Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health and well-being of children with special or extra support needs
  2. Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children
  3. Administer daily experiences that support and promote infant and toddlers’ physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical and creative lives of children with special needs
  4. Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to infant and toddlers’ skills, abilities, interests of children with special needs
  5. Analyze variations in development among children with special needs
  6. Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child’s family
  7. Establish and maintain supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting
  8. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child
  9. Reflect on one’s own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change
  10. Practice administrative and management skills as related to early care and learning settings
  11. Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role and learn by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies.

Practica students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.

PROGRAM DURATION

One year (three terms) of part-time study. Two nights per week and one Saturday per month. 510 hours of combined lecture, observation, and practicum.

Maximum time allowable for completion is two years.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Students are evaluated through a variety of methods including:

  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Participation
  • Group work

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.67 (55-59%) C-. If this level of achievement is not reached, students may be placed on probation.

Students failing to maintain a minimum GPA in each semester may be required to withdraw from the ECCE course, or may be prevented from registering for the following term

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates are awarded a Vancouver Community College Early Childhood Care and Education / Special Needs Diploma.

Successful graduates are also eligible to apply for a B.C. ECE License to Practice and a Special Needs License to Practice from the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Early Childhood Education Registry.

Please note that the ECEBC Winter 2018 ECE Student Bursary intake is now open. Students can find the application on the ECEBC website: http://www.ecebc.ca/programs/student_bursary.html The applications are due by March 1st, 2018. For more information, please see the main page of the ECEBC website: www.ecebc.ca.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

Fall Term

Winter Term

Spring Term


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate from Vancouver Community College or other approved training institution as per BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Early Childhood Education Registry
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Proof of English Proficiency and English 12 with a 'C' or equivalent
  • 19 years or older
  • Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current CPR-C Certificate
  • Physician’s Report (proof that individual is physically healthy and emotionally mature to meet the demands of working with young children)
  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required
  • A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Polio
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (on an annual basis)
    • Chicken Pox
  • Minimum two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
  • Minimum of 40 hours volunteer/work experience in licensed daycare or preschool with written proof of hours on organization letterhead
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply for a Criminal Record Check online.
  • Successful interview with the Program Coordinator based on criteria.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION (PLAR)

This program does not accept PLAR at this time.


Recommended Characteristics:

The Early Childhood Care and Education / Special Needs Diploma is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.

We recommend the following attributes:

  • Desire to work with children and families in early childhood programs and services
  • Previous experience in working with young children
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate (ECCE) prepares graduates to work in licensed preschools and childcare centres. This Continuing Studies program offers students the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality service for children ages three to five years old.


Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200 block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
April 30, 2018 Monday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 419 Downtown


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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Katarina Jovanovic, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8660
Program Assistant: Melanie Yeung, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8635

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 (201892)

(ECCE 2230) Special Needs Practicum 1 6.0 credits    $896.48



This course builds on the experiential opportunities gained with previous practical experience. Students will extend their knowledge and participate as an assistant teacher in a licensed childcare centre with children with special needs. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20438 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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(ECCE 2300) Childcare Administration 2.0 credits    $599.07



This course provides students with broad knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the administration and management of a childcare centre. Students will learn the necessary skills to fulfill the role of administrator of an early childhood education program.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20440 DTN Rm. 412
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
09-Apr-2018
to 25-Jun-2018
Lange, Rika
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  20440 DTN Rm. 412
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
16-Jun-2018
Lange, Rika
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(ECCE 2320) Professional Perspectives 2.0 credits    $599.07



This course provides students with an understanding of professional perspectives in the field of early childhood education. Students will identify principles of professional conduct and articulate supporting practices and ethics to implement in their own childcare context.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20441 DTN Rm. 412
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
11-Apr-2018
to 20-Jun-2018
Chud, Gyda
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  20441 DTN Rm. 420
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
12-May-2018
Chud, Gyda
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(ECCE 2330) Special Needs Practicum 2 6.0 credits    $896.48



This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2230 Special Needs Practicum 1. Students will extend their knowledge and participate as an assistant teacher in a licensed childcare centre. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20439 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned

TBATo be assigned
Register


Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Advanced Child Growth SN (ECCE 2120)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Advanced Field Study SN (ECCE 2130)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits N/A
Advanced Health, Safety, and Nutrition SN (ECCE 2210)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Childcare Administration (ECCE 2300)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $599.07
Enhancing Family Relationships (ECCE 2200)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Professional Perspectives (ECCE 2320)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $599.07
Role of the Caregiver SN (ECCE 2117)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Special Needs Practicum 1 (ECCE 2230)
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits $896.48
Special Needs Practicum 2 (ECCE 2330)
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits $896.48


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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