The Early Childhood Education program provides advanced training in Infant/Toddler Care. Upon successful completion of the required courses the learner will meet the admission requirements for the Infant/Toddler Specialty practicum - ECDE 239. Upon successful completion of this practicum, the student will meet the requirements for the Infant/Toddler Specialty Certificate and will also satisfy the requirements for a provincial Infant/Toddler License to Practice.
Satisfactory completion of the ECE Basic program or a current Early Childhood Education License to Practice. Applicants without either prerequisite may be admitted to components of the certificate program with written recommendation by the ECE department chair, if space permits.
Applicants must provide evidence of certification (current up to and including specialty program completion) in a Red Cross Standard or St. John Ambulance First Aid course or, if the applicant has a current License to Practice, current certification in a first aid course approved by CCFB for licensure.
Applicants must complete, no more than three months before their date of admission, a criminal record check. Students should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by the Admissions office. Prospective students who have been convicted of a criminal offense may be denied admission. Please Note: applicants who have a criminal record and are seeking a pardon are advised that this can be a lengthy process and they should initiate the pardon procedure six months prior to date of admission. Failure to submit all required documentation by the specified deadline may result in denial of admission.
Applicants are advised that students in this program engage actively in laboratory practice, acting both as patient/client and as caregiver in simulated situations. Notwithstanding all specific program prerequisites, Okanagan College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when, in the opinion of Okanagan College, there is sufficient and substantiated evidence, medical or otherwise, to conclude that by granting admission Okanagan College would jeopardize the safety of clients under student care or would otherwise be negligent in providing for the safety and well-being of clients, agency staff or other students.
Graduation requires successful completion of the courses in the program outline below.
Minimum passing grade per component is 70%.
Location: Courses will be offered at the Kelowna campus. Placement for practicum may be located outside the Okanagan Valley, but within the province of B.C.
Other Expenses: In addition to tuition fees, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from practicum centres. A fee of $20 will be required to cover a CCFB authorized, childcare-centre-based, criminal record check.
Practicum Experiences: Practicum experiences are an integral part of health and social services programs. Locations are throughout, and sometimes outside of, the Okanagan Valley. Students must arrange for their own transportation to and from practicum sites. In most cases, that means a driving license and access to a reliable vehicle. Travel expenses are the student's responsibility.
Health and Social Development
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