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Early Childhood Education


ECDE 111-60 hours
Interpersonal and Personal Communication Skills

This course prepares the learner to communicate effectively with a variety of individuals using effective communication techniques. Learners will be able to understand the dynamics of families and clarity their own beliefs and values to enhance interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisites:

  • admission to Early Childhood Education Diploma program

ECDE 112-60 hours
Child Development Conception to 3 years

This course provides the learner with an in-depth study of child development from conception through to the end of age two. Developmental expectations are clearly linked to programming opportunities so that planning decisions are made that most appropriately facilitate the growth of all children in inclusive environments. Curricular play resources will be explored in subject areas that develop skills in social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative developmental realms.

Prerequisites:

  • admission to Early Childhood Education Diploma program

Corequisites:

  • ECDE 113 and ECDE 116 and ECDE 117

ECDE 113-60 hours
Child Development 3-12 years of Age

This course provides the student with an in-depth study of child development from three to twelve years. Developmental expectations are explored and linked to children's programming. The critical elements of best practice are examined in terms of encouraging the overall development of children within inclusive environments.

Concurrent Registration: ECDE 114


ECDE 114-75 hours
Planning for Early Childhood Education

This course provides opportunities to plan and implement curriculum for children 3-12 years of age. Developmental expectations and specific measurable goals will link to programming so that planning decisions are made that facilitate the growth of all children in inclusive environments. Curricular play resources will be explored in subject areas that develop skills in all developmental areas.

Concurrent Registration: ECDE 113


ECDE 115-60 hours
The Early Childhood Profession

formerly ECE 111 This course will provide the student with an overview of the field of Early Childhood Education, provincially, nationally and internationally. Legislation, child abuse, anti-bias, children's rights, historical factors influencing the field, and different philosophical models will be explored.

Prerequisites:

  • admission to Early Childhood Education Diploma program

ECDE 116-45 hours
Observing and Documenting Children's Development

This course is designed to teach students the many techniques available to accurately observe and record children's developmental behaviors Students will have an opportunity to observe and compare a variety of learning environments.

Concurrent Registration: ECDE 117


ECDE 117-90 hours
Observing and Documenting Children's Development Practicum

This course is designed to allow students to practice the many techniques available to accurately observe and document children's developmental behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to interact with children in early learning environments as well as practice beginning levels of professional communication with supervisors and other centre staff.

Concurrent Registration: ECDE 116


ECDE 121-45 hours
Group Process

This course builds upon interpersonal communication skills developed in HSS 101. Students will learn the skills of productive problem solving, conflict resolution and steps to building collaborative relationships in the early childhood environment.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 111
  • ECDE 112
  • ECDE 113
  • ECDE 114
  • ECDE 116
  • ECDE 117

ECDE 122-60 hours
Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote the well-being of children. Illness recognition, prevention, and universal precautions will be explored. The role of nutrition in wellness, development of life-long eating habits, menu-planning, food handling and safety will be addressed. The provision of safe environments as required by licensing standards and 'best practice' will be discussed.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 129 or permission of the department

Also offered by Distance Education


ECDE 123-60 hours
Families

In this course students are introduced to the concept of "family" within the context of a caregiving environment. Developmental stages, member roles, cultutal influences and issues of bias and inclusiveness are examined, with links to the student's own family of origin.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 111
  • ECDE 112
  • ECDE 113
  • ECDE 114
  • ECDE 115
  • ECDE 116
  • ECDE 117

ECDE 124-60 hours
Guiding and Caring

Students will learn the skills necessary to guide children's behaviour in respectful ways, and to positively influence children's social and emotional development.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 111
  • ECDE 112
  • ECDE 113
  • ECDE 114
  • ECDE 116
  • ECDE 117

ECDE 129-225 hours
Practicum II

This seven-and-one-half-week, 30 hour-per-week, block practicum will serve as the student's primary introduction to childcare settings. The student will have the opportunity to interact with children in a respectful and playful way, over an extended period. The student will refine and apply their observation skills and use them effectively for planning activities with children. Students will practice guidance skills with children, and further enhance their professional communication with centre staff and families.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 121
  • ECDE 122
  • ECDE 123
  • ECDE 124

ECDE 211-45 hours
Professionalism

Students will develop an appreciation for their role as a professional in the lives of young children. They will look at ways to be a change agent through advocacy and work within the ECEBC Code of Ethics.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 129

ECDE 212-60 hours
Advanced Program Planning

This course builds upon learning around child development and responsive planning. The focus now extends to the program context, with an emergent and inclusive approach to the caregiver's role as planner within the play environment. While learning the skills of creating programs for all children, students will have the opportunity to explore their own philosophy of play-based learning for young children.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 129

ECDE 213-60 hours
Working with Families and Community

In this course students take the opportunity to explore the contexts affecting the child and incorporate their influence in the early childhood environment. Topics include communication climates for respectful interaction with family and community, supporting parents in building healthy relationships with their children, accessing community, provincial and federal resources and working in multidisciplinary teams.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 129

ECDE 214-60 hours
Practices in Infant Toddler Care

In this course learners will explore models of infant and toddler care and reflect upon program similarities and differences. During this process, students have the opportunity to reflect on observations, and integrate their own thinking around the ecology of under three care and education.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 129

ECDE 219-215 hours
Practicum III

This block practicum will serve as the student's integration practicum. The student will synthesize learning with practical application over an extended period, while articulating and demonstrating their personal philosophy of caring for young children. The student will refine and apply observation skills, effective planning, guidance skills, and professional communication with centre staff and families.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 211
  • ECDE 212
  • ECDE 213
  • ECDE 214

ECDE 222-75 hours
Developmentally-Responsive Environments for Under Threes

In this course the learner participates in an indepth study of infant and toddler development. Caregiving needs specific to children under three are linked to developmentally appropriate and responsive program planning decisions. The focus is on the building of respectful relationships with infants and toddlers.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 219

ECDE 223-60 hours
Administration

Students will develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a room supervisor and childcare centre manager. Emphasis will be on needs assessment and budgeting, leadership, relevant legislation, staff development, policy development and marketing, in the context of inclusive environments.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 219

Also offered by Distance Education


ECDE 224-60 hours
Inclusive Practice Theories

In this course, students will explore causes and characteristics of exceptionalities and their behavioural implications within inclusive environments. A review of historical issues around exceptionality and inclusion will be undertaken. Students will gain understanding around environmental adaptation to meet the needs of all children.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 219

ECDE 225-60 hours
Inclusive Practice Strategies

This course builds on knowledge of characteristics and conditions of exceptionality to develop the ability to plan for developmental exceptionalities in all realms. The role of the caregiver within an inclusive environment and transdisciplinary team is examined, as well as looking at ways to support families in an inclusive environment.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 219

ECDE 229-210 hours
Practicum IV

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 222
  • ECDE 223
  • ECDE 224
  • ECDE 225

ECDE 239-210 hours
Practicum for Infant Toddler Specialty

In this course learners have the opportunity to work as a team member in an Infant and Toddler setting. This course will focus on the provision of holistic, developmentally responsive specialty care in response to infant and toddler needs within the community.

Prerequisites:

  • ECDE 213
  • ECDE 214
  • ECDE 222
  • ECDE 223


Sample Course Description - Credit Based

Sample Course Description - Hours Based

Not all centres offer all courses listed in the calendar and courses may vary each semester. Contact your local Okanagan College campus for up-to-date course offerings. 

Definitions for understanding course descriptions

Concurrent Registration: Compulsory registration for credit (audit registration is specifically precluded) in two or more courses at the same time even though one or more of the courses may have been previously successfully completed.

Corequisite: A course required to be taken at the same time as another course (audit registration is precluded) unless the course has been successfully completed before.

Prerequisite: A course that must be successfully completed before registration in a given course. Courses without a prerequisite statement indicate that no prerequisite is required for enrolment.

Second-year Standing: Second-year standing requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits at the 100 level or above.

Third-year Standing: Students will be granted third-year standing after completing 48 credits towards a diploma or degree program.

Fourth-year Standing: Students will be granted fourth-year standing after completing 78 credits towards a degree program.

Prerequisite Waiver: Students who wish to have the course prerequisite waived, as indicated in this calendar, must receive permission from the department offering the course. A prerequisite waiver form must be signed by the department and forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Credit: A credit is an assigned unit of value granted for successful completion of a course, which are used for diploma, and degree graduation requirements and/or transfer credit to another institution.

Elective: A course freely chosen from a restricted list of all Okanagan College courses, which is used to fulfill credit requirements in addition to the courses specified in the program outline.

First-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the admission requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more courses which are identified as constituting the first-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed fewer than 80% of the credits or hours toward the first-year requirements of that program.

Second-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the entrance requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more of the courses which are identified as constituting the first-year or second-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed 80% or more of the credits or hours towards the first-year requirements of that program.

Full Course Load: For degree programs (years one to four), 15 credits per semester. For diploma and vocational programs, all courses listed in the program outline in this calendar on a semester basis.

Full-time Enrolment:

  • Associate of Arts or Associate of Science: nine credits 
  • Adult Academic and Career Preparation: three or more courses or 15 hours of instruction per week.
  • International Education: one ESL course
  • Business Administration diploma program: four or more courses
  • Business Administration certificate programs: four or more courses
  • Civil Engineering Technology: five or more courses
  • Computer Information Systems: four or more courses
  • Electronic Engineering Technology: five or more courses
  • Water Engineering Technology: five or more courses

This definition is for statistical and registration purposes only. Financial Aid recipients must comply with definitions required by Federal and Provincial guidelines.

Part-time Enrolment: Enrolment in any number of courses that is less than that indicated under the definition for Full-time Enrolment.

Registered Student: A registered student is one who has completed the admission and registration procedure and who has paid or made appropriate arrangements to pay the required fees.

Transfer Credit: Credit given by an institution for work successfully completed at a different institution.

University Transfer: Credit programs of study, generally arts and science courses, which are transferable toward degree programs at Okanagan College and other institutions.

Letter of Permission: A document issued by a dean which permits an Okanagan College student to take one or more courses at another institution to be used for credit toward an Okanagan College degree or diploma.

Transferability of Okanagan College courses: Students planning on transferring Okanagan College courses to another institution are encouraged to check the calendar of the institution to which they plan to transfer to determine the amount of transfer credit permitted in any chosen program.

Students should visit the online transfer guide at http://www.bctransferguide.ca/ for complete transfer information.

Sustainabilty and Courses at Okanagan College

Sustainability “incorporates economic and social change to protect the natural systems of the planet, so that current and future generations may maintain or improve their quality of life.”
                Sustainability definition, Okanagan College Strategic Plan 2010-2015
 
Sustainability-focused courses either concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
 
Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/30/2020