Make a difference in the life of each child
In the Early Learning and Care (ELC) program, you'll be provided with cutting edge knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with children, families, professionals and communities. You'll learn to create responsive environments that support each child to reach their potential in every area.
New for July 2019 - Summer Institute Diploma Program
Beginning July 2019, the ELC Summer Institute is tailored to meet the needs of early childhood educator assistants (ECEAs) working in the field who want to obtain their ELC Diploma.
Located at Interurban campus starting Fall 2019
Beginning September 2019, classes for this program will be held in The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness (CHW) at Interurban campus. Learn more about the new building.
We'll help you succeed
You will learn how to provide care and education that focuses on the needs of children and their families. You'll foster each child's optimal emotional, intellectual, linguistic, creative, physical, cultural and social development.
In the two years you'll spend in the ELC program, you'll participate in three practicum placements. Emphasis is placed on working collaboratively with families, within communities and with other professionals.
Graduates are prepared with a strong foundation for many professional opportunities in the field of early learning and care. They have the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to create responsive, caring environments for all including infants, toddlers, pre-school age children and children with diverse abilities. Graduates are prepared to provide leadership and advocacy within the community of early learning and care.
Further transfer opportunities
Graduates with a diploma in ELC have transfer credit towards a degree in Child and Youth Care. If you decide to continue with further education you may eventually seek employment as a licensing officer, consultant, policy analyst or college instructor. You'll have an exciting role in a quickly developing field of work. As public awareness of the importance of the early years grows, early childhood educators are beginning to receive professional recognition and appropriate pay for the role they play in the lives of young children. You may choose to pursue further education towards the Child and Youth Care degree at:
Early Learning and Care
- Two years, (16 months)
- Study Options
- Full-time (part-time options available)
- Work Experience
- Three practical placements
- Interurban (effective September 2019)
- Health & Human Services