Share the learning journey with children
Your ELC education will help prepare you to contribute excellence and professionalism to the field by building caring relationships with children, families and community. By instilling confidence in your strengths and skills, you will be supported and encouraged in the classroom and field.
What to expect
Located at our Lansdowne campus, the ELC program is two academic years long. If you’re enrolling as a full time student you’ll be taking the equivalent of 5 or 6 courses each term with a combination of 11-16 class hours and 6-18 practicum hours in local early learning and care programs each semester. It’s common for an additional 15-30 hours per week be spent on homework. Student assessment occurs in all courses, and may include research papers, reflective journals, projects, presentations, and exams. Some courses may be offered via distance delivery.
This is a rigorous program with a combination of academic and hands-on practical experiences.
In your first year, you’ll receive the skills and knowledge to guide children’s behaviour and their environment, while supporting and developing good communication skills.
In your second year, you’ll consolidate and integrate your foundational knowledge. Then you will go deeper into leadership, professional practice and specialty focus.
The placement record for our graduates is excellent, at over 90%. Employment opportunities include:
- Early Years Centers (provincial hubs)
- Group Childcare Centers (Pre-schools and Day Cares)
- Family Child Care Homes
- Family Resource Programs
- School-Age Care Programs