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Early Childhood Educator

​​Program Description

This eight-credit program is designed for students with strong personal interest in early childhood education and to prepare students for employment in child care centres. The program provides a strong foundation and a head start for students considering further post-secondary education leading to the Early Childhood Educator II (ECE II) designation.

The program is delivered in a teacher-led classroom environment. Students learn comprehensive child development theory focused on infancy & toddlerhood, explore the value of inclusive and diverse environments,   practice nurturing and positive guidance techniques with a focus on communicating with children, and experiment with creating opportunities for play. ​

Workplace Education Manitoba has listed nine Essential Skills needed to be successful in any workplace. All nine Essential Skills are used in different combinations, in different applications, in every occupation. They are the foundational skills you use to carry out your work tasks and are the building blocks you use to learn new ones. The importance of, and need for, employees to have appropriate levels of workplace Essential Skills is clear and strong.

To help students be successful in their training, ATC has developed a package focused specifically on these Essential Skills and how they apply to the program of Early Childhood Educator. The purpose of this package is not to dissuade students from attending the program, but to help them become successful by informing them of the skills required. We highly encourage all students to take some time to work through the package and become informed of the program requirements.

Prerequisites and Beneficial Skills

  • High school students have completed Grade 10.
  • Post-secondary students have completed Grade 12.
  • Applicants not meeting the entrance requirements may be accepted as mature students. Skills assessment may be required.
  • Good problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Motivation, creativity and an aptitude for working with children.
  • A child abuse registry and a criminal records check is required for work practicum. Students must apply prior to the start of the semester. Please visit www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/child_abuse_registry and
    www.winnipeg.ca/police/pr/info_request.stm 

Certification

ATC will award certificates to students who successfully complete all eight courses.

Articulation Agreement with Red River College (RRC)

Students who complete the ATC program with a grade of 65% or greater can apply to enter directly into term 2 of the four term Early Childhood Education program at Red River College. RRC Early Childhood Education graduates earn credit toward degree programs at several universities; please see RRC website for details.

Employment Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the program may find employment in a daycare, pre-school, after school program or any other child care facility in the capacity of a Child Care Assistant. Students may also consider opening a home daycare or completing their post-secondary studies at RRC in order to obtain the Early Childhood Educator II designation.

Overview and fees

Application Fee$20 (n/a for high school students)
TuitionNO COST (high school students)
$1800 per semester, $3600 full program
Student Fee$25 per semester
Textbook Fee$100 (refundable)
​Credits
​Part 1 - 4 credits, Part 2 - 4 credits
Additional Costs
may be required for materials or supplies.
$50 (approx.) for child abuse registry and criminal records check.
​Work Experience
​Yes - Students are placed in a Day Care two days a week for a full semester.
​Program Intakes
​September and February starts


Tuition is currently under review and will be assessed at time of registration.


 
 
 
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