Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) courses are based on a philosophy that children thrive in developmentally appropriate, child-centered play programs that use a problem-solving approach to guidance. Practical experience with children is an integral part of the program.

The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma is an upward step from our ELCC Certificate program and provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue professional, supervisory positions in childcare. Study involves an ongoing forum of networking with other experienced early childhood professionals and projects tailored to students’ specific interests and requirements.

 Year One
Year one of the Diploma program is the same as the ELCC Certificate program. After successful completion of year one of studies, diploma students will be eligible for an ELCC Certificate to apply for Alberta Child Care Staff Certification as a Child Development Worker. To continue onto year two, Diploma students will complete registration requirements. 
Year Two 
Year two offers continuous intake every seven weeks and is available on a Full-time or Part-time basis, with programming delivery offered in an alternative format ( online and/or face-to-face with the possibility of web conferencing.) To accommodate working students, face-to-face classes are scheduled in the evenings on weekdays and/or on Saturdays. 


Graduates are employed primarily in daycare centres, preschools, out-of-school care (OSC) and family day homes.

Admission requirements

Year 1

High School Diploma (or equivalent)
Alberta High School Diploma, or equivalent, with:
  • a minimum of 50% in English 30/30-1

OR

65% in English 33/30-2

Mature students (students who are 21 years or older) with less than a high school diploma are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered after their overall strengths have been determined through a combination of an interview with ELCC staff and the College Entrance Test. 

Mature students may be admitted as special students to individual ELCC courses 

Year 2

 High school diploma (or equivalent)

Alberta High School Diploma, or equivalent, with

  • Minimum of 50% in English 30/30-1

 OR

  • Minimum of 65% in English 33/30-2. 

Mature students (students who are 21 years or older) with less than a high school diploma are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered after their overall strengths have been determined through a combination of an interview with ELCC staff and the College Entrance Assessment.

OR ELCC Certificate (or equivalent)

A Level 2 equivalency, as recognized by Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office, may be eligible, if applicants provide proof of competency in the following early learning certificate courses:  CHSD 104, CHSD 105, ELCC 106, ELCC 206 and have equivalent practicum experience in an early learning setting.

  • Inquire at the Office of the Registrar about equivalencies and/or prior learning assessments. 

 Additional requirements

 English language proficiency
  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 79 with no score below 19
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0
  • CAEL with a minimum score of 60
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

In addition to meeting English Language Proficiency students must also present the appropriate coursework to meet the admission requirements for their chosen program 

 Pre-Practicum Requirements
We will provide you with the forms for all requirements on Orientation Day for the academic year.

Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check

You must submit a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check on the first day of classes and apply no earlier than the second week of July

Child Care First Aid

You must complete Child Care First Aid before you begin your first practicum. You can often complete this during the first week of class. You are responsible for the cost associated with this training.

Have references available

We may ask you to provide three references, including their names, phone numbers and email addresses (no family members)

Tuition and Fees

Full Time Fees 2022-2023

 Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,045.00 $2,045.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Campus Rec Fee  $65.00  $65.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,450.92 ***$2,450.92
Total Cost Per Year   $4,901.84
Full Time Fees International Students 2022-2023

 Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

International Students Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,135.00 $6,135.00
Campus Rec Fee  $65.00  $65.00
Heath & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92 
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00 
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,540.92

***$6,540.92
Total Cost Per Year   $13,081.84
Spring Fees 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Spring Session FeesDomestic StudentsInternational Students
Tuition  $477.00 $1,431.00
Campus Rec Fee  $65.00 $65.00
Student Association Building Fee $3.36 $3.36
Student Association Fee $21.00 $21.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Full Time Fees $174.36 $174.36
Total Tuition & Fees

***$651.36

***$1,605.36

 Full Time Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,090.00 $2,090.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Campus Rec Fee  $70.00  $70.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,510.92 ***$2,510.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,021.84
 Full Time Fees International Students 2023-2024

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

International Students Fees Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,270.00 $6,270.00
Campus Rec Fee  $70.00  $70.00
Heath & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92 
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00 
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,690.92

***$6,690.92
Total Cost Per Year   $13,381.84
 Spring Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Spring Session FeesDomestic StudentsInternational Students
Tuition  $486.00 $1,458.00
Campus Rec Fee  $70.00 $70.00
Student Association Building Fee $3.36 $3.36
Student Association Fee $21.00 $21.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Full Time Fees $189.36 $189.36
Total Tuition & Fees

***$675.36

***$1,647.36

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
** These programs have a mandatory Spring semester if students intend to graduate on time.
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program Structure

Year 1
 

COURSE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

Year 1:

Term I (September - December)

 

22

CHSD 101

Child Development I

3

CHSD 104

Guiding Children’s Behaviour

3

CHSD 105

Personal Development & Interaction

2

ELCC 106

Learning Through Play

3

ELCC 110

Practicum I

4

ELCC 123

Creative Experiences for Young Children

3

ELCC 125

Practicum Seminar I

1

ENGL 100

Written Composition

3

Year 1:

Term II ( January – April)

 

17

ELCC 102

Language and Literacy in Early

Childhood

3

ELCC 116

Nutrition, Health & Safety

2

CHSD 201

Child Development II

3

ELCC 206

Planning for Play

3

ELCC 210

Practicum II

5

ELCC 225

Practicum Seminar II

1

Year 1 Course Descriptions
 Course Descriptions - Term 1 (September - December)
 
No Code Course Name Course Description

1. 

Credit 3

45 Hours

CHSD 101

 
 Child Development I  Understanding the development of children is the foundation for supporting children to be mighty learners and citizens. An exploration of the growth and development of the child from the prenatal period to the early childhood period is emphasized. Physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development will be examined through readings, simulations, discussion, projects, and observing and recording children’s behaviour. An introduction to develop perspective on history, research, and theories of child development.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

2. 

Credit 3

45 Hours

                                                

CHSD 104 Guiding Children's Behaviour

Children behave appropriately when expectations are clearly outlined, and their self-esteem is supported. Approaching guidance using a child-centred, problem-solving philosophy is a key component of the course. Communication skills with children will be explored to include passive and active listening, affirmations, positive communication of guidelines, negotiation, and facilitation of children’s problem-solving. Guidance strategies for developmental appropriateness are examined and applied to support and modify children’s behaviour. An emphasis on the importance of partnerships with families and respecting diverse family values is encouraged to holistically address behaviours.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

3. 

Credit 2

30 Hours

CHSD 105 Personal Development & Interaction  

Personal reflection and growth is an essential part of the complex role of the early childhood educator. A journey of reflection to identify personal values, needs, roles, biases, personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses will foster relationship building through increased self-awareness and practicing receptive and expressive communication skills. Giving and receiving constructive feedback will be modelled and exercised.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

4. 

Credits 3

45 Hours 

ELCC 106 Learning Through Play

An introduction to the nature, value and development of play in the lives of children is explored. The role of the early childhood educator is emphasized. Building familiarity with different categories of play and their importance in early childhood programs is highlighted. Observing, supporting, and extending play will be practiced through group and individual experiences

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

5.

Credits 4

165 Hours

 ELCC 110   Practicum I Students have an opportunity to put theory into practice by working with children in the Keyano Preschool and community settings, including daycare, preschool, and kindergarten classes. Students must provide their own transportation to assigned practicum, keep timesheets, and a daily record of progression in the Practicum Booklet. Practicum may be repeated or extended when deemed necessary by the ELCC department.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: ELCC 125 and 3 first-year courses including ELCC 104

6. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 123 Creative Experiences for Young Children 

Lab-based experiences will foster the development of comfort and skills to support and extend children’s creative expression. These skills will be gained through observing children and studying the developmental patterns in art, music, and movement. Selecting, adapting, and implementing resources in developmentally appropriate ways will be explored.  

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

 7.

Credits 1

15 Hours

ELCC 125 Practicum I Seminar

This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The types of early childhood programs, the legislation governing those programs and the responsibilities and ethical behavior of early childhood professionals will be discussed. Students will be introduced to resource files as a method of organizing professional information and curriculum ideas.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: ELCC 110

 8.  

Credits 3

45 Hours

ENGL 100 Written Composition

This course focuses on expository writing skills. Students will develop and organize their thoughts as they study examples of good prose and practice revising their own work. By following the steps of the writing process, students will learn to write clear, well-structured, interesting essays. Course requirements include writing essays, a summary, a report, and a research paper.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

  Course Descriptions - Term 2 (January - April)
 
No. Code Course Name Course Description

1.  Credits 3         

45 Hours         

CHSD 201 Child Development II

The study of child development from infancy to adolescence is fundamental to supporting the whole child. Emphasis is on development from middle childhood to adolescence in the areas of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development. The exploration of inclusion and exceptionalities equips educators with the tools to meet the needs of all children in their care.    

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: CHSD 101

2. Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 102 Language & Literacy In Early Childhood

A focus on the art of conversing with children and promoting skills that will lead to reading and writing will be emphasized. Experiences to further the language and literacy of children in school-age care will be explored. Practices to select and evaluate quality children’s literature to promote a child-centred, play-based environment will be focused on. An introduction to American Sign Language, strategies for English Language Learners, and adaptive language tools will be applied.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

3. Credits 2

30 Hours

ELCC 116 Nutrition, Health & Safety The health and safety of the children in our care is a top priority.  This course emphasizes the importance of optimal nutrition, health and safety practices for young children and the staff who work with them in early childhood settings. Alberta’s child abuse protocol will be covered.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

4. Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 206 Planning for Play Play is the manner through which children learn about their world. It is the role of the early childhood educator to provide play experiences based on the interests of the children in their care. Observations will be used to document play interests as a basis for planning; various documentation methods will be explored. Methods of extending play and learning will be examined using a co-inquiry approach.   

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites ELCC 106

5. Credits 5

210 Hours

ELCC 210 Practicum II

This course allows the students to build on skills learned in Practicum I and to demonstrate increasingly complex communication, guidance, and problem-solving skills with children. The student will demonstrate good planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate program.

Prerequisite: ELCC 110 and ELCC 125; Co-requisite: ELCC 225 and 6 certificate courses

6. Credits 1

15 Hours

ELCC 225 Practicum Seminar II This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), used by the Alberta Day Care Office to assess program quality will be examined.

 

Prerequisite: ELCC 110 and ELCC 125; Co-requisite: ELCC 21

 

 

 Year 2
 
title 1 title 2 title 3 title 4 title 5

Year 2:

Term I (September – December)

 

17

380

 

ELCC 330

Ecology of the Family

(Sept – Oct)

3

45

7

ELCC 331

Understanding Children’s Behaviour (Sept – Oct)

3

45

7

ELCC 332

Inclusion in Child Care Settings

(Nov – Dec)

3

45

7

ELCC 333

Environments & Programming

(Nov – Dec)

3

45

7

ELCC 334

Practicum III

4

185

15

ELCC 335

Practicum Seminar III

1

15

15

Year 2:

Term II (January – April)

 

17

380

 

ELCC 340

Anti-Bias Education in Child Care

3

45

7

ELCC 341

Child Care Organization & Administration

3

45

7

ELCC 342

Supporting Children & Families in Indigenous Contexts

3

45

7

ELCC 344

Practicum IV

4

185

15

ELCC 345

Practicum Seminar IV

1

15

15

Year 2:

Term III (May – June)

 

3

45

 

ELCC 343

Interpersonal Relationships, Ethics & Team Dynamics

3

45

7

One Elective – Choice of:

ELCC 350 (Infants & Toddlers) 

OR 

ELCC 351 (School Aged Care)

3

45

6

Year 2 Course Descriptions 
Course Descriptions - Term 1 (September - December)
 
No Code Course Name Course Description

1. 

Credits 3

45 Hours                                                 

ELCC 330 Ecology of the Family

This course provides an overview of the family in today’s society and increases the students’ understanding of family dynamics and diversity. The focus is on the ecology of the family with particular reference: poverty, affluence, violence, the women’s movement, and the child’s rights. A collaborative approach to family-staff communication and involvement will be applied. A practice of relationships from the Alberta Curriculum Framework will also be explored.

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or permission of the Program Chair

2. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 

331

Understanding Children's Behaviour The emphasis of this course is on examining behaviours of children that practitioners find most challenging, including anger and aggression, non-compliance, high sensitivity, attention problems and bullying. 

Students will expand existing skills by designing an encouraging classroom. Students will study the effects of the physical and interactional environment on behaviour.

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or permission of the Program Chair

NOTE: Not available to students with credit in ELCC 309

 3.

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 332 Inclusion in Child Care Settings

This practical course is designed so that students may increase their knowledge of competency-based practices and the current issues in the field of inclusion in Canada. We will explore the principles and practice of quality inclusion that are currently in place in the community. We will use concrete, play-based strategies for the inclusion of children with special needs into community settings. 

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or permission of the Program Chair

NOTE: Not available to students with credit in ELCC 301

4. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

 ELCC 333 Environments & Programming

This course is designed to enable students to increase their understanding of child-centred, developmentally appropriate programming. Methods of curriculum planning and record-keeping will be examined with an emphasis on play-based emergent curriculum. Students will explore ways of using space and materials creatively in their own centres to make children’s individual and group play experiences developmentally appropriate. The impact of environment and programming with reference to developmentally appropriate practices and the AB curriculum framework will be a key issue. Being able to fulfill planning assignments in a program setting is required. 

 

Prerequisite: ELCC certificate or permission of the Program Chair

 5.

Credits 4

185 Hours

ELCC 334 Practicum III 

This practicum course is designed to help students translate early childhood theory into developmentally appropriate practice with children. The ability to self-reflect on one’s practice through writing and discussion is emphasized.

Prerequisite: ELCC certificate or equivalent

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: two 300 level ELCC courses

Co-requisite: ELCC 335 Practicum Seminar III

NOTE: Not available to students with credit in ELCC 320 and ELCC 321

 6. 

Credits 1

15 Hours

ELCC 335 Practicum Seminar III

This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The reflection on emerging practice competencies is emphasized. 

Pre-requisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: two 300 level ELCC courses

Co-requisite: ELCC 334 Practicum III

 Course Descriptions - Term 2 (January - April)
 
No Code Course Name Course Description

 1.

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 340 Anti-Bias Education in Child Care

This programming course emphasizes the importance of providing curriculum that demonstrates the four goals of Anti-Bias Education. Students are encouraged to recognize their own social and economic biases, and critically examine their program for evidence of human diversity, and develop strategies to promote self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identities. Students will be involved in an action project to implement change in practice.  

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent 

NOTE: Not available to students with credit in ELCC 308. 

2. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 341 Child Care Organization & Administration

This course focuses on Child Care program administration. Child Care regulations and licensing and accreditation policies for Province of Alberta will be covered. Topics will include financial management, staffing, relationships with families, and organization. Staff leadership will also be covered including mentoring and coaching.

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent


  

 3. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 342 Supporting Children & Families in Indigenous Contents 

Focus on past traditions and contemporary issues facing Indigenous children, families, and communities.

Emphasis will be on deepening knowledge and enhancing skills for education, caring, and working in partnership with Indigenous people.

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent


 

5. Credits 4 185 Hours ELCC 344 Practicum IV

This practicum course is designed to help students translate early childhood theory into developmentally appropriate practice with children. The ability to self-reflect on one’s practice through writing and discussion is emphasized.

Prerequisite: ELCC certificate or equivalent

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: two 300 level ELCC courses

Co-requisite: ELCC 335 Practicum Seminar III

NOTE: Not available to students with credit in ELCC 320 and ELCC 321

6. Credit 1 15 Hours ELCC 345 Practicum Seminar IV

This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The reflection on emerging practice competencies is emphasized. 

Pre-requisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: two 300 level ELCC courses

Co-requisite: ELCC 334 Practicum III

 

 

 

 

 

 
Course Descriptions - Term 3 (May - June)

 

No. Code Course Name Course Description

1. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 343 Interpersonal Relationships, Ethics, & Team Dynamics

The emphasis of this course will be on developing, refining, and practicing skills to build and maintain relationships with others, particularly as they refer to the issues and ethical problems that face caregivers in the field of Early Learning and Child Care. A practice of relationships from the Alberta Curriculum Framework will be explored. The students will gain a stronger understanding of team concept, group and team dynamics and the various roles that exist within teams and will develop the capacity to improve their team performance. Students will examine and implement the CCCF Code of Ethical Conduct. Skills for responsible action in resolving ethical dilemmas will be studied.

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent 

NOTE: Not available to students with credit in ELCC 305 and ELCC 306

2.

Credit 3

45 Hours 

ELCC 350* Infants & Toddlers

This course focuses on the developmental needs of children from birth to 36 months. Designing appropriate experiences and environments for your children will also be covered. Responsive, respectful care, communication with children and families, and relationship building will be examined. Being able to fulfill planning assignments in a program setting is required. 

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent

3. 

Credit 3

45 Hours

ELCC 351*

 

School-Aged Care **           

This course will focus on the developmental characteristics and interests of School-aged children (aged 6-12). High-quality out-of-school care programming will be explored, including environments, relationships, activities to foster independence, and an emergent curriculum. Being able to fulfill planning assignments in a program setting is required.

Prerequisite: ELCC Certificate or equivalent

*These courses are elective courses. Students will choose one. 

** This course will not be offered in Spring 2022.

 

 

Please Note: ELCC and EA working in the Childcare field can now apply for spring courses.

 Requirements: A letter from your employer on a company letterhead indicating you work with children ages birth to 12 years.
 
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS

CHSD 212

Exceptionality 1: Brain/Cognitive

1

CHSD 213

Exceptionality II: Physical/Medical

1

CHSD 214

Exceptionality III: Introduction to Communication Disorders

1

CHSD 215

Exceptionality IV: Behavioural Disorders

1

CHSD 218

Supporting Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Challenges           

1

CHSD 219

Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns                                            

1

CHSD 220

School-Age Care

1

CHSD 223

Working with EAL Children

1

CHSD 224

Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

1

CHSD 225

Working with Communication Disorders

1

CHSD 226

Fostering Diverse Learning Environments*

1

EA 217

Adolescents in the Classroom

1

*Please note this course will not be offered this year.