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Child Development Practitioner (Apprenticeship) (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
1184
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

The 3-year Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship (CDP) program is designed to provide those individuals working with young children in a child care setting with the opportunity to pursue formal education and training on a part-time basis. Entry into the program occurs in September. Students take approximately 2-3 courses in each of the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters.

Students will explore the development of children and apply that knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate quality programs for young children in licensed child care settings. Facilitating children's development of a positive self-concept through creativity, play and diversity is the main theme of this program.

Upon successful completion, Apprentices are encouraged to complete the requirements of Conestoga College's ECE diploma program by taking additional General Education courses. Graduates of the ECE diploma program meet the academic and field work requirements for registration with the college of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Apprenticeship Registration

Apprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to Kitchener.apprenticeship@ontario.ca to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades www.collegeoftrades.ca. Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training. Another helpful website is www.apprenticesearch.com.
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMM1630 Interpersonal Communication
Description: This course will focus on engaging in a process of interpersonal communication making use of both non-verbal and verbal communication skills. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1410 Foundations of Early Learning Environment
Description: This course will introduce the Apprentice to the founding principles of early learning environments. The Apprentice will examine a variety of early learning settings and explain how the social and physical environment impacts healthy child development and learning. They will examine and demonstrate how play and inquiry are integrated to support learning and development through reflective practice.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: FPLT1050
Closed
ECE1420 Child Protection
Description: This course will advance concepts related to protecting children in early learning. The Apprentice will describe legislative procedures, guidelines and best practices in relation to understanding and responding to child abuse and neglect. In addition, they will examine risk factors and will identify strategies for preventing and protecting children at risk.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ECE1555
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1430 Legislation and Social Policy in Early Learning Administration
Description: This course will focus on legislative and social policy requirements in early learning. The Apprentice will describe the interconnection among legislation, social policy, funding mechanisms and administrative practices within the early learning environment. They will explain how various organizational models impact administrative and human resource requirements. In addition, they will evaluate pertinent legislation and regulations and describe their impact on professional practice and quality assurance.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1675
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1505 Child Development I
Description: This course will identify and compare the principles of development from conception to early childhood and apply a variety of observation, assessment and screening techniques. The Apprentice will identify the principles of human growth and development and explain how genetic, cultural and environmental factors impact development. They will compare theories of child development, and examine the continuum of development. In addition, the apprentice will demonstrate skills for observation, documentation, assessment, and screening.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1515 Creative Expression
Description: This course will introduce the Apprentice to the concepts related to supporting the creative expression of children in early learning environments. Within the context of a developmental framework, the apprentice will examine creative expression experiences and explain using relevant theories. They will plan, implement and evaluate appropriate creative experiences for a range of ages and stages of development within a variety of early learning settings.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1525 Inclusive Practice and Advocacy
Description: This course promotes inclusive learning within the context of family, culture and society. The Apprentice will examine personal values and attitudes with respect to inclusion and describe their role in applying practices of an inclusive environment. They will examine their role as advocate for children and families and will define context specific advocacy strategies and resources.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1535 Preschool Learning Environment I
Description: Building on Foundations of Early Learning Environment, this course expands principles of supporting play and inquiry within a preschool program. The Apprentice will summarize the value of play and inquiry learning for preschool children within a context of development. They will defend the importance of promoting the development of self-esteem and pro-social behavior and will demonstrate strategies that foster positive social environments for preschool children. Through a lens of integrated development that focuses on multiple domains, the Apprentice will plan and implement learning experiences that foster relationship building and a positive sense of self.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410, FPLT1050
CoRequisites: FPLT1060
Closed
ECE1555 Child Development II
Description: Building on principles covered in Child Development I, this course will extend the continuum of development from middle childhood to adolescence. The Apprentice will identify the principles and theories of development and explain how genetic, cultural and environmental factors impact middle childhood and adolescence. Comparing research on middle childhood and adolescence, they will explain how research informs practice in everyday settings. In addition, they will examine pedagogical documentation and demonstrate relevant tools and strategies to support documentation and portfolios.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1500 or ECE1505
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1565 Preschool Learning Environment 2
Description: This course extends the fundamentals of early learning curriculum design to inclusive play based emergent learning experiences. The Apprentice will design and implement play and inquiry based learning experiences for both individual and groups of children across a diverse range of ages. They will utilize observation and documentation to adapt learning experiences in order to support development and children's interests.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1525, ECE1535, FPLT1060
CoRequisites: FPLT1090
Closed
ECE1585 School Age Learning Environment
Description: This course will promote principles of emergent practice with school aged children. The Apprentice will evaluate a variety of programs and contexts available for school age children and assess how these environments support school age children's development in all domains through the application of the principles of emergent practice. They will demonstrate positive guidance techniques that promote the development of self-esteem and pro-social behavior.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410, ECE1555, FPLT1050
CoRequisites: FPLT1070
Closed
ECE1605 Health, Safety and Nutrition
Description: This course will enable the apprentice to promote a healthy and safe environment for children. Through a lens of current health, safety, and nutrition legislation, regulations and recommended best practices, the Apprentice will identify strategies for maintaining safe indoor and outdoor environments, and safe playgrounds. They will describe the Practitioner's role in monitoring children's health and well-being, supporting healthy living and required procedures when reporting suspected abuse. Finally, the apprentice will examine the relationship between health and nutrition in order to demonstrate sensitivity to diverse health and nutritional practices.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1625 Infant and Toddler Learning Environment
Description: This course will promote the development of emergent curriculum practices as they relate to infants and toddlers. By identifying the characteristics of infant and toddler development, the Apprentice will design and implement an emergent curriculum for infants and toddlers within the principles of safe and healthy environments. They will examine characteristics of secure attachment within a developmental framework, and will explain caregiver practices that support positive development and secure attachment. In addition, they will demonstrate emergent curriculum practices with infants and toddlers that foster relationship building and respond to interests.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410, ECE1555, FPLT1050
CoRequisites: FPLT1080
Closed
ECE1645 Philosophies and Education Models for Early Childhood Development
Description: This course will describe how historical philosophies and models of learning impact personal philosophy and practice. The Apprentice will examine pedagogy, philosophy and educational models within a context of history and global and local issues. They will explain how personal philosophies and practices are impacted by historical views and models of pedagogy. Finally, they will assess congruency between personal philosophy and professional practice and will create a plan for application.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1675 Child, Family and Community
Description: This course will promote the process of socialization of children in collaboration with the family and community. The Apprentice will explain the process of socialization and the impact on child development. They will examine how personal values and beliefs impact relationship building with families and connection to community. In addition, they will explain the local, professional and societal complexities involved in supporting equity, advocacy and social change for children, families and community.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1630, ECE1525, ECE1645
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1695 Child Development 3: Inclusion of Children with Exceptionalities
Description: This course will focus on supporting the development of children with diverse abilities within an inclusive environment. The Apprentice will describe best practices for creating early childhood environments that are inclusive of children with exceptionalities and implement a ‘child first' approach. They will differentiate between a child's progression along the continuum of development and their achievement of developmental milestones and define the process of early identification and intervention. In addition, the Apprentice will interpret current evidence based information pertaining to children with exceptionalities in order to design, implement and evaluate an inclusive early childhood learning experience following a “child first” approach.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1555, ECE1675
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1705 Porfessional Practice
Description: This course will promote professional decision making and practice within an ethical framework. The Apprentice will demonstrate ethical decision making based on the application of the CECE Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice, relevant legislation, regulation and policies. They will identify how personal health and well-being impacts professional practice and healthy work environments and will demonstrate the application of reflective practice in order to develop and maintain a personal and professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practice.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1565, ECE1585, ECE1625
CoRequisites: FPLT1100
Closed
FPLT1050 Field Placement Early Learning (Child Development Practitioner)
Description: This course will provide the Apprentice with opportunity to respond to children's needs and support inquiry based learning in a placement environment. Demonstrating practices consistent with the Apprenticeship role, the Apprentice will assess the effects of routines and schedules while maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment. In addition, they will plan and implement appropriate learning experiences that support children's needs and interests and respond to individual and group demands.
Hours: 42
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410
CoRequisites:
Closed
FPLT1060 Field Placement Preschool 1(Child Development Practitioner)
Description: This course provides opportunity to support play and inquiry for preschool children in a placement setting. The Apprentice will demonstrate responsive practices that support play and inquiry learning. They will assess how routines and schedules impact preschool children and will create environments that support positive self-esteem and pro-social behavior. In addition, they will plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences for groups of children that respond to strengths, needs and interests.
Hours: 72
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410, ECE1535
CoRequisites: ECE1530
Closed
FPLT1070 Field Placement School Age (Child Development Practitioner)
Description: This course will support the development of emergent practices in a school age placement. The Apprentice will plan, implement and evaluate curriculum practices for school age children while demonstrating professionalism and maintaining healthy and safe environment. They will apply guidance strategies, and curriculum practices that fosters strengths, needs and interests of school age children.
Hours: 39
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410, ECE1550, FPLT1050
CoRequisites: ECE1585
Closed
FPLT1080 Field Placement Infant and Toddler (Child Development Practitioner)
Description: This course will support the development of emergent curriculum practices in an infant/toddler placement. The Apprentice will apply principles of emergent practice that meet the interests and strengths of infants and toddlers while demonstrating professionalism and maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment. They will examine how routines, schedules and a physical environment impact on children's behavior and development. They will demonstrate sensitive care giving, and will plan, implement, and evaluate learning and caregiving experiences through reflective practice.
Hours: 54
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ECE1410, ECE1555, FPLT1050
CoRequisites: ECE1625
Closed
FPLT1090 Field Placement Preschool 2(Child Development Practitioner)
Description: This course will promote the fundamentals of inclusive early learning curriculum design in a placement setting. The Apprentice will design, implement and evaluate emergent learning experiences that are responsive to the strengths and interests of children. They will demonstrate professionalism and maintain a healthy and safe environment as they promote children's self-expression and encourage optimal development.
Hours: 78
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1535, ECE1555, FPLT1060
CoRequisites: ECE1570
Closed
FPLT1100 Field Placement Advanced (Child Development Practitioner)
Description: This course will focus on professional and ethical practice in a placement setting. The Apprentice will act in accordance with ethical and professional standards by integrating theories and standards of practice in the design, implementation and evaluation of learning environments that meet the needs of all children. They will assess and implement inclusive play based learning experiences that are responsive to the strengths, needs and interests of all children and evaluate and assess elements of the learning design and environment. In addition, the Apprentice will promote the advancement of quality in early learning environments and demonstrate the application of reflective practice to enhance performance.
Hours: 96
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: FPLT1070, FPLT1080, FPLT1090
CoRequisites: ECE1705
Closed

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