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Early Childhood Education Resource Consulting (Part-time)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

This post-diploma program is designed to provide graduates of early childhood education programs or equivalent with specialized training, knowledge and skills required to support young children of diverse needs, varying abilities and their families. Students will learn to use various observation and recording tools to assess childrens' abilities, determine needs and develop plans for inclusive, family-centred inclusion. In addition, they will be introduced to evidence based information and community resources that support and empower families to advocate on behalf of children.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

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

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.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are qualified to become resource teachers as defined by the Day Nurseries Act.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
ECE8230 Working with Others Through Professional Engagement
Description: Through a range of interactive, community-based learning opportunities, this course will examine methodologies and strategies to engage others in the consultation process to support families, early learning educators, and other community professionals. Students will apply adult learning principles to plan, deliver and evaluate educational opportunities for families, early learning educators and community professionals in supporting the healthy development of children living with diverse abilities. In addition, students will identify and critique organizational practices and create a consultation plan to engage stakeholders in the development of a shared philosophy of inclusion.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE8210 or OLRN8320, ECE8200 or OLRN8330
ECE8240 Empowering Families Through Strength-Based Approaches
Description: This course emphasizes the reciprocal partnership between the families of children living with diverse abilities and the service team within the community. Students will examine the structural, cultural, and developmental diversities of families in order to empower them as the primary support for their children's learning and development. Working in collaboration with the family and the service team, students will demonstrate strategies that engage in family-centered and strength-based decision making regarding the learning and development of the child. In addition, the students will research community resources and learn to make referrals and advise families.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8340, OLRN8350
FPLT8260 Field Placement II (ECE Resource Consulting)
Description: This field placement experience extends the students' understanding of the role of the ECE Resource Consultant. Working as a member of the service team, students act in accordance with legislative regulations, agency policies and professional standards. They will demonstrate family-centred strategies as they guide families to navigate potential supports and services and make recommendations that support the healthy development of children living with special needs. Through the use of reciprocal communication and evidence-informed practices, they will apply the principles of adult learning in order to co-ordinate and facilitate case management meetings, educational opportunities and referral discussions. They will reflect upon their consultation practices, evaluate strengths and challenges, and create a plan for further professional development.
Hours: 150
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: ECE8230, FPLT8250, ECE8220 or OLRN8340
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
OLRN8320 Adapting and Modifying Curriculum Practices
Description: Students will be introduced to Family Service Plans as the consultation platform that integrates perspectives from families, early learning educators, health professionals and community service providers in order to adapt and modify curriculum practices. They will examine early learning environments and create a plan that recommends strategies, adaptations and modifications that promote the benefits of inclusive learning and development of children living with special needs, and evaluates these recommendations. In addition, students will develop a proposal of how they plan to communicate this information to the full Family Service team. This course highlights the importance of working in consultation with the whole team in order to support children.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
OLRN8330 Supporting Atypical Development
Description: This course introduces students to early learning pedagogy and play-based strategies as the cornerstones of supporting living with diverse abilities. Through a lens of curriculum principles that guide inclusive early learning programs, students will examine and analyze developmental characteristics of children living with diverse abilities, in order to recommend program adaptations and modifications that build on children's strengths. In addition, students will utilize observation skills and screening tools in order to recommend centre policies and practices that promote meaningful and maximum early learning program participation of children with diverse abilities.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
OLRN8340 Evidence Informed Decision Making
Description: This course examines how research, current legislation and regulations, and ethical and professional standards impact evidence informed practices of resource consultants. Students will compare and contrast a variety of observation and screening tools, family engagement models and learning strategies in order to understand their impact and advise families and early learning educators. They will reflect on professional knowledge and develop a plan for further learning related to early childhood pedagogy and inclusive practices.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ECE8200 or OLRN8330, ECE8210 or OLRN8320
OLRN8350 Field Placement I (ECE Resource Consulting)
Description: This field placement experience introduces students to the work of ECE resource consulting. Building on prior skills and knowledge, students will examine current legislation, policies and evidence-informed practices and reflect on how the role of the RECE and ECE Resource Consultant complement each other to support children living with special needs and their families. They will demonstrate collaborative professional practices as they promote and advocate inclusive policies and environments. In consultation with the service team, students will select, administer and interpret observation techniques and screening tools in order to contribute information to the Family Service Plan. In addition, they will recommend program adaptations and modifications that demonstrate the principles of early learning pedagogy and inclusive play-based early learning practices, empower parents as decision-makers, and reflect on the effectiveness of those strategies.
Hours: 150
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320, ECE8200 or OLRN8330, ECE8210 or OLRN8320
Online Equivalencies
Course Code Course Title Online Code Online Course Title
ECE8200 Supporting Atypical Development OLRN8320 Supporting Atypical Development
ECE8210 Adapting and Modifying Curriculum Practices OLRN8330 Adapting and Modifying Curriculum Practices


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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Fidelia Otokhina,, 5197485220 Ext 2410


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