ECE Resource Consultant International

Notice:

Domestic students wishing to pursue a full-time Early Childhood Education Resource Consultant certificate program should enrol in the Early Childhood Education Resource Consultant program or if wishing to study on a part-time basis through Continuing Ed.

About the Program

The Early Childhood Education Resource Consultant certificate program provides early childhood educators with the specialized knowledge, skills and abilities to work as resource consultants with children with special needs and their families. Through interactive classroom learning and integrative field placement experiences, students will develop skills that will enable them to work in collaboration with families, colleagues and communities to support inclusive early learning environments.
This program is enhanced with specific language courses that focus on professional and practice skills for the Canadian workplace. Through interactive classroom learning and integrative field placement experiences, students will develop skills that will enable them to work in collaboration with families, colleagues and communities to support inclusive early learning environments.
Domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugees or convention refugees) wishing to pursue a full time Early Childhood Education Resource Consultant certificate program should enrol in the Early Childhood Education Resource Consultant program or if wishing to study on a part-time basis through Continuing Education.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Waterloo
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 20

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

International fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2020 / 2021) for
ECE Resource Consultant International - Program # 15181


Waterloo - Fall 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-09-08)
Description Fall 2020 Winter 2021
International Program Tuition $0.00 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $20.95 $20.95
Administration Fee $18.40 $18.40
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
CSI Association Fee $84.50 $84.50
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $30.00 $0.00
Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $48.00 $48.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00 $6500.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $15.00 $15.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $0.00 $0.00
Alumni Services $0.00 $0.00
Student Spaces $0.00 $0.00
Graduation fee $0.00 $0.00
Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $8101.50 $7276.50
Year Total   $15378.00

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will expand their employment opportunities to work as consultants for inclusive education in schools, early years environments and community agencies.
Graduates of this program will be qualified to become Resource Consultants as defined by the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA).

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

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. 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. 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.

Program Courses

Course Details (15181)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM8430 Language Fundamentals for Resource Consulting

Description: This course provides opportunity for students to expand on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills required for professional practice as an early childhood resource consultant. Through interactive classroom experiences, this course takes a scenario-based approach, providing students opportunity to enhance and apply their language and communication skills relevant to professional practice. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing documentation skills for professional practice.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE8300 Working With Complex Families

Description: This course will focus on the role of the Resource Teacher/Consultant in fostering partnerships with families that are meaningful, co-operative, professional and productive. Emphasis will be placed on applying family centered practice theory in everyday interactions with families. Strategies for enabling families that recognize diversity and are sensitive to cultural, racial, social, and economic differences will be explored. The student will gain a comprehensive view of the strengths and needs of each of the family members, as a basis for providing individualized and inclusive interventions and supports to the family and their child with exceptionalities.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE8310 Issues In Resource Teaching

Description: This issues-oriented course examines topics related to the role and function of the Resource Teacher/Consultant including the holistic approach to early childhood education. For children with exceptionalities and their families, inclusion and the impact of current legislation on the early learning and care and education of children within an inclusive environment are reviewed. A variety of modes for effective use of community resources will also be discussed as well as labeling and its impact.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE8320 A Developmental Approach

Description: The course will build upon prior knowledge of child development for typically developing children and further develop knowledge and skills that relate to children with exceptionalities. Exceptionalities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome as well as cognitive, social sensory and health impairments will be examined. This course will integrate theory, current research and practice across the broad spectrum of diversities within the context of an applied developmental approach.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
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FPLT8400 Field Placement 1 (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: 165
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
CoRequisites:

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 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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
COMM8440 Inter-professional Language Collaboration for Resource Consulting

Description: The focus of this course is communication skills that promote effective and collaborative relationships in professional practice as an early childhood resource consultant. Through integrative classroom experiences, students will consolidate their language and communication skills applying them to scenarios relevant to professional practice as a resource consultant. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing language proficiency related to consultation, service coordination and referrals to prepare students to communicate effectively as a member of inter-professional team.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CoRequisites:

ECE8330 Screening Assessment And Determining Factors

Description: This course focuses on a variety of screening and functional assessment tools that are used in assessing the developmental levels of children 0-6 years of age. Learners will implement a screening tool, gather information from a multidisciplinary team and create an Inclusive Family Service Plan specify to a child with exceptionalities. Learners will also demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of a case conference and be able to share results with a family. The difference between a psychological assessment and a functional assessment will be examined.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
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ECE8340 Inclusive Program Planning

Description: This course is designed to familiarize the learner with the principles of the program planning process. Through the preparation of an Individual Program Plan (IPP), the learner will incorporate his/her understanding of child development and assessment results. Components of the program plan will include strengths and needs, short term and long term outcomes and the evaluation of the process. Secondly this course will assist the student in incorporating the IPP within an inclusive environment.
The learner will demonstrate the use of the trans-disciplinary team approach to effectively set priorities and goals; and to analyze tasks. He/she will be able to demonstrate effective problem solving and develop and maintain written reports and statements of progress.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE8350 Community Advocacy And Resource Co-Ordination

Description: This issues-oriented course examines topics related to the role and function of the Resource Teacher/Consultant including the holistic approach to early childhood education. For children with special needs and their families, inclusion and the impact of current legislation on the care and education of children within an inclusive environment are reviewed. A variety of modes for effective use of community resources will also be discussed as well as labeling and its impact.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FPLT8410 Field Placement 2 (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: FPLT8400
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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