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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 the CDP Apprenticeship Program.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate program, 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.

Program Information

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 Information

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
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:
Details
ECE1500 Child Development I
Description: This course will identify basic tenets of development in all domains from conception to early childhood and a variety of observation techniques. Topics will include developmental processes, periods of development, examining developmental domains, explaining theories of development, identifying characteristics of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development, discussing general principles that govern human growth and development, explaining influences of genetics, growth, culture, and context on development, as well as demonstrating basic observation skills. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1510 Creative Arts
Description: Not only will the student learn to plan, implement and evaluate a creative arts curriculum in this course, but will also learn to examine children's creative expressions. The role of creative expressions in children's development and facilitating creative experiences as well as articulating a personal philosophy for facilitating creative expression will also be discussed. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1520 Advocacy and Bias-Free Practice
Description: Exploring topics such as identifying the early childhood educator's responsibilities in supporting the needs of individuals, this course also examines: the roles and responsibilities of government as they apply to early childhood education programs, the role of advocacy, influences of immigration on the composition of society and the value of diversity that exists among individuals.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1530 Preschool Learning Environment I
Description: The apprentice will be able to communicate positively with young children and plan programs that foster self-expression and creativity. The course will explore topics such as incorporating a bias-free attitude and approach in the pre-school learning environment, describe the value of play in early childhood development, summarize the role of teacher in creative and play-based learning environment, evaluate children's exploration of the learning environment, explain the impact of a physical and a social environment on social behavior. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1540 Preschool Learning Environment I Placement
Description: Upon successful completion of this placement, the apprentice will be able to implement and evaluate curriculum that fosters self-expression and creativity. The focus of the placement will be on demonstrating professionalism, incorporating a bias-free attitude and approach in the pre-school learning environment, maintaining a healthy and safe environment, examining the effects of routine, schedules in the environment on children, demonstrate positive guidance techniques with pre-school children, create learning experiences, implement and evaluate learning experiences and engage in reflective practice. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1550 Child Development II
Description: This course will enable the apprentice to recognize basic tenets of development in all domains from middle childhood adolescence, utilizing a variety of observation techniques and critically examining current child development research. Topics to be explored will be principles of human development, applying child development concepts to real life situations, analyzing influential theories in child development, identifying sequences of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development, examining recent child development research, apply observational techniques and organize anecdote assessments, narrative observations and documentation into a developmental portfolio. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1500
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1560 Preschool Learning Environment II
Description: Upon completion of this course, the apprentice will be able to meet the interests and needs of individual children by facilitating program experiences in small groups with a focus in Math, Language, physical knowledge and problem-solving skills. The apprentice will articulate one's role as an early childhood educator in children's play, demonstrate methods of generating experiences for young children, demonstrating skills in the observations of children's cognitive processes, develop conversational skills that enhance child-initiative learning, describe elements of the physical environment that facilitates child-initiative experiences and support techniques that foster the development of self-esteem and pro-social behavior
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1500, ECE1530
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1570 Preschool Learning Environment II Placement
Description: This placement will enable the apprentice to meet the needs and interests of children by implementing and evaluating learning experiences with a focus on Math, Language, physical knowledge and problem-solving skills. The apprentice will demonstrate professionalism, observation and evaluating skills of children's learning, utilize teaching strategies that foster the development of self-esteem, facilitate communication skills that promote children's expression, and maintaining a healthy and safe environment. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 96
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1580 School Age Learning Environment
Description: This course will focus on creating and maintaining a positive learning environment for school age children by describing a physical, cognitive and social/emotional development of the school age child, planning and implementing curriculum in a school age learning environment, demonstrating a repertoire of activities suitable for school age children, demonstrating the leadership skills necessary to implement school age curriculum, evaluating positive guiding techniques with school age children and distinguishing between a variety of curricula that provide care for school age children. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1590 School Age Learning Environment Placement
Description: This placement will enable the apprentice to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum for school age children. The apprentice will demonstrate professionalism, maintain a healthy and safe environment, apply guidance strategies, design curriculum for the school age learning environment, implement curriculum that fosters children's strengths, needs and interests, and evaluate curriculum. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 40
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1600 Health, Safety and Nutrition
Description: This course will enable the apprentice to promote a healthy and safe environment for children by utilizing current health, safety and nutrition legislation, explain how specific health needs of specific children are met, demonstrating sensitivity and respect for the primary role of parents and family, applying principles of health promotion to one's own life and the life of children, identifying strategies required to maintain safe indoor environment, implementing control measures in early childhood environment to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases, implementing required procedures when reporting suspected child abuse. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1620 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment
Description: This course will enable the apprentice to design and implement a curriculum for infants and toddlers by identifying the characteristics of infant and toddler development, identifying the processes that underline the development of secure attachment, relate the concepts of principles of child development to an infant and toddler curriculum, explain strategies that support, encourage and extend learning in an infant and toddler environment, develop infant and toddler curriculum and design an infant and toddler environment. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1500, ECE1530
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1630 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment Placement
Description: This placement will enable the apprentice to design and implement a curriculum for infants and toddlers. The apprentice will demonstrate professionalism, maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment, examine the effects of routines, schedules and a physical environment on children's behavior, demonstrate sensitive care giving, demonstrate basic design principles when arranging an infant and toddler early learning environment, plan, implement, evaluate curriculum that enhances a holistic development of infants and toddlers and engage in reflective practice. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 40
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1640 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
Description: This course will challenge the apprentice to consolidate professional, ethical, and philosophical issues into practice. The course will include developing one's own philosophy, integrating one's own philosophy into professional practice, incorporating one's own values and beliefs into a philosophy of early childhood education, explain current issues that affect early childhood education, incorporate practical theoretical influence into an active and reflective philosophy, defend theoretical foundations of the early childhood profession and examine the interconnection between philosophies, theories, historical influences and curriculum.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1650 Preschool Learning Environment III
Description: This course will provide the apprentice with an opportunity to develop curriculum based on the observed needs and interests of children in a preschool environment. Topics will include developing curriculum that is based on the strengths, needs and interests of individuals in groups of children, promoting a bias-free approach, developing goals and learning objectives for individuals in groups of children based on their strengths, needs and interests, analyzing the observed behavior of children, facilitating child-initiated experiences for individuals and groups of children, utilizing designed principles, promote a healthy and safe environment and engaging in reflective practice. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1570
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1660 Preschool Learning Environment III Placement
Description: This placement opportunity will provide the apprentice with the experience of implementing and evaluating curriculum based on the observed needs and interests of children on a preschool environment. The apprentice will implement curriculum, that is based on the strengths, needs, and interests of individuals and groups of children, create a bias-free learning environment, evaluate a preschool learning environment and evaluate self within the context of the environment. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 96
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1670 Child, Family and Community
Description: This course will enable the apprentice to support the complex process of socialization of the young child. Topics to be covered will include a process of socialization, the diversity of family dynamics and values and the impact of media on the socialization process of young children, applying strategies to help children cope with loss and reporting suspected child abuse. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1640, COMM1630
CoRequisites:
Closed
ECE1680 Administration
Description: This course will focus on principles and procedures involved in the Administration of an early childhood education environment including such topics as organizational structure, creating a program philosophy statement, establishing policies and procedures, explaining legislation that affects early childhood learning environment, identifing effective employee supervision and applying quality measures to early childhood learning environment.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1690 Child Development III Assessment and Inclusion
Description: This course will support the inclusion of children in early childhood learning environments including examining inclusion, recognizing the child as an individual, describing how genetics, growth and culture affects the development of individual children, examine the process of early intervention, research current information on exceptionalities, administers screening tools with the specific child and implement an individual program plan for the specific child. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1500, ECE1550
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1700 Advanced Curricula
Description: This course will enable the apprentice to integrate curriculum and theories of early learning into one's own professional practice. Topics will include analyzing existing curriculum, designing curriculum, creating a learning environment, implementing curriculum, evaluating curriculum and engaging in reflective practice. This course is part of the Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ECE1710 Advanced Curricula Placement
Description: This placement will focus on planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum, within an inclusive early childhood education environment. The apprentice will demonstrate professionalism, curriculum development in an inclusive environment, implement curriculum that recognizes children's individual needs and interests, evaluate curriculum based on applied knowledge, adapt curriculum in response to the learning environment, enhance the quality of early childhood education environment and engage in reflective practice.
Hours: 96
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details

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