Early Childhood Education Resource Consulting (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Community Services
About the ProgramThis 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 InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
- Early Childhood Education Diploma
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 or 237 computer-based or 92 internet-based with TWE 4.5, IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60, or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the post-graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College application form
- Attach proof of Admission Requriements
- Final Selection is made following an assessment of admission requirements.
- To qualify for field placement, students must present the following before classes begin:
- Completed Conestoga College Immunization Records, which are to be maintained throughout the program.
- A satisfactory Police Records Check for Vulnerable Populations.
- Applicants are considered individually for exemption from courses completed previously.
How to ApplyStudents 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:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo 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 OpportunitiesGraduates are qualified to become resource teachers as defined by the Day Nurseries Act.
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Program Related Resources
- 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.
- Demonstrate an understanding of an inclusive, family-centered approach, and the implications for children, families and programming.
- Identify children who are experiencing developmental barriers and who are at risk of doing so.
- Utilize a variety of observation and recording techniques to document children's abilities and interests.
- Participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Individual Family Support Plan process.
- Research and analyze information and community resources to meet family and professional needs.
- Develop skills necessary to be an effective team member.
- Support and empower families in advocating on behalf of their children and their needs.
- Demonstrate an awareness of continued professional growth.
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 Code||Course Title||Status|
|ECE8230||Working with Others Through Professional Engagement
Description: This course will require you to find a program or organization to work alongside with to complete a few of your assignments. 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.
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.
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8340, FPLT8250 or OLRN8350
|FPLT8250||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.
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320, ECE8200 or OLRN8330, ECE8210 or OLRN8320
|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.
Pre-Requisites: ECE8230, ECE8220 or OLRN8340, FPLT8250 or OLRN8350
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
Pre-Requisites: ECE8200 or OLRN8330, ECE8210 or OLRN8320
|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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