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Early Childhood Assistant Program (C105)-2015-2016
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Early Childhood Assistant Program (C105)

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PROGRAMEarly Childhood Assistant
CODEC105
SCHOOLSchool of Early Childhood
LOCATIONGeorge Brown College at Ryerson University
DURATION30 weeks (2 semesters)
STARTING MONTHSeptember, January
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY2015-2016
METHOD OF STUDYFT

Early Childhood Assistant is a two-semester program that will prepare you to work as an assistant with young children aged 6 weeks to 10 years in a variety of early childhood settings.


Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Early Childhood Assistant is a two-semester program that trains students to work as assistants with young children, aged six weeks to 10 years, in early childhood settings. Emphasis is placed on basic skills development.

Within each semester, the weeks are divided into three days of classroom theory and two days of field experience.

Early Childhood student working with infant at a George Brown  child care centre



Your Field Study Options 

There is a block field placement in each semester of this program.

Notes:

  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination upon entering the program.
  • Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Special Needs Consultant may be called upon to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe caregiving for young children.
  • In compliance with requests from our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.
  • Students must complete a standard first aid course prior to beginning field placement.


Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website



Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

Code Course name
GSSC1079 Infant and Child Development
ECE1069 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1087 Foundations of ECE
ECE1005 Fieldwork
ECE1052 Interpersonal Communication
ECE1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE2045 Applied Curriculum
COMM1073 Language and Communications I

SEMESTER 2

Code Course name
GSSC1079 Infant and Child Development
ECE1069 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1010 Fieldwork
ECE1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE1087 Foundations of ECE
COMM1091 Language and Communications II
GSSC1064 Introduction to Sociology
ECE1000 Professional Development Workshop 1

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives



Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates may find employment as assistant educators:

  • in child care centres
  • in nursery schools
  • as family-home child care providers


Future Study Options 

This program is a “ladder” into the Early Childhood Education diploma program. Students who complete the Early Childhood Assistant program with a B+ grade in field placement, and have a GPA of 1.70 or higher, may apply to enter directly into the second year of the Early Childhood Education program (C100).

For further information on future study options, see www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide.



Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$3,694.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.



How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Information session - Other arrangements will be made for applicants who live outside the Greater Toronto Area and/or are unable to attend the information session.
  • Questionnaire

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

NOTE: Information sessions are by appointment only and invitations are sent to students who have applied to a program in our School of Early Childhood.

Information sessions are held regularly and are an opportunity for you to learn about the program content and career options. You will have an opportunity to meet faculty and staff and have your questions answered.

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.



Special Requirements  

  • Upon acceptance into the program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. This may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall heatlh requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, please go to the pre-placement website at www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon acceptance and confirmation into the program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. This may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • Details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement


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Student Success

Success Stories  

"George Brown has been an extremely positive experience for me. As a person with a disability I have had great support from the faculty, who have gone above and beyond what was expected in order to give me the best possible experience. The college only places us in high-quality, not-for-profit daycares, which not only helps us to learn the best practices but also to network and make excellent connections for future employment. I was offered employment right from my first placement and have worked regularly for the centres where I completed my other two placements. Thanks to George Brown I know that I will have a good job right from the day I graduate."

Morgan MacKinnon (student, Early Childhood)



Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Early Childhood

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2310

Email: ece@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.



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