Students in the ECE Online Certificate program support children's learning, and their development in all areas: physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development. The Early Childhood Education Certificate program is the first step in becoming a qualified ECE. Certificate graduates will be eligible for Level I Child Care Services Certification in preschool and school-age classifications. The ECE Online Certificate is also the same as the first year of the Early Childhood Education Diploma program.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate program, graduates will be able to:
- Support and promote the overall development of children aged 18 months to 12 years.
- Develop and maintain developmentally appropriate programs, and indoor and outdoor environments that reflect best practices.
- Explain variations in the developmental abilities of children aged 18 months to 12 years.
- Maintain caring and responsive relationships with the children in their care.
- Carry out effective and positive behaviour guidance, and discuss challenging behaviour.
- Demonstrate professional behaviour and reflective practice in interactions with children, families and the community.
- Identify and outline provincial child care legislation and policies.
Students in the ECE Online Certificate program are required to complete two Field Placements: FW1600 (5 weeks) and FW1601 (5 weeks). Provincial program standards require that learners must complete a majority of their placements in a regulated child care centre. A minimum of 260 hours for the Certificate, must be completed in a regulated child care centre, while the remaining hours may be in a regulated family child care home, child care centre, a family child care agency, a kindergarten classroom or a family resource centre.
For those online students currently working in regulated child care (i.e., for a minimum of 12 consecutive months), a minimum of 1 week must be completed at a College of the North Atlantic (CNA) demonstration child care centre. An additional week at a CNA demonstration child care centre (for a total of 2 weeks out of the required 10 weeks) will be mandatory for the following:
- students working in regulated child care for less than 12 consecutive months;
- students not working in regulated child care.
Students will be assigned a CNA demonstration child care centre based on geographical location. Our centres are located in St. John’s, Corner Brook and Happy Valley - Goose Bay. Please note: For new students accepted into the ECE Online Certificate program starting in the Fall 2019 semester, the ECE Manager will be allocating which field placement course (FW1600 or FW1601) and the dates in which a student will complete the mandatory week(s).
If you are registering for a field placement course in Fall 2019, please complete an ECE Field Placement Intent to Register form by August 2, 2019.
Graduates of the Certificate program will be prepared for employment with organizations providing early learning and child care, or self-employment in the child care field in communities throughout the province.
The Certificate program graduate is awarded a Certificate of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education from the College. This parchment indicates successful completion of one year of post-secondary education, combining theory and practical experience in the care, education, and guidance of children. Completion of this program is one of the steps towards provincial CCS Certification through AECENL. Currently, the Early Childhood Education Certificate is eligible for Level I CCS Certification for preschool and school-age classifications.
Note: Students must possess a valid First Aid Certificate to be eligible for a Certificate of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education from the College.