Infant and Toddler Educator Course Descriptions
Winter Semester (January - April)
Infant and Toddler Field Experience (0,2,35)(L)
Field experience implements opportunities for planned and spontaneous programming and to foster respectful interactions with infants and toddlers. Students reflect upon previous experiences, assimilate new knowledge, theory and research, and apply it to their practice with infants and toddlers. Students demonstrate advanced professional competencies, knowledge and reflective skills. Students formulate an action based research question related to the sensorial and/or social environment to support their program planning. Students use pedagogical narrations to disseminate research outcomes with children, families, educators and class members.
Prerequisite: Completion of the ECE certificate/diploma
Corequisite: ECED 3410, 3450
Development and Care of Infants and Toddlers (3,0,0)(L)
The development of infants and toddlers is examined with a particular emphasis on best practices related to physical care, emotional needs, health, and nutrition. Through critical reflection upon foundational and contemporary research, students explore pan-Canadian and cross cultural perspectives of infant and toddler care and development. Students are familiarized with local and provincial agencies that support child development.
Prerequisite: Completion of Early Childhood Education certificate/diploma or ECE Program Coordinator approval
Corequisite: ECED 3400, 3450
Program Development for Infants and Toddlers (3,0,0)(L)
Best practices for infants and toddlers in group care that are enriching, developmentally appropriate, and based on the principles of caregiving are the focus of study. Students have the opportunity to critically reflect on research related to philosophy and pedagogy of infant and toddler care and education. The educator's role in establishing a welcoming physical environment, active learning, warm supportive child-adult interactions, schedules and caregiving routines that meet the needs of infants and toddlers, educator and parent partnerships, and pedagogical narrations are explored.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Early Childhood Education certificate/diploma
Corequisite: ECED 3410 and ECED 3400
Professional, Business and Technical Writing (3,0,0)
Intended to support students who plan careers in business, government, public service, and research institutions, this course presents the professional skills required for effective oral and written communications. Students learn appropriate background material on relevant communication theory, create a variety of business documents and deliver an oral presentation.
Prerequisite: Six credits of composition and/or communication courses