Course Descriptions

Infant and Toddler Educator Course Descriptions

Winter Semester (January - April)

ECED 3400 Infant and Toddler Field Experience (0,2,35)(L)

Credits: 4 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 and 3450
Exclusion: 2400
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ECED 3410 Development and Care of Infants and Toddlers (3,0,0)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 and 3450
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both EDEC 3410 and ECED 2410
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ECED 3450 Program Development for Infants and Toddlers (3,0,0)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ECED 3450 and ECED 2410
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CMNS 2290 Technical Communication (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students study a variety of technical communications used to document professional activity, including proposals, technical and formal reports, policies and procedures, technical descriptions and definitions, and instructions. Students learn the importance of documentation and accountability as part of professional due diligence, applicable across many fields including journalism, business, government, public service, consulting and research institutes. Students develop skills in assessing communication needs in a scenario, identifying communication goals, audience need and relevant media. Finally, students learn skills in research and synthesis to ensure professional engagement and presentation of research material. Prerequisites: CMNS 1291 OR CMNS 1290 OR ENGL 1100 OR ENGL 1101
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of CMNS 2290, ENGL 2290 AND CMNS 2291
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