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Three practica are integrated into the ECE Diploma program. Each semester, ECE students are placed in practica where theory and pedagogy learned in course work is put into practice. A unique component of the TRU ECE program is the on-campus collaboration with Cariboo Child Care, a nonprofit society. For the first and second practicum, ECE students participate in the 3-5 year old programs at Cariboo Child Care.
For the third practicum, ECE students are placed in a full-day or half-day early childhood program in the Kamloops region for an extended period on time.
A critical component of practicum is the opportunity to transfer learning from the on-campus experiences to another early childhood program. ECE students observe or participate in a community setting in each of the three practica in the ECE diploma.
In the Special Needs Educator post-diploma certificate practicum, students fully participate in a licensed community early childhood program with a certified ECE. Students may also have the opportunity to job shadow a community professional as a component of practicum.
In the Infant and Toddler Educator post-diploma certificate practicum, students fully participate in 2 licensed community infant and toddler programs under the direct supervision of certified and experienced Infant and Toddler Educators.