Part-time Distance Education
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Overview

This online post-diploma program is designed to provide early childhood educators with specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as resource consultants with children who have special needs and their families. Graduates may work in a range of early years and childcare settings including centre-based and home-based childcare, child and family programs, schools, and children`s services (e.g. supports for children with special needs, children`s mental health services and early intervention programs) to support inclusive early learning environments. The program consists of five (5) online theory courses and two (2) field placements.

Requirements & Program Information

Entrance Requirements:

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma or equivalent
  • Proof of current registration with College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency such as IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5, or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Students must successfully complete all courses within 5 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.
  • Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the online Early Childhood Education Resource Consulting certificate program, students will obtain an Ontario College Graduate certificate.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

Fieldwork experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply classroom theory to an actual employment situation.

All applicants with be required to submit documentation of having completed the following procedures prior to entering the field placement components of the program. If the appropriate documentation is not received at least two weeks before the start of the identified field placement, it may be necessary to withdraw the student from the course.?

  • A current (within six months) Police Record Search.?This is required by students as they are enrolled in a program during which they will have unsupervised access to vulnerable persons
  • Immunization and Heath Record Form.?This form includes the following immunization requirements:, Two-step TB test, Immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, current tetanus, diphtheria immunization, current influenza immunization.
  • Statement of Confidentiality Form, WSIB, and Workplace Agreement Form. These forms will be given to you to sign prior to your fieldwork placement.
  • WHMIS

All costs associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

For further information regarding field placement requirements for this program, please contact Carla Bumbaco either by email: carla.bumbaco@saultcollege.ca or by phone: 705-759-2554 ext. 2658.

Career Path

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca.

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