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Early Learning and Child Care ELCC

NorQuest College

NorQuest College
The Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) certificate program prepares graduates to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and to plan developmentally appropriate activities for the children in their care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip graduates to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences. Graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services.

Office of the Registrar
10215 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
  • 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of the GED, with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing; OR
  • Successful completion of Written Communication (COMM1007), OR
  • Successful completion of the nine Support Strategy courses from Bow Valley College listed below.
                    Sentence Structure and Child Care Vocabulary Verbs, Pronouns and Punctuation Writing Paragraphs and Basic Essays Speaking With Confidence Advocating for Yourself and Others Summaries, Paraphrases, Direct Quotes and Citations Improving Listening, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Identifying Biases and Building Cultural Awareness The Importance of Reading Aloud
  English Language Proficiency
If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) prior to admission. ELP must have been completed within the two years prior to application to the program. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following:
  • CLBA, with a score of 7 in reading, 7 in writing, and no lower than 7 in speaking/listening
  • CELPIP 7
  • TOEFL Internet-based test score 84, with no section score below 21
  • IELTS Academic 6.0, with no band scores below 5
  • CAEL 60, with no subtest below 60
Note: Meeting the English language proficiency requirement does NOT exempt the applicant from meeting the English academic course work (or GED or COMM1007 or Support Strategy courses) required for admission to this program.

Work Experience Requirements
The following is not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend the practicum placement:
  • Police information check; must include vulnerable sector search, both dated to within 60 days of the start of the practicum. (This process can take 2 to 4 weeks to complete.)
Note: Internet (online) police information checks are not accepted by the college. Please contact your local law enforcement agency directly to obtain official information checks. The existence of a criminal record may prevent clinical placement, program completion, and professional licensure and may therefore affect employment prospects. Prospective students who have a record should discuss the matter with the Program Chair prior to applying for admission. It is strongly recommended that police information/vulnerable sector checks be obtained prior to the start of the program.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2017/08/01 to 2018/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,256.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,106.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,089.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Elegibility

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Updated May 17, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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