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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma
Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle.
Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.
Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.
Satellite Campuses or Offices
Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul
Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma prepares the student to work in a supervisory capacity in children's programs at the early childhood level (ages 0-12). Emphasis is on the development of knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can model and lead best practices in early learning and child care. The program course content provides the student with advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of: developmentally appropriate programming strategies for children with diverse abilities and backgrounds; specialized practice in meeting the needs of children with exceptionalities and developmental disabilities; sociology of the Canadian family; building interpersonal relationships with children and their families; professionalism and leadership in the work environment; nurturing child health and wellness; enhanced learning strategies in language and literacy; advanced skills in guiding and managing behavior. The program offers a combination of theoretical instruction and practical learning experiences in an early learning environment. Entrance Requirements: Successful completion of Early Learning and Child Care Certificate from Portage College or another provincial college, college transcripts, Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation and child care. For software requirements, please refer to the following link. http://moodle.portagecollege.ca/file.php/1/MinimumRequirements-Moodle/Technical_requirements.htm
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.
Tuition $4,342.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,500.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $681.00 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.
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Updated October 22, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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