Program Curriculum

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program consists of five (5) Early Childhood courses, which are a combination of core and elective courses, for a total of 15 credits.

Three Core Courses selected from the following:

  • EDEL 355: Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings (3 credits)

  • EDEL 404: Developing Literacy in Early Childhood Settings (3 credits)

  • EDEL 455: Play as a Teaching and Learning Strategy (3 credits)

  • EDEL 457: Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Two Elective Courses selected from the following:

  • EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education for Aboriginal Children

  • EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Global Perspectives on Inclusive Education

  • EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Contemporary Issues in Childhood Education

Tentative Schedule of Courses:

Summer Year One

Fall Year One

Winter Year One

Summer Year Two

Fall Year Two

EDEL 455: Play as a Teaching and Learning Strategy

EDEL 355: Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

OR

EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Contemporary Issues in Childhood Education

EDEL 457: Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education

OR

EDEL 404: Developing Literacy in Early Childhood Settings

EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Contemporary Issues in Childhood Education

OR

EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Global Perspectives on Inclusive Education

EDEL 355: Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

OR

EDEL 495: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education for Aboriginal Children

Multiple Laddering Opportunities

Laddering into the University Certificate in ECE:

  • Former University of Alberta students who completed the Early Childhood minor in elementary education (existing prior to 2013), may ladder 9 credits into the 15-credit ECE Certificate.

  • Applicants who have completed one or more Early Childhood courses or its equivalent may ladder these credits into the ECE Certificate, to a maximum of 9 credits.

  • Note: The Faculty of Education has an existing transfer credit agreement with MacEwan University whereby graduates with a Diploma in Early Learning and Child Care receive credit for EDEL 355. A transfer agreement providing a similar arrangement is currently under negotiation with Keyano College.

Laddering from the ECE Certificate into Other Programs

After completing the Certificate students may ladder 15 credits into the 24 credit ECE Diploma, leaving only three graduate courses remaining. There then exists the potential to ladder these graduate courses into a master's degree in elementary education.