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Child Development Practitioner

Child Development Practitioner

Program Code:ECEF
Campus:Newnham
Duration:3 years, or as determined by industry guidelines
Offered:
Credential Awarded:Certificate of Apprenticeship, Ontario College Diploma (with the completion of English 150, Intro to Psych and two additional General Education courses.)

Program Description

This program is designed for people already working in the ECE field who wish to pursue formal studies and receive certification. Child Development Practitioner apprentices are required to take 22 modules of in-school training. This training is completed part-time (generally night classes) and in a full time spring/summer 7-week option. At the time of registration, the Ministry training consultant discusses the apprenticeship with the apprentice and the sponsor/employer.

In-school training for child development practitioner apprentices includes instruction in:

  • child development
  • health, safety and nutrition
  • infant/toddler, preschool and school-age methods
  • philosophy
  • interpersonal communications
  • administration
  • children with special needs
  • bias free education

Child Development Practitioner is a non-restricted certified trade regulated by the Apprenticeship and Certification Act. Upon the successful completion of the program, a person working in this trade is entitled to a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Application Information

How To Apply

  1. Contact the appropriate Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Apprenticeship office, to arrange a meeting:

    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    Apprenticeship Office
    625 Church Street, 1st Floor
    Toronto, ON M7A 2B5

    Hotline - 1-888-562-4769 or 416.326.5656

  2. Sign a “Training Agreement” and pay $67.80 registration fee for the Training Agreement to be process.
  3. Mail the following items:
    • Cover page with Apprentice’s Name, Mailing Address, and Telephone Number
    • Training Agreement
    • The receipt of $67.80
    • Proof of education (grade 12 diploma or equivalent)

    William Leung
    CDP Apprenticeship Program Seneca College
    1750 Finch Avenue East
    Toronto, ON M2J 2X5

  4. You will receive an application package by mail after Seneca College receives the apprentice’s documents.
  5. Please sign the application form and return it to Seneca College.
  6. You'll receive a confirmation package by mail.

Credit Transfer

If you have successfully completed previous post-secondary academic credits, please forward the following documents:

  • An official transcript from the institution
  • Course outlines for those courses you wish considered for credit transfer
  • Canadian educational evaluation of credentials achieved outside Canada

Please wait until you have all your documents in order before submitting them to program co-ordinator, Terry Kelly

Your Career

A child development practitioner is a person who:

  • Provides a physically safe, mentally healthy, and intellectually stimulating environment for groups of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children
  • Observes and interprets children’s developmental levels and reactions to situations
  • Implements flexible curriculum which will meet the needs of each individual child in the group
  • Communicates positively and purposefully with children, parents, and other adults in the preschool and community

On-The-Job-Training

At the time of registration, an apprentice receives an Apprenticeship Training Standard. The Apprenticeship Training Standard outlines the skills, training objectives or competencies to be learned on the job. These competencies equip an apprentice to work in the trade as a certified skilled worker or “journeyperson.”

The employer, sponsor or trainer of an apprentice signs the relevant section of the training standard to indicate the progress of the apprentice in learning individual training objectives. This signature confirms that the apprentice has learned, and demonstrated the skills established by industry that are essential for being a skilled worker.

In-School Training

Child Development Practitioner apprentices are required to take 22 modules of in-school training. This training is completed in the following way:

Part-time (generally night classes) and a full time spring/summer 7 week option

At the time of registration, the training consultant discusses the apprenticeship with the apprentice and the sponsor/employer.

In-school training includes instruction in:

  • child development
  • health, safety and nutrition
  • infant/toddler, preschool and school-age methods
  • philosophy
  • interpersonal communications
  • administration
  • children with special needs
  • bias free education

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Courses & Fees

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

2016/2017 Academic Year

All Courses are $70 each unless otherwise noted.

Semester 1
EAC150 College English - no fee
ECA101 Creative Arts
ECA121 Child Development I
ECA130 Preschool Learning Environment I
ECF130 Preschool Learning Environment I Placement - $20
ECA170 Advocacy and Bias-Free Practice
 
Semester 2
ECA202 Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECA204 School Age Learning Environment - $20
ECF204 School Age Learning Environment Placement
ECA222 Child Development II
ECA230 Preschool Learning Environment II
ECF230 Preschool Learning Environment II Placement - $20
 
Semester 3
ECA301 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
ECF304 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment Placement - $20
ECA304 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment
ECA330 Preschool Learning Environment III
ECF330 Preschool Learning Environment III Placement - $10
ECA343 Interpersonal Communication
 
Semester 4
ECA411 Child, Family and Community
ECA423 Child Development III
ECA430 Advanced Curricula
ECF430 Advanced Curricula Placement - $10
ECA443 Administration
 
Additional
PSY100 or
PSY125
Introduction to Psychology or
Introductory Psychology
plus: General Education Course
plus: General Education Course

2015/2016 Academic Year

All Courses are $70 each unless otherwise noted.

Semester 1
EAC150 College English - no fee
ECA101 Creative Arts
ECA121 Child Development I
ECA130 Preschool Learning Environment I
ECF130 Preschool Learning Environment I Placement - $20
ECA170 Advocacy and Bias-Free Practice
 
Semester 2
ECA202 Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECA204 School Age Learning Environment - $20
ECF204 School Age Learning Environment Placement
ECA222 Child Development II
ECA230 Preschool Learning Environment II
ECF230 Preschool Learning Environment II Placement - $20
 
Semester 3
ECA301 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
ECF304 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment Placement - $20
ECA304 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment
ECA330 Preschool Learning Environment III
ECF330 Preschool Learning Environment III Placement - $10
ECA343 Interpersonal Communication
 
Semester 4
ECA411 Child, Family and Community
ECA423 Child Development III
ECA430 Advanced Curricula
ECF430 Advanced Curricula Placement - $10
ECA443 Administration
 
Additional
PSY100 or
PSY125
Introduction to Psychology or
Introductory Psychology
plus: General Education Course
plus: General Education Course

2014/2015 Academic Year

All Courses are $70 each unless otherwise noted.

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English - no fee 3
ECA101 Creative Arts 3
ECA121 Child Development I 7
ECA130 Preschool Learning Environment I 3
ECF130 Preschool Learning Environment I Placement - $20 3
ECA133 Advocacy and Bias-Free Practice 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECA202 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3
ECA204 School Age Learning Environment - $20 3
ECF204 School Age Learning Environment Placement 3
ECA222 Child Development II 3
ECA230 Preschool Learning Environment II 3
ECF230 Preschool Learning Environment II Placement - $20 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECA301 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education 3
ECF304 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment Placement - $20 3
ECA304 Infant/Toddler Learning Environment 3
ECA330 Preschool Learning Environment III 3
ECF330 Preschool Learning Environment III Placement - $10 3
ECA343 Interpersonal Communication 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECA411 Child, Family and Community 3
ECA423 Child Development III 3
ECA430 Advanced Curricula 3
ECF430 Advanced Curricula Placement - $10 3
ECA443 Administration 3
 
Additional Course Name Hrs/Wk
PSY100 or
PSY125
Introduction to Psychology or
Introductory Psychology
3
3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Support Services Officer: William Leung
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22719
William.Leung@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor: Laurie Johnson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
Laurie.Johnson@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Terry Kelly
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26520
Terry.Kelly@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mary Fisher
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
Mary.Fisher@senecacollege.ca
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