This program is designed for you if you are working or have previously worked in the field of early childhood education (ECE) and wish to attain a formal education. Before applying for this program, you must be registered as an apprentice through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As an apprentice in this program, you will take 23 in-class courses that can be completed part-time (evening classes) or full-time (seven-week program during spring/summer). Your training will include instructions in a variety of subjects such as child development, curriculum, health, safety, nutrition and professional practice.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a Certificate of Apprenticeship. Additionally, you may take additional four General Education subjects to be eligible to graduate with an ECE diploma.
At the time of registration you will receive an Apprenticeship Training Standard which will provide a list of skills, training, objectives or competencies to be learned on the job. These competencies equip you, the 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.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for employment opportunities with the following responsibilities:
Throughout this program you will develop the following skills: