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This program is provincially accredited and successful graduates will be able to apply for the Early Childhood Educator, Level 2 classification (ECE II) in Manitoba.
Early Childhood Educators are highly valued in Manitoba. Job demand in the province exceeds the national average and 70% of those provincial jobs are found in Winnipeg. Presently, there is a shortage of ECE II’s in the city and the need for these educators will only continue to grow.
We understand you’ll want to hit the ground running in your career as soon as possible, which is why our program is only 18 months long. We offer a condensed learning format, giving you the relevant information you need delivered efficiently so you’ll be work-ready, faster.
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to give you the skills to help young children from all cultures and backgrounds grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Create safe, healthy and inclusive learning environments
- Facilitate sensory, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional development
- Promote positive relationships and conflict resolution
- Establish positive connections with children’s families and communities
- Create equitable, culturally-relevant teaching environments
- Use effective program development and leadership skills to facilitate early childhood programming
- Demonstrate professional behaviour and work effectively as a member of a team
Respectful and fair treatment of children, colleagues and families is at the heart of good childhood education. As an educator in this field, you’ll work to eliminate unfair biases, stereotypes and barriers so children from all backgrounds and cultures feel valued and included.
Part of the Early Childhood Education diploma program focuses on teaching you how to create equitable, culturally-relevant learning environments that encourage meaningful conversation and play. You’ll learn how to address the needs of Indigenous children and families and incorporate cultural touch points into learning activities. Not only that, you’ll have the privilege of helping children foster caring relationships and healthy, inclusive social interactions.
This program is currently offered at our Winnipeg campus in our Virtual Classroom. Classes will resume on-campus once COVID restrictions lift.
In our Virtual Classroom, students get to:
- Attend scheduled lectures
- Collaborate with peers and instructors
- Submit assignments remotely
- Students in this program must hold a Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent High School Diploma.
- These studies must include English 40G/40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60% and an overall grade 12 average of 60%.
- All applicants who are educated outside of Canada or not in a country on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement.
- Applicants must secure a Criminal Record and a Child Abuse Registry check prior to the start of the program.
Our admissions advisors can work with you to ensure you meet the program’s criteria. This program is currently open to International Students.
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ECE graduates have the foundational knowledge and skills needed to qualify for positions as Early Childhood Educators in the early childhood sector. There are a variety of career opportunities available for graduates, including:
- Early childhood educator in an infant, preschool, school-age centre or nursery school
- Home-based childcare provider
As you grow in your early childhood education career in Canada, you can advance into leadership roles including assistant director or director of school-age centres, nursery schools and other organizations. While your career starts at the base level, there are plenty of opportunities to build your skills and take on more responsibility later in your career.
Graduates can expect to find jobs in a variety of institutions, including:
- Early learning and childcare programs
- Nursery schools -Community health agencies
- Home-based childcare
- Family resource outlets
- Child development centres
- School-age programs
- Early intervention and public health services
- Family/group child care homes
- Civic and social organizations
- Amusement and recreation centres
- Local, municipal and regional public administration
You could be earning in less than a year
Lifetime Career Services
Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.
Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.
Learn more about Lifetime Career Services.
Next Start Dates
Topics of Study
Child Development 1 - 60 hours
This course introduces the principles, processes and theories of human development. Influences on prenatal development and the newborn’s capacities are explored. The physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social domains of development and milestones reached through infancy and toddlerhood are the focus of this course.
Guiding Children's Behaviour Part I - 40 hours
This course introduces students to the basic concepts related to guiding children’s behaviours. Students will learn strategies, processes, behaviours, and routines that support the development of a nurturing and respectful early childhood environment. Students will explore their own values regarding children’s behaviour, learn basic guidance techniques, and develop an initial understanding of the early childhood educator’s role in fostering healthy child behaviours. Finally, students will explore how positive interactions and relationships between ECE staff and children contribute to all aspects of guidance.
Curriculum Approaches - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the different approaches to early childhood education. Students will be introduced to the history of early childhood education development in Canada and the factors that have influenced this. Students will explore a variety of models and approaches to early childhood care.
Play-Based Learning - 40 hours
This course introduces students to the value of play in children’s learning and development. The course examines how play changes as children reach each stage of development, the factors that influence play, and the early childhood educator’s role in supporting play.
Observation and Assessment - 40 hours
This course focuses on observation and assessment. Documentation techniques and formats will be taught in this course. Students will practice these techniques by observing children and the environment in child care environment.
The Indigenous Perspective: History, Culture, Equity and Diversity - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the principles of racism, inequity and exclusion as it pertains to Indigenous Peoples and will focus on building an awareness of Indigenous history and culture. ECE educators develop cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and cultural competence to best support Indigenous children and families.
Introduction to Early Childhood Profession - 40 hours
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education. Students will be introduced to the profession of early childhood education. Early learning program components, career options and the role and qualities of an early childhood educator will be explored.
Child Development 2 - 60 hours
This course focuses on the development of the preschool child. The physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social domains of development and milestones of children ages two to six will be explored through theory, research and observation.
Guiding Children's Behavior Part II - 40 hours
This course builds on part I of the course related to guiding children’s behaviours. Students will go deeper by analyzing strategies, processes, behaviours, and routines that support the development of a nurturing and respectful early childhood environment. Students will understand how to differentiate their guidance approach to meet the needs of children, taking into account each child’s developmental stage, temperament, individual needs and the child’s level of understanding. Finally, students will explore unique approaches to child rearing in Indigenous societies and design a personal approach to guidance.
Designing Learning Experiences - 80 hours
This course focuses on designing effective learning experiences within the early childhood environment by developing the necessary background, tools, and strategies. Students will explore the impact of the early childhood center’s philosophy, environment, materials, and resources on learning experiences.
Family Dynamics - 60 hours
This course introduces students to different family structures and dynamics. The course develops also an understanding of the significance of family on the life of a child. Students will develop strategies to support families facing crisis and stress.
Self-Understanding - 60 hours
This course focuses on the self. The course supports the student in examining their own personal development, identity, and understanding of self and others.
Child Development 3 - 60 hours
This course involves the study of the development of the school age child and adolescent. Through the study of theory, research and observation, students will explore the physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development and milestones of children ages six to twelve, as well as the stages of development that mark the transitions through adolescence.
Health and Well-being - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the basic principles and practices of health promotion, nutrition, illness prevention and management, safety, and occupational health.
Early Childhood Literacy - 60 hours
Early childhood educators require knowledge and understanding of how to promote literacy. This course develops an understanding of both theory and literacy and language development activities in an early childhood environment.
Early Childhood Numeracy - 60 hours
Early childhood educators require knowledge and understanding of how to promote numeracy. This course develops an understanding of both theory and numeracy development activities in an early childhood environment.
Understanding Child Abuse - 40 hours
This course is an introduction to the Early Childhood Educator’s (ECE’s) role and responsibilities in identifying, recording and responding; as well as educating for preventions, on behalf of children who may be victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse or neglect. This will include the identification of personal feelings and responses to abuse.
Interpersonal Communication - 60 hours
This course provides students with a general introduction to the theory and principles of interpersonal communication. In this course, students will be given the opportunity to develop and practice skills to improve their communication effectiveness.
Inclusive Education - 40 hours
This course provides an overview of supporting children with special needs in the early childhood setting. The course examines the causes and characteristics of a variety of exceptionalities, as well as their effect on the child’s development. Existing practices of assessment, referral, and intervention for young children are explored.
The focus of this course is on developing practices and procedures that build inclusive environments.
Art, Music and Movement - 40 hours
This course focuses on the importance of creative self-expression for the young child. Emphasis is on art experiences, movement and music that are appropriate to the developmental levels of children.
Science and the Natural Environment - 40 hours
This course focuses on engaging children with science and the natural environment. This course early childhood educators develop strategies to help children engage with and make sense of the world around them.
Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education - 40 hours
This course introduces students to the basic techniques involved in research and critical analysis of current issues relevant to the field of early childhood education.
Building Partnerships - 40 hours
In this course students will develop the skills and strategies to develop effective partnerships with parents, guardians, and community agencies.
Professionalism - 60 hours
This course provides students with the knowledge essential to providing quality early childhood care and education by focusing on professional behaviours, ethical practice, and growth as advocates for the rights of children and families.
Working in Teams - 40 hours
This course introduces students to the principles, issues, and skills involved in developing effective teams. The course emphasizes team dynamics, leadership skill, group processes, communication and problem-solving as important skills for teams to develop.
Practicum 1,2,3 and 4 - 420 hours in total
Each practicum block builds off of the courses students recently completed and integrates activities and assignments that have been explored theoretically within each course. Students have the opportunity to complete their practicum blocks at various Child Care Centres in Manitoba. This provides them with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their coursework to real-world situations in a variety of workplace contexts. Students will work with a practicum supervisor during each block, who will provide support and guidance during the practicum experience.
Our flexible start dates and small class sizes give you plenty of opportunities to learn when it’s best for you and gain the hands-on skills to succeed in any industry.
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.
Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.
Financial Assistance & Funding
Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.
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The practicum is an essential part of a student’s program. It is not merely a graduation requirement; it is an extension of the in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation.
Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrolment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment. In this program, there are four different practicum blocks. Read more about how this works in the Practicum Overview below.
ECE Practicum Overview
The practicum experience at Robertson is designed to complement and support the learning experiences students have in the classroom. In this program, we split the practicum into four blocks to give students time to build on their skills before applying them in the field. The chart below represents the coursework and practicum associated with each program block.
Block Coursework Practicum
1 300 hours 120 hours
2 340 hours 120 hours
3 340 hours 120 hours
4 300 hours 160 hours
Each practicum block will touch on new skills students have learned in the classroom, allowing them to apply their knowledge hands-on in a real work environment. Students will have the opportunity to work in child care centres throughout Manitoba and practice their skills alongside industry professionals. Each student will work with a practicum supervisor who will provide support and guidance during their placement.
Who Should Enroll?
It takes a special type of person to work in the childhood education sector. This program would be a good fit for students who have these characteristics.
You enjoy working with children. This is a must in this career path. You should be enthusiastic and passionate about working with children and want to make a difference in their lives.
You’re a patient person. Patience is key when working with youngsters. They have short attention spans and can be energetic for long periods of time, so it’s important to exercise patience and take every day in stride.
You’re ready to be active. Early childhood education is a physically-demanding career. You must be able to lift children and learning materials as well as move quickly to keep them safe.
You’re creative. The more creative you are, the easier a time you’ll have at crafting learning activities that interest children and keep their attention. It’s important to be a good observer and an analytical thinker.
You have strong interpersonal skills. All children are different and you may work with some that are more difficult than others. Showing compassion and empathy will help you work with those children and support them when they’re struggling.
You have strong communication skills. You must be able to communicate with children and their families, as well as actively listen.
You enjoy challenges. Every day will be different and not every day will be easy. You must be able to adapt and think quickly to resolve any issues as they come up.
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