EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/CHILD and YOUTH CARE

Program website: www.ufv.ca/ece

UCFV offers a number of options for people interested in careers in the field of childcare and education. These include:

Society is changing, and the education of young children is now seen as a high priority. It is ironic that in the past the most formative period in human development has received the least attention from educators and society in general.

UCFV offers an Early Childhood Education program that meets licensing requirements of the Provincial Licensing Board. The program is based on the provincial curriculum developed by the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training and adopted by Early Childhood Education training programs throughout the province as the minimum standard for educating adults to work with young children.

What is Early Childhood Education?

If you choose a career in early childhood education, you will work with young children to enrich and support their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. This career offers the chance to fill a meaningful and fulfilling role in society.

Early childhood education may involve working with children from infancy through 12 years of age in a variety of settings and programs. Your career goal in early childhood education may be to work as an early childhood assistant, daycare or preschool supervisor, childcare worker, elementary school teacher aide, parent and adult educator, respite care provider, infant development assistant, speech therapy assistant, infant/toddler supervisor, or special needs supervisor. The UCFV ECE program can also help you continue on the career/ education ladder with its transfer arrangements to the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care offered at UCFV.

Employment Prospects

Employment prospects are excellent in the early childhood fields. A high percentage of graduates are employed (approximately 90%) and many local daycare and preschool centres have been started by program graduates. Some of these centres are now used by the ECE program as field sites where students get practical training. Early Childhood Education graduates of UCFV have become an important part of the childcare community in the Fraser Valley.

The early childhood field is expanding in B.C. and there is a shortage of graduates for the care of children under three.

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

General Description

The Child and Youth Care degree program has been developed in collaboration with the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.

This program provides degree-completion opportunities for students from a range of human service disciplines. The CYC program is tailored to part-time students and those already in the workforce, with core course offerings scheduled for spring, evenings, and weekends. Students without a background in the human services field may apply to the program following successful completion of entrance requirements.

The BA in Child and Youth Care is designed to offer credit-based professional education to practitioners in human services agencies working with children, youth, and families. Most child and youth care workers are balancing agency, family, personal, and professional needs as they pursue training or upgrading in an increasingly demanding and complex field.

Child and youth care is an expanding field. It crosses a range of work settings and areas of practice, including residential/group home programs, regular and alternative school programs, daycare and early childhood programs, child life/hospital-based programs, juvenile justice/ probation/young offender programs, special needs foster care, parent/counsellor resources, programs for people with mental disabilities, and early intervention and child development centres.

Workers, supervisors, managers, and trainers in these programs bring a diverse set of backgrounds and credentials to their positions. Increasingly, an undergraduate degree is sought by employers for the more desirable employment situations in most areas in the field. This has led to a growing number of practitioners in line supervision and management positions investing in professional education to complete this BA degree.

The breadth of the child and youth care field requires a primary curriculum focus on generic development and social competence as a context for therapeutic intervention.

The degree is awarded following successful completion of a minimum of 120 recognized credits. You may enter the program upon completion of related certificate and diploma programs, or one full year of university-transfer courses, providing they meet the program requirements. The 200-level CYC courses may be taken by students prior to acceptance into the degree program with special permission of the program head. The program of study includes core and elective courses.

The program curriculum was originally developed by the UVic School of Child and Youth Care. Changes may be made in consultation with the BC CYC Education Consortium.

Entrance Requirements

1. Admission to the CYC program requires at least 30 credits of work as defined below:

    a. 30 credits of university-level courses with a grade point average of at least 2.33 (C+),
        including six credits of first-year English and/or Communications with a minimum combined
        grade point average on the six credits of C+ or better (see Note 2);
    Or
    b. A certificate in Early Childhood Education or other human service certificate program with a              grade point average of at least 2.84 (B), including six credits of first year English and/or                 Communications with a minimum combined average on the six credits of C+ or better
        (see Notes 1 and 2).

Note 1: Students who have completed an ECE or other human services certificate or diploma program with a 2.84 (B) average or higher may be given block credit for this training (up to 30 credits for a certificate and 60 credits for a two-year diploma).

Note 2: Students lacking the English and/or Communications requirement may be considered for conditional admission to the degree program.

2. An orientation and interview is normally required prior to admission to the program. Paid or volunteer experience with children or youth in a program setting is considered in the admissions decision.

It is strongly recommended that applicants for the program have a current first aid certificate and updated Rubella and TB clearance.

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available form any A&R or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. You will be informed when  an orientation is scheduled. Once your application is complete, you will be informed of the interview time.

3. You will be advised of an admission decision and invited to register. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied to the tuition fees and is not refundable.

4. If this program is full, or you are waiting to find out about your admission to the program, you will be given an opportunity to register as a general student. It is not necessary to submit a separate application form. If you meet the entrance requirements and a space becomes available later, you will be contacted.

Fees and Additional Costs

Tuition for 300- and 400-level courses is $53 per credit or about $800 for 15 credits. *Fees stated are in effect for 1998/99 and are subject to change for 1999/2000.

Visiting Students

Since the CYC courses in the program are transferable to UVic, some students may wish to take them at UCFV for the purpose of completing their studies at Uvic. UVic students require a Letter of Permission from UVic as well as an application to UCFV as a visiting student. Please consult the Registrar’s office at UVic. Applicants visiting from other institutions may not receive the same priority in registration as UCFV students.

Courses at UVic and Other Institutions

Students who wish to pursue the degree program more quickly than the part-time offerings at UCFV allow, may arrange to take distance education courses through UVic on an individual basis. You must obtain permission in advance from the UCFV program head. A Request for Letter of Permission form for this purpose may be obtained from the Admissions and Records office. You must still apply to UVic as a visiting student.

Total transfer and course challenge credits may not normally exceed 60 credits. Not more than 18 upper-level (300 and 400 course numbers) credits will count toward the upper-level requirements for the degree.

Graduation

All degree candidates must be approved by the UVic School of Child and Youth Care and Senate until UCFV degrees are awarded. Students entering the program in the 1998/99 academic year or later will be graduates of UCFV.

Standing Required for Continuance

Students whose cumulative grade average and/or semester grade average falls below C+, or who fail to earn a 2.33 (C+) or higher in any required course, will be expected to repeat that course and may be required to withdraw from the program. Students may be restricted from taking further CYC courses in cases where the course that is to be repeated is a prerequisite for other courses. Students receiving academic warning for low grades or unacceptable student behaviour will not normally be permitted to participate in the practicum component of the program.

Regulations Concerning Practica

The program head reserves the right to approve any agency or institution that provides placements for student practica, and to change any placement assigned to a student. Students are placed in practicum settings in accordance with their professional background and current learning needs. You have the right to be informed in writing of the reasons for any change in placement. You may be required to withdraw from a practicum course if none of the available practicum agencies will accept you.

A criminal record check is required prior to practicum placement.

Attendance at practicum activities is required. Practicum courses are not normally open to challenge or exemption.

Program Requirements

Completion of at least 120 credits of which at least 42 must be upper-level (300–400) with a minimum grade point average of 2.33. Courses used to satisfy the CYC degree requirements must be transferable to UVic for students accepted prior to the 1998/99 academic year. Students accepted after that point are expected to meet UCFV transfer requirements.

Program Outline

First Year
Course, Title, Credits

CMNS 155     Communications for Human Services    3
CMNS 255    Communications for Human Services II (Advanced)     3
PSYC 101      Introduction to Psychology I*    3
PSYC 102      Introduction to Psychology II*    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Total 30

Notes:

1. CMNS courses can be replaced with first-year university English

2. *PSYC 101 & 102 are prerequisites to PSYC 250.

3. Electives must be UVic-transferable for students admitted prior to the 1998/99 academic year. Students admitted to the program in the 1998/99 academic year and thereafter must satisfy UCFV requirements for transfer of elective credits. Graduates of approved ECE certificate and diploma programs are eligible for block transfer credits

Second Year
Course, Title & Credits

CYC 200A     Theoretical Foundations    3
CYC 200B    Professional Foundations    3
CYC 201    Intro to CYC     3
CYC 252    Fundamentals of Change    6
PSYC 250    Introduction to Developmental Psychology    3
PSYC 351    Child Psychology or
PSYC 355    Adolescent Psychology or
PSYC 357    Adulthood and Aging        3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department 3
Total 30

Third Year

Note: Students may not normally register for 300-level core CYC courses until they have completed all 200-level core CYC courses and are admitted to the program.

Course, Title & Credits

CYC 301 A/B     Prof. CYC Practice: Theory andApplication    6
CYC 338 A/B    Applied Developmental Psychology    6
CYC 310 A/B    Supervised Practicum    9
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Total 30

Fourth Year

Note: Students may not register in any 400-level core CYC courses, except 423 and 425, until they have completed all 300-level core CYC courses.

Course, Title & Credits

CYC 410     Advanced Supervised Practicum    9
CYC 423    Research Methods in Child and Youth Care    3
CYC 425    Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis    3
CYC 460    Special Topics in CYC     3–6
CYC 465    Theory of Child and Youth Care Practice with Groups     3
CYC 466    Theory of CYC Practice With Families    3
CYC 474    CYC Practices with Indiv.    or
CYC 475    Discussion and Counselling    or
CYC 476    CYC Practice With Families     3
Elective Approved by department    3
Elective Approved by department    3
Total 30–33

Recommended areas for elective courses could include arts, science, human services, English, and criminology. Electives must meet transfer requirements. CYC-sponsored electives may also be offered under courses CYC 260, 360 and 460.

Early Childhood Education certificate

UCFV offers a three-semester program at both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses leading to registration in British Columbia as early childhood educators.

The three-semester certificate program includes basic courses in communications, interpersonal relations, child growth and development, working with children, and the early childhood curriculum. Students in the ECE certificate program must maintain semester and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.33 (C+) in order to be awarded the certificate. Students who do not maintain the required cumulative GPA will be placed on Academic Warning for one semester. If they do not attain the required GPA they will need to meet with the program head before continuance in the program, and they may need to withdraw from the program.

After completing this program, graduates can be licensed as early childhood educators by the Provincial Licensing Board, with an additional 500 hours of supervised work and a first aid certificate.

Two post-certificate specialty options are available for an ECE diploma:

Entrance Requirements

1. Applicants must be 19 years of age or older before being accepted into the program.

2. Ability to supply own transportation to field sites and current driver’s licence.

3. Composition Placement Test score of 48 or more.

Note: It is important that the CPT be written as early as possible. Late submission of a score may hamper entry into the program.

4. TB (as required per Community Care Facilities Licencing Legislation) and Rubella clearance.

5. Criminal Records check.

6. Satisfactory completion of interview or questionnaire.

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available form any A&R or Student Services office. See complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. After your application is received, the Admissions and Records office will inform you of an orientation session that you must attend. If you do not attend or make arrangements with the program head, you will not be eligible for admission to the program.

After the orientation session, you will be required to obtain a TB (as required per Community Care Facilities Licencing Legislation) and Rubella clearance and criminal record check and be given a questionnaire to return or be assigned to an interview time.

Based on the CPT score, interview or questionnaire, you will be evaluated according to the following scale:

4. About four to six weeks after the orientation you will be advised of the admission decision.

Upon admission to the program you will be invited to register.

If you do not register for courses and pay course deposits, your place will be given to the next person on the program waiting list and you must reapply to the program.

Admission decisions are made in October for a January start and April for a September start. Start dates are as follows:

Dates and Locations

In Abbotsford:

Semester 1 — September to December, 2000
Semester 2 — January to April, 2001
Semester 3 — September to December, 2001

In Chilliwack:

Semester 1 — September to December, 1999
Semester 2 — January to April, 2000
Semester 3 — September to December, 2000

Note: If you wish to begin taking courses at UCFV while waiting for a space to become available in this program, it will be necessary to submit a separate application to take courses as a general studies student (see page 8 for application dates).

Part-time Studies

Part-time students are invited to contact the ECE program head to discuss their program plan before enrolment in courses.

Part-time students may complete CMNS 155 and
SSSW 120 before applying to or entering the ECE program or take these two courses in the first semester.

Fees and Additional Costs

The fees for a full-time student (18 credits) are about $850 per semester. Books and additional supplies are about $100 per course. *Fees stated are in effect for 1998/99 and are subject to change for 1999/2000. See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information.

You should be prepared to spend approximately $500 per semester on books and supplies. You must also have your own means of transportation. Up to half of your program time will be spent working in early childhood centres in the community which may involve travelling as much as 40 km in one direction. UCFV takes no responsibility for students’ transportation to field sites.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office for information on loans, bursaries and work-study options.

Program Outline

Semester I — 18 Credits
Course, Title & Credits 

ECE 100     Human Development3
ECE 121    Intro. to Early Childhood Education    3
ECE 131    Intro. to Early Childhood Guidance    3
ECE 141    Intro. to Observing and Recording Behaviour of Young Children     3
SSSW 120    Intro. to Interpersonal Communications    3
CMNS/ENGL one of:     3
    CMNS 155 Communications for Human Services
    ENGL 105 The Reading & Writing of Prose (see Note1)

Semester II — 16.5 Credits
Course, Title & Credits

ECE 200     Human Development II    3
ECE 221    Early Childhood Programs    3
ECE 241    Introductory Practicum    6
ECE 254    Music in ECE    3
ECE 353    Art in ECE    1.5

Semester III — 18 Credits
Course, Title & Credits

ECE 341     Advanced Practicum    6
ECE 351    Nutrition, Health and Safety    3
ECE 255    Presenting Literature to Children    3
ECE 361    The Process of Curriculum Development    3
CMNS/ENGL one of:    3
    CMNS 255 Communications for Human Services II (Advanced)
    ENGL 110–170 (one of) (See Note 1)
    Note 1: CMNS 155 and 255 are the recommended series of courses.

Early Childhood Education diploma

After completing the certificate program you can continue your education and take advanced courses in more specialized areas. Most post-certificate courses may be taken at night, giving you the option of working in the daytime. Two program options are available for diploma students. The two programs share a common set of core courses and each requires a different set of specialty courses. Completion of the core courses, and one set of specialty courses leads to registration as a special needs or infancy (under-three) supervisor. Check the timetable or contact the program coordinator for information about the current offerings. Accepted students may begin in April or September each year.

Entrance Requirements

1. Completion of ECE certificate and a provincial licence to practise (UCFV ECE graduates exempt).

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. After your application is received you will be contacted regarding any orientations or interviews which may be required.

Program Outline

Core Diploma Requirements

Course, Title & Credits

ECE 413     Atypical Development    3
ECE 424    Working with Families    3
ECE 423    Administration of Childhood Centres    3

Special Needs Specialty

Course, Title & Credits 

ECE 460     Foundations of Working with Exceptional Children    3
ECE 481    Programming for Exceptional Children    3
ECE 442    Practicum: Special Needs    6

Infancy Specialty

Course, Title & Credits

ECE 469     Foundations of Infant Caregiving    3
ECE 482    Programming for Infants    3
ECE 443    Practicum: Infancy    6

Minimum number of credits needed to graduate for the diploma is 60.

Speech and Language Assistant diploma

Entrance Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 30-credit certificate in a related field (such as ECE, CYC, Social Services, Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy) including six credits of university transfer English or communications, and a GPA of 2.84 or higher;
or
30 university transfer credits including six credits of Human Development/Developmental Psychology, and six credits in English/Communications with overall GPA of 2.33 or higher;
or
Special permission from the Speech and Language Assistant program coordinator.

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. After your application is received, the Admissions and Records office will inform you of an orientation that you must attend. Further details about the program, including registration, scheduling and costs, will be available at the orientation session.

Program Outline

Course, Title & Credits

SLA 201     Introduction to the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology and the Role of the
Speech Language Assistant    3
SLA 202    Language, Learning, and Literacy    3
SLA 203    Communication Disorders and Intervention Techniques     3
SLA 204    Articulation/Phonology    3
SLA 205    Programming    3
SLA 206    Amplification Systems Aural Rehabilitation    3
SLA 207    Language Learning Environments    3
SLA 209   Introduction to Linguistics    3
or
LING 101    Introduction to Language    3
SLA 215    Practicum — 200 hours    6

Full-Time Faculty

Maple Melder Crozier, BA (CSU), MS Ed Psyc (CSUH), Ed D-in-progress (Taft),
Gwen Clarke, ECE Dip, ID (VCC)
D’Anne Epp, BA, MA, MEd (Ottawa) Program Head
Linda Matwichuk, BA (Man), Grad. Studies ECE (WWU), MAdEd (St. FX)
Christine Puder, BA CYC (UVic), MEd (UBC)
Lou Schroeder, ECE, MEd Elem. Ed. (Wichita State)
Les Stagg, MEd (UBC)

Sessional Faculty

Colleen Bohlen, BA (UBC), MA (WWU)
Diane Eynon, BA (Minn.), MA (N. Dakota)
Juli Earl, BA CYC (UCFV), MA-in-progress
Barry Forer, BA (Uvic), MSc (UBC)
Johnson Hartman, Med
Victoria Hurst-Martin, BA CYC (UVic), MA
George Melzer, M. ECE (SFU)
Stacie Prescott, BEd (UBC), MA-in-progress (City U)
Iona Snair, BA (Waterloo), MA (UBC)
Sheila Wallace, MA

Staff

Doris Ball, Department Assistant
Lenora Gaib, Project Assistant

ECE/CYC External Advisory Committee

The following committee list does not include members of the ECE/CYC department.

Dawn Adamson, Langley School District No. 35
Janet Baillies, Abbotsford, MSA Hospital
Luda Diakonova, Busy Bear Club Preschool
Diane Eynon, Fraser Valley Child Development Centre
Cheryl Havens, Out-of-school-care Representative
Laurie Kocher, School District #34
Val London, MCF
Don Martin, Mountain Elementary
Annette Pollock, Agassiz-Harrison Daycare
Doug Stam, Timothy Christian School
Linda Weismiller, Chilliwack Developmental Preschool
Donna White, Upper Fraser Valley Developmental Preschool
Doreen W olfe, Upper Fraser Valley Health Unit


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