Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant

The Oulton College Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Diploma Program prepares students for a career in helping children have a solid foundation for life.  From infancy to toddlerhood, preschool to school-age children, our students learn the basics such as child development, health, guidance, inclusive education, through to principles of learning, administration and business of a childcare, and working with families and communities. 

Our program follows the Occupational Standards for the early childhood field, as well as incorporating the diverse skill set for those who choose to work as an educational assistant.

Our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

· On-site observations, visitations and assessments during the course of study.
· Assignments and creative projects that can be used in the field.
· New Brunswick Curriculum Framework Training.
· Certification in ASIST: suicide intervention.
· Certification in CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
· ECER-R’s, ITER’s and CIS Certifications.
· Sign language level 1 of 2
· Client Manual Handing Training
 

This comprehensive 10-month program of study provides our students with the practical experiences they require for their 8-week Practicum placement, which allows them to enhance the skills learned, enrich their personal resume and connect with prospective employers. 

If you believe that every child deserves the best start in life and you have the commitment and passion to ensure they get that start, then our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Program may be just the program for you. This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University if you wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree after completing your college diploma at Oulton. 

Term: September - June

Practicum: 8 weeks

Articulation: This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University.

Career Choices

Our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Program is approved by the Province of New Brunswick, and includes courses such as Suicide Prevention, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, ECER’S, ITER’S, SACER’S and New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care.

It is not unusual for our students to be hired at their practicum host site and begin working full time just as soon as they graduate.

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Educational Assistant in Schools
  • Autism Support Worker
  • Owner/Operator of a Child Care Centre
  • Family Support Specialist

You Will Learn

  • Play-based learning strategies
  • Child guidance and principles of learning techniques
  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care
  • Need-specific techniques for working with children of various ages
  • Interpersonal and business practices to support career development

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course gives students an understanding of the early childhood education field. Aspects of children, families, play, environments, facilitator, partnerships, and quality will be examined in detail. Program variety, issues in the field, and child care regulations will also be discussed, giving students a general overview of what is required to work in this specialized field.

Interpersonal Relations

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of the human relationships. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and skill development as they begin to recognize the process of human interaction. Giving and receiving feedback, assertiveness, self-esteem, and conflict resolution are among the topics covered. Focus will be placed on self-exploration and experiential learning.

Arts & Creativity

During this course, students will explore their own creative and expressive abilities in order to relate, and develop opportunities for children to express theirs. A definition of creativity, various mediums and modes of expression, and the value of artistic display will be examined in detail.

Infants & Toddlers

Working with infants and toddlers requires a specialized skill set, which will be introduced in this course of study. From birth to age two is a time of rapid development, and consistent care, observation, and responsiveness to their needs is required to ensure the foundation is set for all future learning. The many milestones that are reached during the first two years will be examined, and students will learn how to plan programming appropriate to support children in all areas of development.

Health

Healthy practices are essential in the early childhood field, and during this course, students will learn what health-promotion is, how to do self-care while working in a demanding profession, and ways to prevent and manage illness. The many safety concerns involving young children will be discussed, including childhood injuries, prevention of abuse, and environmental dangers. Eating habits and food preparation will also be studied, giving students the opportunity to learn how to ensure proper nutrition for children of all ages.

Preschoolers

The preschool years are a time of extreme creativity. The value of supporting and encouraging play, strategies for enhancing children’s self-expression, and the ways to ensure an appropriate early childhood education experience for 2 to 5 year olds will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to plan programming, organize the environment, and design interest centers, which are essential skills in working with -preschool children.

Child Guidance

This course allows students to gain an understanding of guiding young children to choose appropriate behaviours for themselves, while using natural consequences and reasonable expectations to lead them toward greater self-control. Prevention of unacceptable behaviour, reinforcement of prosocial behaviour, and methods of assisting children in attaining self-discipline will be examined. The impact of care giving styles, direct and indirect discipline strategies, and classroom management will give students an appreciation of the role they play in appropriate guidance of young children.

School-Age Children

School-age children are at a unique period of development, struggling to gain independence, while maintaining the security
 of still being a child. Students will study the developmental issues that are unfolding, while learning to program plan, support, and care for the varying ages and stages inherent in this diverse group.

Observation & Assessment

Observation and assessment are critical skills when working with young children. Caregivers must practice systematic, objective observation of the children in their care to ensure programming and activities meet all individual needs. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of observation and assessment, what methods of observation can be used, and how to use the data obtained in order to accurately assess a child’s needs.

Children, Family, and Community

Children are a product of their family and community, and it is essential for caregivers to offer support to the child, as well as parents in their role of primary caregivers. Students will gain an understanding of the diverse family constellations, as well as the characteristics of dysfunctional families and the variables that can put children at risk. When forming a partnership, students will learn to respect the needs of families, and how best to communicate with and involve families. The community supports and resources available will also be examined.

Child Development

Upon completion of this course, the student will have an overall view of the study of human development, learning about the transition from conception to birth, and the many milestones that cross the life span until adolescence. Physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development will be examined, giving students an understanding of the factors that influence each, and an appreciation of the importance of early foundational support.

Inclusive Education

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to offer children with special needs the best possible chance for holistic development in a normal living environment. In cooperation with parents and professionals, they will be able to develop, apply and evaluate integrated program plans that will stimulate the children to achieve their development potential and attain the objectives as part of the inclusion process.

Administration of Child Care Centre

This course is designed to make the student aware of the business and legal requirements for starting a childcare as a business. The students learn the legal steps in incorporating a company in New Brunswick and registering a business name. Students study the provincial regulations for childcare setup and operation. Sources of funding for business start-ups are presented to the students and each student prepares a business plan to support an application for a business loan.

Business of a Child Care Centre

Upon completion of this course, students will have a greater understanding of the administrative practices that are necessary for a successful childcare operation. The many roles and responsibilities of directors will be discussed, allowing students to better grasp the position and its function. The role of advocacy and professional practice will also be reviewed, giving students the knowledge necessary to lobby for change in a vital field.

Educational Assistants Fundamentals

This course will give students the knowledge and skills for working within the school setting as an Educational Assistant. It will focus on the role of an EA, strategies for within the school environment, and an overview of possible expectations in this varied position.

Computer Applications

Students gain competence in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office software. They learn to use Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook. The students also learn to use e-mail to communicate productively. 

Principles of Learning

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of applied behavioural techniques used to modify behaviour. The course will assist the student in observing behaviour in an objective and analytical manner. Classical and operant conditioning theories and procedures will be emphasized in a practical manner. In addition, observational learning and cognitive-behavioural procedures will be explored. Effectiveness of treatment procedures and ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course.

Professional Development & Accountability

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of applied behavioural techniques used to modify behaviour. The course will assist the student in observing behaviour in an objective and analytical manner. Classical and operant conditioning theories and procedures will be emphasized in a practical manner. In addition, observational learning and cognitive-behavioural procedures will be explored. Effectiveness of treatment procedures and ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course.

New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care

Students will be trained in the curriculum that has been developed for use in all child care centers in New Brunswick. The four goals for early learning and care will be explored, and the implementation of programming to achieve these goals will be introduced. It is a child-focused approach that allows the teacher to provide the support and encouragement for the child’s attainment of their own knowledge in an environment that is diverse, flexible, and inclusive.

Practicum Placement

Students will have the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practical use during their field placement. With appropriate supervision and guidance, they will manage the daily activities of an educator, EA, or other professional in this field, and will take on the duties and responsibilities that come with the position, giving them an accurate understanding and appreciation of their chosen career.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Education Pathways

Oulton College is proud to partner with Crandall University to provide students with a base education (a college education that can be credited towards the completion of a degree!)

Your diploma from Oulton College will allow you to transfer 21 credit hours toward the Adult Degree Completion Program– Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management.

Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant

The Oulton College Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Diploma Program prepares students for a career in helping children have a solid foundation for life.  From infancy to toddlerhood, preschool to school-age children, our students learn the basics such as child development, health, guidance, inclusive education, through to principles of learning, administration and business of a childcare, and working with families and communities. 

Our program follows the Occupational Standards for the early childhood field, as well as incorporating the diverse skill set for those who choose to work as an educational assistant.

Our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

· On-site observations, visitations and assessments during the course of study.
· Assignments and creative projects that can be used in the field.
· New Brunswick Curriculum Framework Training.
· Certification in ASIST: suicide intervention.
· Certification in CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
· ECER-R’s, ITER’s and CIS Certifications.
· Sign language level 1 of 2
· Client Manual Handing Training
 

This comprehensive 10-month program of study provides our students with the practical experiences they require for their 8-week Practicum placement, which allows them to enhance the skills learned, enrich their personal resume and connect with prospective employers. 

If you believe that every child deserves the best start in life and you have the commitment and passion to ensure they get that start, then our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Program may be just the program for you. This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University if you wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree after completing your college diploma at Oulton. 

Term: September - June

Practicum: 8 weeks

Articulation: This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University.

Career Choices

Career Choices

Our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Program is approved by the Province of New Brunswick, and includes courses such as Suicide Prevention, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, ECER’S, ITER’S, SACER’S and New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care.

It is not unusual for our students to be hired at their practicum host site and begin working full time just as soon as they graduate.

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Educational Assistant in Schools
  • Autism Support Worker
  • Owner/Operator of a Child Care Centre
  • Family Support Specialist

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Play-based learning strategies
  • Child guidance and principles of learning techniques
  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care
  • Need-specific techniques for working with children of various ages
  • Interpersonal and business practices to support career development

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course gives students an understanding of the early childhood education field. Aspects of children, families, play, environments, facilitator, partnerships, and quality will be examined in detail. Program variety, issues in the field, and child care regulations will also be discussed, giving students a general overview of what is required to work in this specialized field.

Interpersonal Relations

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of the human relationships. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and skill development as they begin to recognize the process of human interaction. Giving and receiving feedback, assertiveness, self-esteem, and conflict resolution are among the topics covered. Focus will be placed on self-exploration and experiential learning.

Arts & Creativity

During this course, students will explore their own creative and expressive abilities in order to relate, and develop opportunities for children to express theirs. A definition of creativity, various mediums and modes of expression, and the value of artistic display will be examined in detail.

Infants & Toddlers

Working with infants and toddlers requires a specialized skill set, which will be introduced in this course of study. From birth to age two is a time of rapid development, and consistent care, observation, and responsiveness to their needs is required to ensure the foundation is set for all future learning. The many milestones that are reached during the first two years will be examined, and students will learn how to plan programming appropriate to support children in all areas of development.

Health

Healthy practices are essential in the early childhood field, and during this course, students will learn what health-promotion is, how to do self-care while working in a demanding profession, and ways to prevent and manage illness. The many safety concerns involving young children will be discussed, including childhood injuries, prevention of abuse, and environmental dangers. Eating habits and food preparation will also be studied, giving students the opportunity to learn how to ensure proper nutrition for children of all ages.

Preschoolers

The preschool years are a time of extreme creativity. The value of supporting and encouraging play, strategies for enhancing children’s self-expression, and the ways to ensure an appropriate early childhood education experience for 2 to 5 year olds will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to plan programming, organize the environment, and design interest centers, which are essential skills in working with -preschool children.

Child Guidance

This course allows students to gain an understanding of guiding young children to choose appropriate behaviours for themselves, while using natural consequences and reasonable expectations to lead them toward greater self-control. Prevention of unacceptable behaviour, reinforcement of prosocial behaviour, and methods of assisting children in attaining self-discipline will be examined. The impact of care giving styles, direct and indirect discipline strategies, and classroom management will give students an appreciation of the role they play in appropriate guidance of young children.

School-Age Children

School-age children are at a unique period of development, struggling to gain independence, while maintaining the security
 of still being a child. Students will study the developmental issues that are unfolding, while learning to program plan, support, and care for the varying ages and stages inherent in this diverse group.

Observation & Assessment

Observation and assessment are critical skills when working with young children. Caregivers must practice systematic, objective observation of the children in their care to ensure programming and activities meet all individual needs. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of observation and assessment, what methods of observation can be used, and how to use the data obtained in order to accurately assess a child’s needs.

Children, Family, and Community

Children are a product of their family and community, and it is essential for caregivers to offer support to the child, as well as parents in their role of primary caregivers. Students will gain an understanding of the diverse family constellations, as well as the characteristics of dysfunctional families and the variables that can put children at risk. When forming a partnership, students will learn to respect the needs of families, and how best to communicate with and involve families. The community supports and resources available will also be examined.

Child Development

Upon completion of this course, the student will have an overall view of the study of human development, learning about the transition from conception to birth, and the many milestones that cross the life span until adolescence. Physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development will be examined, giving students an understanding of the factors that influence each, and an appreciation of the importance of early foundational support.

Inclusive Education

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to offer children with special needs the best possible chance for holistic development in a normal living environment. In cooperation with parents and professionals, they will be able to develop, apply and evaluate integrated program plans that will stimulate the children to achieve their development potential and attain the objectives as part of the inclusion process.

Administration of Child Care Centre

This course is designed to make the student aware of the business and legal requirements for starting a childcare as a business. The students learn the legal steps in incorporating a company in New Brunswick and registering a business name. Students study the provincial regulations for childcare setup and operation. Sources of funding for business start-ups are presented to the students and each student prepares a business plan to support an application for a business loan.

Business of a Child Care Centre

Upon completion of this course, students will have a greater understanding of the administrative practices that are necessary for a successful childcare operation. The many roles and responsibilities of directors will be discussed, allowing students to better grasp the position and its function. The role of advocacy and professional practice will also be reviewed, giving students the knowledge necessary to lobby for change in a vital field.

Educational Assistants Fundamentals

This course will give students the knowledge and skills for working within the school setting as an Educational Assistant. It will focus on the role of an EA, strategies for within the school environment, and an overview of possible expectations in this varied position.

Computer Applications

Students gain competence in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office software. They learn to use Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook. The students also learn to use e-mail to communicate productively. 

Principles of Learning

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of applied behavioural techniques used to modify behaviour. The course will assist the student in observing behaviour in an objective and analytical manner. Classical and operant conditioning theories and procedures will be emphasized in a practical manner. In addition, observational learning and cognitive-behavioural procedures will be explored. Effectiveness of treatment procedures and ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course.

Professional Development & Accountability

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of applied behavioural techniques used to modify behaviour. The course will assist the student in observing behaviour in an objective and analytical manner. Classical and operant conditioning theories and procedures will be emphasized in a practical manner. In addition, observational learning and cognitive-behavioural procedures will be explored. Effectiveness of treatment procedures and ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course.

New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care

Students will be trained in the curriculum that has been developed for use in all child care centers in New Brunswick. The four goals for early learning and care will be explored, and the implementation of programming to achieve these goals will be introduced. It is a child-focused approach that allows the teacher to provide the support and encouragement for the child’s attainment of their own knowledge in an environment that is diverse, flexible, and inclusive.

Practicum Placement

Students will have the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practical use during their field placement. With appropriate supervision and guidance, they will manage the daily activities of an educator, EA, or other professional in this field, and will take on the duties and responsibilities that come with the position, giving them an accurate understanding and appreciation of their chosen career.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Education Pathways

Education Pathways

Oulton College is proud to partner with Crandall University to provide students with a base education (a college education that can be credited towards the completion of a degree!)

Your diploma from Oulton College will allow you to transfer 21 credit hours toward the Adult Degree Completion Program– Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management.

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