ECE Post-Basic Children with Exceptionalities Program

This program is suited for Licensed Early Childhood Educators wishing to expand their skills and specializations.

This program gives the student the skills and occupational competencies necessary in the industry today based upon the Ministry for Children and Family Development approved curriculum.

The program focuses on Children with Exceptionalities involving working with children who require extra support in childcare settings. Graduates are able to expand their coverage to Birth to 5 years and are able to apply for an ECE Special Needs Educator License

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program the student will have developed a broad range of skills through the application and understanding of the following learning outcomes:

  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Main categories and methods of observational recording
  • Current licensing and registration regulations, development of policies and procedures, floor plans, and childcare center design
  • Development of partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers
  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices, causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour
  • Planning and implementing comprehensive program plans, focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and cultural development
  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multi-cultural experiences and concepts to enhance the curriculum
  • Creating a positive learning environment that includes fun and engaging music and movement activities, enhancing other learning such as language and language skills
  • The use of concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010
  • Resource Booklet and recognizing movement categories and motor skills
  • Creativity and open-ended, process-oriented creative art activities and experiences
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills and techniques.
  • Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff
  • Signs and symptoms of common communicable childhood illnesses
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, and teamwork

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
560 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
20 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Child Care Center Supervisor
Day Care Assistant
Family Child Care
Group Child Care
Preschools
Rec. Program Childminding
Strong Start Facilitator
Supported Child Dev
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or Mature Student Status
  • ECE Basic Certification
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment (with a composite score of 42)
  • Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, providing physician’s waiver, submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General: Schedule B), and clear testing for TB. (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program)
  • Preference will be given to those who can provide letters of reference detailing volunteer or professional experience working with children indicating their suitability for working in the field of Early Childhood Education
  • You will also need to have an interview with an instructor/director

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students (with a minimum score of 20/40 in language).

Certificate Requirements:

Before a Certificate to Practice is issued in a Post-Basic specialty, an applicant must first be certified as an Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia with the ECE Registry.

An Early Childhood Educator wishing to receive a certificate in either Infant/Toddler Post-Basic Education and/or Children with Exceptionalities Post-Basic Education should submit a current application form to the ECE Registry with the Ministry for Children and Family Development and include an official transcript of the relevant courses successfully completed, issued by Sprott Shaw College (photocopies not accepted). 70% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete.

A Post-Basic diploma from Sprott Shaw College is given upon successful completion of the following:

  • Basic Early Childhood Education Certificate program
  • Post-Basic – Infant/Toddler Educator Certificate program
  • Post-Basic – Children with Exceptionalities Educator Certificate program
Additional Notes:
  • Note: Child Care sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation
  • Practicum sites are subject to availability
Important Websites:
* ECE Post-Basic Children with Exceptionalities Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 20 week Certificate program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • Creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for infants/toddlers as well as children who require additional supports

  • Review of comprehensive knowledge of the range of historic and current theoretical approaches to child growth and development

  • A comprehensive overview of the competent development, implementation and maintenance of all policies and procedures for the administration, funding, government policy and advocacy areas of managing childcare settings and services

  • A thorough presentation of the importance of parent, school, and community collaboration and increased knowledge of and respect for cultural, socioeconomic and family diversity

  • The study of exceptionality (special education and supported childcare)
  • Neurological disabilities, special health care needs, severe and multiple Disabilities, pervasive disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Plan accessible, inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Develop positive approaches for guiding, caring and interacting with children with challenging behaviours

  • The study of exceptionality (special education and supported childcare)
  • Neurological disabilities, special health care needs, severe and multiple disabilities, pervasive disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Plan accessible, inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Develop positive approaches for guiding, caring and interacting with children with challenging behaviours

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Observe, monitor and record each child's developmental progress
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities for children who require additional supports
  • Promote and understand inclusion
  • Use specialized equipment, adaptations and materials as needed and/or prescribed

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