Early Childhood Education Post Basic (Special Needs Specialization)

The Early Childhood Education Post Basic  (Special Needs Specialization) program provides continuing education to  Early Childhood Educators or those who are in the process of completing  the required 500 hours of work experience needed to be certified.
It takes caring, compassionate and patient people to work with children who have special needs. It also requires specific training to ensure all children in an ECE professional's care are receiving the care they need and deserve. The Early Childhood Education Post Basic (Special Needs Specialization) program gives ECE professionals a broader range of skills that they can use in any ECE setting. Whether working in a public preschool or a private daycare, Early Childhood Educators can benefit greatly from this additional ECE diploma.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college admissions test.
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act).
  • Immunization report (form provided by the college).
  • Interview with campus director, program coordinator, or designate.
  • Current resume (record of work history).
  • Three character references.
  • Completion of a Basic Early Childhood Education program from an accredited college.

Job Opportunities

  • Daycare Supervisor
  • Daycare Worker     
  • Preschool Supervisor     
  • Childcare Worker     
  • Early Childhood Supervisor     
  • Early Childhood Program Director
“Vancouver Career College offered me so many great things. Not only have I learned the fundamentals of ECE, I was able to work with children and learn so much from them also.” - Julia L., Vancouver Career College Graduate

Program Courses

Code Course description
ECE4050 Administration Skills for Child Care Centers
This module prepares students in the administrative duties of a preschool or daycare. Topics such as program philosophy and policy design, financial management, organizational structure, staff development and relationships with families and community will be highlighted.
ECE4000 Advanced Child Growth and Development
Students will review typical development from birth to six years of age. This module includes a focus on recognition of children who require additional support with an emphasis placed on current theory and research. Students will apply their knowledge of child growth, development and individual differences using a case study approach.
ECE4060 Advanced Health, Safety and Nutrition
This module equips the student with knowledge and skills for planning, implementing and evaluating health practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children who need extra support in integrated and infant/toddler settings.
ECE4070 Foundations of Working with Children with Special Needs
This module is designed for those requiring specialized skills in the care and guidance of working with children who require additional support. Students will explore the selection and use of appropriate assessment materials and intervention techniques for working with children who have special needs. A family-centered approach, which focuses on promoting social interactions among children, will be taken.
ECE4010 Interacting with Families, School and Community
This module examines the knowledge, strategies and competencies needed by the early childhood educator to collaborate effectively with families of infants, toddlers and children who need additional support. The ethics of empowerment of families, professionals, and children is also examined. Students will review the family systems approach, communication skills and the family-centred care model.
ECE4080 Program Planning for Children with Special Needs
The emphasis of this module is on adaptation of special care needs and curriculum development to the various group care environments. Child development principles will provide the basis for program planning and implementation.
ECE4090 Special Needs Practicum
An integrated community-based practicum, supervised by a Certified Special Needs Educator with additional observation and evaluation by ECE Faculty from Vancouver Career College. This laboratory course provides the student with opportunities for the development and implementation of comprehensive projects that demonstrate advanced professional knowledge and practice.
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