One of the longest running programs at Selkirk College is the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) program.
The ECCE program is one of the oldest of the Human Service department and its first class graduated in 1979. Presently, the ECCE program has a faculty of three instructors: Taya Whitehead, Ellen Strelaeff and Aanyta Fahrenbruch, all certified early childhood educators, with a combined 86 years of experience. The faculty come with a diverse background in working with children from birth through to adolescence, including infants, toddlers and children with extra support needs. New to the 2018-19 academic year is the availability of additional courses in an online format that will increase the accessibility and flexibility of the program.
The ECCE program offers both basic and diploma level training for Early Childhood Educators, as well as Infant Toddler and Inclusive Practice (Special Needs Advanced certificate).
The first year program is blended with both face to face and online options. The diploma program is also blended and advanced certificates are fully online. Taya Whitehead, Human Services Instructor says: “We are trying to meet the learning styles and accessibility needs of all of our students in the region. We have created a model where students can choose fully online, fully face to face or blended for the first year certificate.
Students entering the ECCE program can expect engaging and dynamic classroom (virtual classroom) activities.
They will receive a combination of classroom and practical experience. Practicums take place in licensed facilities across the region, with the goal of providing students with experience in their own communities. For example, with the new online model, students may study and ideally be placed in communities such as Nakusp, New Denver, and Kaslo for their practicums. Students can expect to graduate after their first year certificate with a credential that provides a reasonably significant employment rate. Most students are employed in the field immediately upon graduation and there is high local demand for certified early childhood educators.
The diploma program is blended as a Human Service diploma. During the second year, students have the opportunity to complete a Human Service diploma with an ECCE specialty and can specialize in inclusive practice, infant/toddler care, or both. The diploma offers a combination of ECCE specific and general human service courses, such as: Foundations of Professional Practice, Core Concepts in Human Service and Fundamentals of Change. This year offers a great opportunity to interact with other students in the Human Service program.
The ECCE program accepts a maximum of 24 students and Selkirk is currently accepting applications for first, year, second year and advanced certificates. Interested applicants can apply to the ECEC program at www.sekirk.ca. For more information please contact Taya Whitehead at: firstname.lastname@example.org