Course Description


Fundamentals of Academic Writing

This course is designed to develop effective writing skills for communicating ideas in academic and other tasks. Topics include grammar, writing processes, conventions or different prose forms, sentence and paragraph construction. Extensive grammar review and peer review processes are also included.


Child Growth & Development I

This course provides an introduction to the study of child development and growth. Students will explore the human life cycle from conception to age six, with the Native perspective emphasized at each stage. Topics include prenatal development, birth, feeding, nurturing, developmental milestones, and characteristic behaviours in detail. The four basic methods of child observation and recording will also be introduced.


Methods I: Role of the Teacher

This course provides a foundation for the study of the role of the Early Childhood Educator. Students will gain an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of the preschool teacher, while also exploring their role in child interactions and program planning. Specific aspects of legislation that will be examined include the Day Nurseries Act, the Child and Family Services Act, and the Indian Act.

Introduction to Native Studies

This survey course introduces the traditions, cultures, histories and contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples of North America. European intrusion, colonial administration and policies, residential schooling, the Indian Act, treaties, and self-determination are studied. Native arts, literature, and the contemporary quest for social justice in modern society are also explored.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This survey course is designed to be an introduction to the Early Childhood Education profession. Students will review the history of the profession and be introduced to the major philosophies of Early Childhood Education. This course emphasizes the role of the Registered Early Childhood Educator (R.E.C.E.) in providing quality care and instruction to young children. Adhering to legislative requirements, designing schedules and learning environments will also be discussed.
Basic Psychology

As an introduction to psychology, the curriculum focuses on the individual in society, the development of personality, human motivation, cognition, the dynamics of neurosis and the adjustment process as related to interpersonal relationships and cultural pressures.


The student will explore the transformation of work in the information age and acquire the skills required for successful communication in a changing workplace. The student will develop abilities in four categories of information management – accessing networked information, summarizing information, creating information for diverse purposes and audiences, and publishing information using both print and electronic media by implementing self-directed learning strategies and educational goals.


Child Growth & Development II

This course provides an intensive study of the human life cycle from age six to late adulthood, beginning with a review of the developmental concepts and perspectives introduced in NEC 102. Students will explore the relationships between the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and spiritual developmental domains. A holistic Native perspective on growth and development and the relationship between the life stages will provide the foundation for the course. Topics such as middle childhood, adolescence, and adulthood will be examined in detail.


Methods II: Curriculum Planning

This course explores introductory skills in planning a developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum for young children. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of planning a program that supports Native languages and cultures in all academic domains. The major focus of the course will be on the students’ experiential learning and further understanding of self as a quality Early Childhood Educator. The role of nature in children’s learning and the perspective of “Living in Harmony with Mother Earth” will also be studied in great detail.

Field Work I

The first field work practicum provides the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to the field. Exposure to the realities of working in the field allows the student to engage in reflective practice inherent to the profession. It also allows faculty to evaluate student progress in the program. Opportunities are provided in Native and Non-Native communities with an emphasis on varied experiences and professional development.


Positive Relationships

Students will examine parenting and family/community relationships as well as investigate social issues that affect families. Students will incorporate their own experiences into the curriculum in order to gain an understanding of traditional parenting and family relationships.
Methods III: Advanced Applications

Instruction of this course will be divided between information delivery and experiential exploration of course materials. Various modes of delivery such as lectures, daily assignments, individual and group presentations, lesson plans, and special projects will be utilized. Emphasis will not only be placed on group interaction and the sharing of knowledge between peers, but also on the students’ ability to relate learned concepts to real life scenarios. Selected readings and course resources will compliment the course of study.


Field Work II

The second practicum allows the student to continue to develop the skills acquired NEC 106. Specific requirements of the practicum include observation, lesson planning and reflective practice. Students will complete the second field work practicum in Native settings whenever possible and are arranged by the college under approved supervision.


Exceptional Child

This course provides students with a foundation in the study of children with exceptionalities and their families. The inclusion of children with special needs in an Early Childhood Education program will also be explored in great detail. The student will examine major areas of exceptionality, namely characteristics of various special needs, the role of the preschool teacher, and the significance of assessment tools in the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).


Health, Nutrition & Safety

This course prepares the NECE student to provide the basic health, safety and nutritional needs of children in Early Childhood Education settings. Strategies utilized by preschool teachers to promote a holistic approach to health and wellness are discussed. Native and Non-Native health services are explored, along with strategies for the health promotion of educators themselves.
Community Development

This course focuses on community - based development initiatives in Native Communities in Canada; skills required for compiling a community profile and a short overview of research / survey skills which are important to those engaged in the promotion of wellness in Native Communities.


Methods IV: Program Management

The fourth methods course explores the basic dynamics and principles that underlie the establishment and management of a quality child care centre. Students will have the opportunity to continue to gain practical knowledge and skills about the factors involved in managing a child care program. Topics such as policy development, organization and administration, and procedures of accountability will be discussed in detail.


Field Work III

The third and final practicum focuses on the refining and application of program course work and previous practicum experiences. Faculty will assess observation, lesson planning, and reflective practice skills to further encourage the student’s professional development. Field work experiences are varied and will be arranged by the college under approved supervision.


Day Care in the Community

This course provides the student with skills in identifying and mobilizing community resources to support and promote Early Childhood Education within Native communities. Program planning and strategies to respond to various community expectations are studied, with an emphasis on the promotion and retention of language and culture in preschool education.


Native Culture: Artistic Expression

Native language and culture is reinforced through storytelling, drama, arts, crafts, music, games and outdoor activities. Native perspectives on an individual’s relationship with the environment form a central theme in this course. Strategies for professionals to utilize and become a community resource are emphasized.

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