The apprenticeship program is for people interested in completing the Child Development Practitioner certificate while working in the field.
The Child Development Practitioner Certificate (ECEM) program allows the student flexibility and interactive learning without the requirement of classroom attendance. This program is delivered via distance. Course outline, schedule, lessons, assessments and web links are posted on Blackboard in each individual course. Placements are arranged by the student in their Ontario community and approved by Loyalist College. There is no requirement to attend our Belleville campus. Any invigilated tests can be done at a local testing centre.
This CDP certificate can lead to the Early Childhood Education diploma, which prepares you to work with children either individually or within groups. Graduates work as early childhood educators in settings that include full-day early learning kindergarten programs, child care centres, nursery schools, private home child care, live in/out nanny, resource centres, cruise ships and resorts.
Apprenticeship students are required to have a valid Client Identification Number from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MAESD). To register with the Ministry, please call 1-800-387-5656 or visit www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship for information.
Criminal Record Check:
In order to participate in placements, students are required to produce a clean criminal record check, including the screening for vulnerable populations, by their local police service. If you have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which you have not been pardoned, you may be ineligible for placements.
Health, CPR and First Aid:
Students are also required to have a valid Standard First Aid, CPR Level “C” and negative TB screening and covid vaccine following the Loyalist College Policy
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of College Writing Skills and three approved General Education courses – see Student Handbook for details
Students must achieve a minimum of 50% in all courses and a Pass in all placements to obtain this certificate, all recorded on Loyalist transcript
Students must obtain a GPA of 60% of higher to obtain this certificate
Students have seven years to complete the program requirements
Copy of your Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C”
Copy of your signed CDP certificate
Child Development 1
Health, Safety and Nutrition
Foundations of Early Learning Environment
Foundations of Early Learning Environment Placement – 42 hours