EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATIONAEC PROGRAM
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The goal of the two-year Early Childhood Education AEC career program is to train students on how to provide educational services to a group of children, from 0 – 12 years old, in an early childhood care setting. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified professionals who are eligible to work in a variety of childcare settings.
This AEC program also fully satisfies the same skills and competencies targeted by the three-year DEC program in Early Childhood Education.
WHAT DO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS DO?
The main function of an early childhood educator (ECE) is to create an environment that promotes the healthy physical, motor, cognitive, language, socio-affective and moral development of a child by establishing a caring relationship. In addition, the educator’s role is to develop, organize, lead and evaluate educational activities that promote the overall development of the children under their care.
The ECE must not only ensure the health, security, and well-being of the children under their care but also, their own health. Students in this program learn to self-regulate by organizing a secure daycare environment, where daily activities are not overwhelming, using stress management techniques. In this respect, learning to balance and renew one’s energies through a healthy lifestyle represents an essential competency that an ECE must master in order to assume numerous responsibilities and tasks. Additionally, the ECE must develop their ability to reflect on their own practice within the context of their life-long development. A reflection on one’s practice is considered a useful means of personal and professional development in the field of education.
The need for qualified Early Childhood Educators is a consistent need in the Quebec workforce.
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THE ADVANTAGE OF TAV COLLEGE
In addition to providing our students with numerous job offers each month, instructors in the department are actively engaged in the industry and are able to facilitate networking as well as transfer knowledge and skills based on years of experience.
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AEC / Certificate
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
English or French
WHY STUDY AT TAV COLLEGE?
Instructors in this program bring their personal success stories and experiences to the classroom and guide students towards a successful career as a daycare teacher, daycare director, and/or early childhood educator. Our instructors are eager to share their knowledge and experiences with you in order for graduates to integrate well into the Quebec workforce.
Graduates of this program will be qualified to enter the workforce in any of the following professions:
- Early Childhood Educator
- Support staff in a primary education setting
- Daycare supervisor
- Daycare director
- Daycare business owner
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education AEC program will be prepared to do the following:
- Analyze the work function
- Observe and analyze the behavior of a child
- Identify the needs of a child or in relation to their overall development
- Conduct their work safely in the workplace
- Establish a significant emotional relationship with children
- Intervene with regard to child health
- Communicate effectively in the workplace
- Provide assistance to children
- Make use of creativity in professional interventions
- Design global development activities
- Organize and facilitate educational activities
- Take appropriate action with respect to the behavior of children
- Write and edit texts within the profession
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DEC AND AEC PROGRAMS?
|AEC (Attestation of College Studies)||DEC (Diploma of College Studies)|
|2 years to complete.||3 years to complete.|
|Students are only required to complete program-specific courses.||Students are required to complete a general education component of their studies in addition to program-specific courses.|
|There is no Ministerial Exit Exam.||Students must pass the Ministerial Exit Exam in order to graduate.|
|AEC graduates must accumulate three years of experience before being recognized as qualified educators for the purposes of satisfying the requirements set by the Ministère de la Famille||DEC graduates are immediately recognized as qualified educators satisfying requirements set by the Ministère de la Famille|
|AEC graduates are paid as per the pay scale for the profession||When equally qualified, DEC graduates are paid at a higher rate than AEC graduates.|
|Graduates do not obtain the credits needed to advance to university.||Graduates may advance to university.|