Current Size: 100%
Program Code: 07901
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Two semesters, beginning in September
This Early Childhood Education (ECE) program offers university and college graduates a unique opportunity to pursue an exciting and challenging career working with children with special needs and their families. Through the practical skill-based curriculum you will develop an understanding of the realities of working in the field of special needs; how to work with a team of early childhood educators and other professionals to facilitate inclusion; the ability to advocate and facilitate community outreach for children and their families; develop an awareness of your professional role and skills to support families; negotiate a self-directed learning contract for a specialization in the field; and the ability to conduct independent research in a chosen area of interest.
All faculty are highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in early childhood education, specifically working with children with special needs and their families. Faculty have a range of specialties, including familycentred approaches, programming, inclusive practice, advocacy, team development, community capacity building, social justice, adaptive technology and leadership. This is an intensive graduate certificate program and faculty are committed to student success.
Our Advisory Committee provides regular review and input of our curriculum ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.
Given that early learning experiences help shape children’s development and set the stage for them to be healthier, happier, more productive adults, some economists estimate that for every $1 spent on programs for children, there is a $2 social and economic benefit to Canada. Children with special needs – physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges – will benefit even more from early intervention and inclusive programming.
As a graduate of Humber’s Early Childhood Education – Advanced Studies in Special Needs program, you are able to seek employment in programs working with children with special needs and their families in both community-based/government services and agencies. Humber graduates have secured employment as resource consultants, early in ter ventionists, early childhood resource teachers, teacher therapists, community consultants, intensive resource support professionals, educational assistants, home sup port/respite workers, early years’ specialists, outreach workers, intensive behaviour interventionists, communicative assistants and infant development workers. Graduates of this program are recognized as dedicated professionals and leaders in the field of special needs and resource consultation.
Our program has the benefits of two on-site inclusive child-care facilities for children from birth to six years of age and an ECE resource centre full of educational materials, books and equipment to be used for in-class assignments or field placement experiences. Both the resource centre and child-care centres hire students throughout the year.
Students are required to complete approximately 500 field placement hours within the two semesters. Placements are assigned by faculty. During the two semesters, you may be assigned a placement in communitybased/ government services and agencies such as a treatment centre, hospital, mental health agency, child-care centre or community association. You may have a full year placement, which allows you to become fully immersed in the agency or a different placement each semester, which ensures a variety of experiences. Each semester offers a block week for an intensive opportunity at your placement site.
For further information, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.
Our industry partners include programs for children with special needs and their families in both community-based/government services and agencies throughout Toronto, Peel, York, Halton and Durham regions.
Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
It is important that potential students understand that the above requirements may impede them from successful admission, completing their full program, and/or securing employment. Humber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse student access to children placed in its care.
The 2013/20143 fee for two semesters is
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.
Textbooks, resources and supplies cost approximately $700 per year. Transportation costs to and from field placements are the student’s responsibility.
|Course Code||Course Name|
|ECAS 5000||Perspectives in Special Needs|
|ECAS 5001||Effective Resource Teamwork|
|ECAS 5002||Adapting Curriculum 1|
|ECAS 5003||Field Practice 1|
|ECAS 5004||Family Centred Practices|
|ECAS 5005||Programming; Consultation and Collaboration|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|ECAS 5500||Advocacy and Community Resource|
|ECAS 5501||Consultation and Case Management|
|ECAS 5502||Independent Research Study|
|ECAS 5503||Adapting Curriculum 2|
|ECAS 5504||Resource Strategies for Special Needs|
|ECAS 5509||Field Practice 2|