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ELCC DISTANCE COURSES AVAILABLE THROUGH ONLINE LEARNING
Regional and Online Delivery
Online courses are offered four times per year with registration deadlines as noted below:
August 15, 2020
July 31, 2020
November 15, 2020
October 30, 2020
February 15, 2021
January 29, 2021
May 15, 2021
April 30, 2021
Once registered into online courses, students are provided with Moodle access for course content. Students complete the courses independently with the support of a course instructor. It is recommended that students register for one online course at a time.
For Early Learning and Child Care students, it is anticipated that students are currently employed in the field of early learning and child care. If students are not working with young children THEY MUST HAVE ACCESS TO CHILDREN (e.g., preschool, kindergarten, day care centre or playschool).
Students can take CD1045, CD1145, CD2045, CD2145 outside of Alberta, but within Canada, providing they show current WCB coverage and are employed in an accredited Early Learning environment.
Program Admission and Course Registration
To be accepted into this program full time, applicants must have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with 50% in English 30 or English 30-1, or 60% in English 30-2. A proficiency test in English, such as TOEFL or IELTS will be required for any students whose first language is not English. Access to a child care setting for the duration of the program is required. If applicants are 18 years of age or older and do not have these requirements, please contact Admissions. The Early Learning and Child Care distance courses are designed for students who do not have access to other forms of instruction. Online learning enables students to select their own hours and place of study. Each online student is assigned a course instructor for the duration of their course. Course instructors are available to provide students with support and guidance throughout the course and are available one evening a week, as per the contact hours specified for each course.
With the exception of practicum courses, online learning students can take the courses they need to complete the Early Learning and Child Care certificate and/or diploma program and to qualify for certification as a Child Development Supervisor through Alberta Children and Youth Services. Highly motivated students are able to achieve their goals while maintaining a busy lifestyle in their own community.
Students studying Early Learning and Child Care courses through online learning must meet the course pre-requisites before registering. Information on course pre-requisites is listed in the course description section of the Online Student Handbook. The Early Learning and Child Care online courses are designed for students with an adequate level of English proficiency, normally equivalent to grade 12 English. Students who choose to enroll in online courses and who are not proficient in oral and written English may find they are unable to successfully meet course expectations. In order to progress in the program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C- on all Early Learning and Child Care courses.
All available online courses are listed on the GPRC website at www.gprc.ab.ca. To register for an online course, students must first complete and submit the Application for Admission and application fee. Once the application and fee is processed, students can register by contacting the Online Assistant at ELCCOnline@gprc.ab.ca or 780-539-2983. Students can pay for course fees online with a credit card via Plastiq, or can send a cheque or money order to GPRC. Students sending payment by cheque or money order will want to contact the Online Assistant to ensure payment has been received. For more information on admission and registration for the Early Learning and Child Care online courses, please refer to the Online Student Handbook.
For additional information on the Distance Program, please see Important Documents under Admissions on our website.