Early Childhood Education – Resource Consulting – Program Learning Outcomes

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Program learning outcomes are developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, they are re-examined and updated during regular, ongoing program review by employers, graduates working in the field and current students.

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Vocational Standards

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Build and maintain responsive relationships and partnerships with children with special needs and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds including Indigenous peoples’ worldviews and Francophone identity, to provide culturally relevant early learning opportunities, programs and services.
  2. Recommend, discuss and plan, in partnership with families and early childhood educators, inquiry and play-based early learning program adaptations to accommodate and support learning, holistic development and well-being in children with special needs.
  3. Advise and lead early childhood educators and children’s service partners in the development of a philosophy of inclusion and policies and practices that support diverse, equitable and accessible learning opportunities for children with special needs and their families.
  4. Administer observation strategies and screening tools to interpret and document children’s learning and to identify children with challenges and facilitate families referrals to resources for further assessment and intervention as necessary.
  5. Collaborate with children, families, early learning educators, health professionals and children’s service partners to facilitate the planning, co-ordination and evaluation of individualized support plans for children with special needs.
  6. Plan, deliver and evaluate strength-based training to children, families, early childhood educators and children’s service partners to support quality, inclusive early years and child care programs and services for children with special needs and families.
  7. Provide consultation, service coordination and referral support to families, early childhood educators and children’s service partners to support communication, collaboration and continuity of services for children with special needs and families.
  8. Comply with current legislation, regulations, policies and evidence-informed practices in early years and child care settings to provide quality early learning programs and services for children with special needs and their families.
  9. Advocate for inclusive, meaningful and purposeful early learning opportunities and services for children with special needs, their families and communities.
  10. Engage in reflective practice and keep current in emerging research within the early years sector to lead initiatives related to inclusive practice and improving early learning opportunities, programs and services for all children and especially those living with special needs and their families.

Essential Employability Skills

All graduates with the following Ontario College credentials, Ontario College Certificate, Ontario College Diploma and Ontario College Advanced Diploma, must be able to reliably demonstrate Essential Employability Skills in a combination of the following 11 skill areas:

  1. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  2. Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  3. Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  4. Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  5. Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  6. Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  7. Analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  8. Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contributions of others.
  9. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  10. Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  11. Take responsibility for one’s own actions, decisions and consequences.

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