Early Childhood Education
DEC | 322A0
DEC - Humanities & Social sciences | 322A0 | Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program (DEC) is designed to train childcare educators to work with children from 0 to 12 years old. With this training students will enhance their professional expertise in accordance with the Educational Childcare Act and its governing regulations.

During their training, students will learn how to meet a child’s basic, psychological, as well as educational needs. They will also learn to establish a partnership with parents and partners in the field to understand the importance of discussing necessary interventions with a child.

The program was designed to allow students to find work soon after graduation.

Student Business

Every Summer, we welcome high school students during a week-long internship to allow them to discover the early childhood educator profession.

LaSalle des petits Daycare

Students have the opportunity to observe and to put into practice what they have learned at the daycare affiliated with LaSalle College.

Success Plan

A variety of tools are available to favour both your educational and professional successes.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Techniques program (DEC) will be able to use their skills in the childcare sector. This training, combined with three years of experience, will enable them to exercise their profession in early childhood educational environments in accordance with the Educational Childcare Act and its governing regulations.

By the end of this program, graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in various work environments:

  • Childcare services and early childhood education centres
  • Home and school daycare services
  • Coordinating positions
  • 3 Physical Education courses
  • 3 Humanities courses
  • 4 Language and Literature courses
  • 2 Second Language courses
  • 2 Complementary courses

* The College reserves the right to substitute certain courses.

As part of their internship requirement, students might be asked to prove their basic immunization is up-to-date: diphtheria, polio, tetanus, rubella, mumps and measles. Vaccines against hepatitis B and the flu may also be required. Students must be in good health.

Important note: Students will need to provide proof that they are eligible for their internships. A request for police file verification will be necessary. This request will be made by the College.

  • Communication Skills in the Workplace
  • Early Childhood Profession
  • Safety and Hygiene in Early Childcare Centers
  • Child's Health in Early Childcare Centers
  • Childhood Development from 0 to 2 years old
  • Child's Art Development and Playing Skills
  • Creativity in Early Childcare Centers
  • Meaningful Relationships with Children
  • Nutrition for Children
  • Childhood Development from 2 to 12 years old
  • Planning Activities for Early Childcare Centers
  • Child's Family Life and Social Environment
  • Educational Program for Early Childcare Centers
  • Observing Children's Behaviour
  • Observation and Introduction Internship
  • Organizing and Leading Individual Educational Activities
  • Organizing and Leading Group Educational Activities
  • Integrating Children with Special Needs
  • Involvement Internship
  • Quebec Society
  • Integrating Children with Physical and Neurological Deficits
  • Behavioural Interventions in Early Childcare Centers
  • Development of Childhood Autonomy
  • Intervention Internship
  • Team Work Involvement
  • Partnerships between Early Childcare Centers, the Parents and Resources
  • Organizing a Childcare Center
  • Educational Services and Management in a Childcare Center
  • Program Exit Exam

Have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES) and completed the following courses :

  • Language of Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics from Secondary IV
  • Physical Sciences from Secondary IV
  • History from Secondary IV


Have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language if Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics from Secondary IV


Have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the college.

  • This program leads to the granting of a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) (Senior matriculation).
  • Holders of a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Education Techniques can pursue university studies.
  • This program is offered in English and French.