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AEC in Early Childhood Education

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The AEC in Early Childhood Education is designed to train educators to work with children between the ages of 0 and 12 in daycare centers. This course allows students to expand their knowledge and to develop the professional skills they need to work as educators in daycare centers, thanks in part to practical internships in daycare centers accredited by the ministère de la Famille.

During this course in Early Childhood Education, the student will learn to respond to the child’s basic needs and to encourage their cognitive, physical, motor, language, social and emotional development. To do so, he or she will above all create and maintain a meaningful and special relationship with the child in close collaboration with the child’s parents.

This course will allow students to successfully enter the job market, which is red-hot because of the strong demand for education workers and because of the extensive development of childcare services in Québec in order to meet the urgent needs of parents for childcare.

Hybrid (evening)

  • Training that combines on-campus courses (Montréal) and live virtual classes (synchronous).

A person who holds an Attestation of College Studies in Early Childhood Education can work for childcare services. This training, acquired through three years of experience, will allow him or her to be accredited as qualified childcare personnel according to the regulation on educational childcare services.

This program leads to an AEC diploma (College studies certificate). 

  • Daycare and early childhood centers
  • Childcare services in the educational environment
  • Coordinator offices- Family childcare
  • Other childcare services (community drop-in childcare, kindergartens)

Have a training deemed sufficient and meet the admission criteria set for college studies

Required qualities and aptitudes

  • Language proficiency and communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork and interpersonal relations
  • Autonomy and initiative
  • Patience and understanding
  • Being open-minded
  • Ability to adapt
  • Good physical and psychological health

Semester 1

  • Early Childhood Profession (45 hours)
  • Safety and Hygiene in Early Childcare Centers (45 hours)
  • Childhood Development from 0 to 2 years old (60 hours)
  • Writing and Summarizing Texts Relevant to the Profession (45 hours)

Semester 2

  • Communication Skills in the Workplace (45 hours)
  • Creativity in Early Childcare Centers (45 hours)
  • Childhood Development from 2 to 12 years old (60 hours)
  • Observing Children's Behaviour (45 hours)

Semester 3

  • Child's Art Development and Playing Skills (45 hours)
  • Planning Activities for Early Childcare Centers (75 hours)
  • Meaningful Relationship with Children (60 hours)
  • Child's Health in Early Childcare Centers (45 hours)
  • Observation and Communication Internship (180 hours)

Semester 4

  • Organizing and Leading Individual Educational Activities (45 hours)
  • Organizing and Leading Group Educational Activities (45 hours)
  • Behavioural Interventions in Early Childcare Centers (60 hours)
  • Development of Childhood Autonomy (45 hours)
  • Integration and Animation Internship (240 hours)

* The College reserves the right to substitute some courses.  

In the context of their internships, enrolled students will be called on to show that their vaccinations are up-to-date: diphtheria, poliomyelitis, and tetanus, as well as measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccinations for COVID-19, hepatitis B, and influenza may also be required. Students must be in good health. 

Students will be asked to show proof that they have no impediments to carrying out their internships. A police record check will be carried out. This verification requirement will be handled by the College.