Humber’s Early Childhood Education – Special Needs graduate certificate program offers a unique opportunity to pursue an exciting and challenging career working with children with special needs and their families. Through our practical, skill-based curriculum, you will develop many valuable skills including how to:
consult and collaborate interprofessionally with a team of early childhood educators, professionals and families to facilitate inclusion
advocate and facilitate community outreach for children and their families
observe, assess and implement using a variety of tools and techniques that support children’s development
conduct independent research in a chosen area of interest
plan and deliver professional development activities
cultivate reflective practice skills for the purpose of self and professional development.
Due to the limited number of seats, this program is available only to domestic applicants.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Apply the principle of normalization and critically evaluate its implications to the field of special needs.
Develop and implement individualized program plans, which include long and short term goal setting, methodology, data collection, and evaluation.
Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities to enhance large motor, fine motor, speech-language, social, emotional, cognitive, and self-help abilities from infancy to adulthood.
Demonstrate the ability to transfer the knowledge gained from theory in order to plan, implement and evaluate individualized program plans for home visits, classroom placements, and other field related practicum.
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the daily interaction with families and allied professionals.
Outline the responsibilities a teacher has when working with a family with a child with special needs.
Demonstrate a professional and supportive role for parents of a child with special needs through assisting them to complete administrative tasks, communicate with professionals and by facilitating their involvement in special needs programs.
Research the legislation and possible funding sources available to people with special needs and their families and make appropriate suggestions.
Advocate and facilitate community outreach for children with special needs and their families.
Develop his or her own personal philosophical approach for teaching children with special needs utilizing a theoretical and practical foundation in assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Fulfil the role of the teacher in direct and indirect service delivery by assessing special needs, making referrals, analyzing assessment reports, planning individualized program plans and acting as a liaison between home, school and various agencies.
Develop a self-directed learning contract and independently conduct research on a chosen area of focus.
Students complete approximately 400 work placement hours assigned by faculty. During that time, students may be assigned a placement in community-based/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 ensuring a variety of experiences.
The Humber Experience
The Right Fit
You have some experience in the field of special needs and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families. You understand the importance of maintaining a high level of professionalism, time management and organization and your philosophy supports inclusive practice.
The School of Health Sciences has the benefit of an on-site childcare centre for children birth to six years of age, which functions as a laboratory school for our Early Childhood Education programs. Students in our programs have access to the Carol Reid ECE Resource Centre, which is full of educational materials, books, and materials to be used for field placement experiences.
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.
Early learning experiences help shape children’s development and set the stage for them to be healthy, happy, 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 physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges benefit significantly from early intervention and inclusive programming. Graduates enter employment ready to collaboratively support children with special needs and their families, applying the extensive knowledge and skills gained in the program.
Our graduates work with children with special needs and their families in both community-based and government services and agencies, and have secured employment as resource consultants, early interventionists, early childhood resource teachers, teacher therapists, community consultants, resource support professionals, educational assistants, home support/respite work- ers, early years’ specialists, outreach workers, intensive behaviour interventionists, communicative assistants and infant development workers.
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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.