Program Overview

Duration

5 to 12 months*

*Varies according to each candidate’s experience and availability.


Schedule

Info Session: Ongoing and one-on-one (Please request a meeting with the Ped Counsellor via the website).

Start date: Saturday, Feb 25th, 2023

Mode of delivery: 100% online

Monday to Friday (9am-4pm) OR 1-2 Saturdays per month (9am-2pm) via Zoom

Competencies

The Early Childhood Education AEC (JEE.0K) is made of 17 competencies. To receive your AEC, you will have to be evaluated for all competencies. The competencies have been grouped in five categories:

General - 3 competencies

  • 0190 – To examine the profession of an educator
  • 019B – To use creativity in a work context
  • FK19 – To define the pedagogical model and approach to be applied in educational childcare services

Group 1: Health and Safety – 3 competencies

  • 0193 – To function safely in the workplace
  • 0195 – To intervene with respect to a child’s health
  • 0196 – To promote good nutrition

Group 2: Observation and Development – 2 competencies

  • 0191 – To observe the children’s behaviour
  • 0192 –  To identify a child’s needs with respect to his/her overall development

Group 3: Child Behaviour and Communication in the Daycare Milieu – 4 competencies

  • 019A – To provide support to a child
  • 019J – To intervene with respect to the behaviour of a child or a group of children
  • 0194 – To establish an affective relationship with children
  • 0197 – To communicate in the workplace

Group 4 – 2 competencies

  • 0199 – To analyze a child’s specific needs
  • 019H – To establish a partnership relationship with parents and resource people

Group 5: Educational Activities – 3 competencies

  • 019D – To design activities promoting overall child development
  • 019E – To organize educational activities
  • 019F – To lead educational activities

RAC Process

Learn more about the RAC process.

Cost

Take advantage of this great opportunity!
The ECE RAC Process is free of charge until June 30th, 2024!
You only pay the $75 admission fees which is refundable when you are accepted in the program.

Regular fees after June 30th, 2024:

Maximum $575*

*There are no additional fees to use online resources, receive support from content specialists, or to attend seminars and work sessions. Maximum cost is only applicable to Quebec residents.

Further details

To take advantage of the RAC process, candidates must pay certain fees. The fees are based on the number of evaluations that a candidate has to complete, and may vary from one person to another.

  • $30 admission fee (non-refundable)
  • $45 for a necessary file analysis (non-refundable)
  • $40 per competency (up to a maximum of $500)

Maximum total: $575

Please note that the fees above include all activities related to the RAC services. No additional fees have to be paid to:

  • Attend a seminar on a specific topic
  • Consult the online resources
  • Participate in job preparation activities
  • Participate in expert-led group activities

An additional $45 file analysis fee will apply if a candidate desires to change program.

Meet our Content Specialists

Reem Talhamy - Advisor

Over ten years of direct experience in Early Childhood Education, ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring, and Education Management in Jordan and Canada, Reem chose to specialize in Educational Studies with a main focus on adult lifelong learning and community development programs at Concordia University. Her passion for developing new and innovative learning programs to increase cultural awareness, creative dialogue, and empathy, led her to work with Say Ça! A non-profit organisation that facilitates Syrian refugee youth’s re-integration into schools and community in Montreal and Quebec. She served as a tutor, mentor, interpreter and director of operations. She has recently become the pedagogical advisor for RAC ECE at Champlain College.

450-672-7360 ext. 3419

rtalhamy@champlaincollege.qc.ca

Navjot Bansal - Content Specialist

Navjot graduated from McGill University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree specializing in Psychology and Child Psychology. Always having a love for children, she went on to get her Attestation in Early Childhood Education from Vanier College in 1998, and also completed some education courses in the Faculty of Education from McGill University in 2002. Navjot has been a qualified educator in the field of early childhood education for over 15 years and has experience in an elementary school as a substitute teacher for kindergarten. As an early childhood educator, Navjot also had many opportunities and experiences of training various students doing their stages in the ECE program both at Vanier and Champlain College. As a content specialist for the RAC ECE program and committed to student success, Navjot welcomes the new opportunity to teach students in the adult educational program, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences of early childhood education with them.

450-672-6046

nbansal@champlaincollege.qc.ca

Irene Bezpalok - Content Specialist

Irene graduated from Concordia University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Specializing in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the ECE field for over 30 years. During this time she has worked as an educator at McGill CPE for 18 years then, as a Pedagogical Consultant with various CPE’s and most recently teaching the A.E.P. course at the E.M.S.B. adult vocational department.

Irene looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with the candidates in the RAC program at Champlain College who have embarked on their journey in the Early Childhood field.

450-672-6046

ibezpalok@champlaincollege.qc.ca

Tiffany Dickie - Content Specialist

Tiffany has a DEC in Special Care Counselling, a BA in English Literature, a Masters in Teaching and Learning, and is completing a Masters in Educational Leadership. She has experience working with children with diverse needs across the lifespan. She has worked in early childhood education as an educator, shadow, and integration aide. She has also taught high school, adult education, vocational education, and social integration services. She currently teaches in the Early Childhood Education, Special Care Counselling, and Autism Spectrum Disorder programs at Champlain College. In her limited free time, she enjoys playing golf with her husband and being with her Rottweiler, Lucy.

450-672-6046

tdickie@champlaincollege.qc.ca

Darlene Jacques - Content Specialist

Darlene has been an educator in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. She has enjoyed the experience of working with many different age groups, as well as being an integral part of a team . She has the experience and background to help new educators, and welcomes the opportunity to teach students in the adult educational program, as well as being a content specialist in the ECE RAC program. She had returned to school to acquire new degrees herself a few years ago, therefore understanding the challenges that adult students are faced with. Although her career has brought her into a new direction, she remains true to her passion of early childhood education.

450-672-6046

djacques@champlaincollege.qc.ca

Nadia Radu - Content Specialist

Nadia graduated from the RAC program with a DEC in Early Childhood Education from Cégep Marie-Victorin in 2016. She is also a proud graduate of our very own RAC program here at Champlain with an AEC in ECE from 2013. She also holds a DEC in Professional Theatre from Dawson College from 2008. Her love of the field began when she started teaching theatre classes and workshops in daycares and elementary schools in Montreal and on the south shore. From there on, she has created and provided a number of various workshops for children of all ages, including English, French, dance, yoga and cooking. She has been a dedicated and active educator for nearly 10 years. Nadia knows firsthand the many obstacles of working and being a full-time student. She looks forward to lending her skill-set, experience and passion for childcare with you.

450-672-6046

nradu@champlaincollege.qc.ca

Rena Walters - Content Specialist

Rena Walters specializes in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the field for over 10 years. She has experience as a daycare educator, daycare director, and board member of a C.P.E. as well as an advocate for educators while she held the position of union representative. She has helped to develop the English documents for the AEP program for in school daycare educators for the Lester B Pearson school board. She is also a vocational education teacher for the AEP courses. She has also taught ECE courses at Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. She is currently an ECE RAC content specialist. Rena’s aim is to empower others by passing on vital information that will help them to succeed in the field of early childhood education, in so doing she hopes that they will feel motivated and inspired to perform their duties to the best of their capabilities. Rena looks forward to sharing her passion for the art of caring for children with you.

450-672-6046

rwalters@champlaincollege.qc.ca

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Testimonials

Tula Corber – Graduate

“This letter is to express my sincere gratitude to the wonderful and supportive content specialists (Jennifer, Kelly, Darlene, Rena, and Melissa) for challenging me to push myself harder than I would have.

I can’t thank you enough for the amazing opportunity of allowing me to be part of the RAC program.

As an educator, it has allowed me to observe my student’s development in ways I would have never dreamed.

This is all because of the understanding and support of the content specialists you have working for you.

They are incredible role models and the new students in the RAC program are lucky to have them (like I was).”

Nigel Einish – Graduate

“Hi, my name is Nigel Einish. Well, the RAC was valuable to me because we did a courses in our community, and it really helped me out a lot, and I really enjoyed the program because I didn’t have to leave. Because I have a full time job in my community, at school. It really worked well for me because I worked during the days, and at evenings that’s when I used to have sessions with the RAC, and sometimes during the days in the weekends, so it really helped me with my schedule. It fits really well with working full time and continuing education at the same time, so it’s really great.”

Catherine Hammock – Graduate

“When I registered for my RAC in ECE at Champlain College I was excited and petrified. After reading all of the competencies and what each one required I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to meet the challenge. I am happy to say, that I did meet the challenge and succeeded. I didn’t do it alone. Each content specialist that I worked with along the way was encouraging, kind and always there to answer my emails. I couldn’t have done it without any of them. I am particularly grateful for those specialists who made all of my telephone interviews go off without a hitch…or without me having heart failure! You made each evaluation comfortable and so well guided that I stayed on topic. Thank you all again for the wonderful experience. I highly recommend this RAC. What a great team of specialists you are.”

Myna Mameanskum – Graduate

“In my teenage years I never completed high school and I am very excited at the thought of having the opportunity to finish my education. I have over 14 years of experience working with children in the past and took training in other native communities. As a Daycare Director, I find it important to continuously challenge our knowledge. I am very happy that not only I but many of my workers have decided to follow this RAC ECE program. This will help make our Daycare an even better place for our community’s children.”

Agnès Nattawapio – Graduate

“We never finished training outside, we always prefer to be trained back home. We have families, we have to stay close to them and work, we have to stay at our jobs at the same time, we want to learn more.

Well, we’ve been taking this training back home in Kawawachikamach. For three years, there were many of us, the others they thought it was a long program, but mostly I’m a full time, I work full time in the school with the preschoolers, and during the evening we used to take training 2-3 times a week, the evening for 3 hours, and we used to receive some stuff from the RAC during what we had to learn, what we did, during the time , and RAC helped us a lot instead of going out – my people, some students, post-secondary students, they go outside to go to school, like mostly us, my other colleagues, we never finished training outside.

In my community everyone knows each other, we’re not that big community, 1000 people, we know each other, some were surprised that we were graduating, and they told us how did you graduate, why you going to graduate. We told them we’ve been studying at the school, sometimes other places in the community, the big places. Especially we studied mostly in the school. As of today I feel so blessed in being graduating from Early Childhood program as an educator.”

Acela Rodriguez Gonzalez – Graduate

“RAC gave the opportunity to meet outstanding people and learn from each other. The content specialists were very supportive and helpful all the time. Thanks to all the members of RAC office who were always ready to help us.”

Karima Tabet – Graduate

“RAC gave me the chance to discover competencies that I didn’t know I had.”

Nadia Touati – Graduate

“RAC helped enrich my knowledge and understanding in the field of childhood education while providing a multi-cultural learning environment.”

Jennyfer Turbide – Graduate

“The time I have spent in the RAC program was such a wonderful time. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people, and made great friends. The support from the content specialists goes beyond expectations. They are so helpful and kind. I am glad I have gotten my AEC in Early Childhood Education here it was the best decision I have ever made and I will recommend RAC to everyone I know.”

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