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Online Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Course Code: ECED 1000
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This online course is intended for early childhood education practitioners with at least two years of experience who are preparing to earn credit toward an Early Childhood Education Diploma. Students may earn up to 75% of a credential based on assessment of their work/life learning. Students will work with an instructor within an on-line environment and will learn how to use various methods of communication to support their completion of a wide range of prior learning assessments.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Reflective self-assessment, linking theory to practice, critical thinking and problem solving are integral components of exemplary practice in the fields of early childhood education
  • Practitioners are required to communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of modalities that include technology
  • There are a large number of non-credentialed early childhood educator practitioners and a critical shortage of licensed practitioners in BC.  Many practitioners are looking to receive acknowledgement of their work/life learning which has resulted in prior learning assessment and recognition becoming a significant component of Early Childhood Education programs.

Methods of Instruction

Student self-directed, online learning, 1:1 instruction

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • On-line quizzes
  • Self-assessments
  • Reflective narratives
  • Case studies
  • Personal interviews
  • Demonstration by audio/video tape
  • Courses earned as a result of ECED 1000 prior learning assessment and recognition will be graded in the same way that courses are listed in the College Calendar.

ECED 1000 is a Mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Practice self–assessment of Early Childhood Education knowledge, attitudes, values and skills
    • Reflects on own knowledge, attitudes, values and skills
    • Links personal learning evidence to program themes and course learning outcomes
    • Identifies resources for feedback
    • Initiates learning objectives and plans to bridge gaps and improve abilities
    • Seeks out new learning resources and opportunities
  2. Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving across multiple contexts
    • Uses problem solving and critical thinking strategies to link learning to a variety of assessment situations
    • Problem solves issues as they arise, seeking assistance when necessary
  3. Communicate clearly in a variety of ways
    • Communicates clearly in–person and by distance (phone, online)
    • Writes clearly with sufficient depth and breadth, especially through online technologies
  4. Use a variety of computer related technologies effectively
    • Works comfortably in the WebCT online environment
    • Uses distance based communication such as e-mail, phone and web cameras

course prerequisites

Permission of ECE Faculty

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.