Gain a better understanding of our various Education DECs and a clearer picture of the differences between them

What are the main differences between the DEC in Early Childhood Education and the DEC in Special Care Counselling at LaSalle College, and what are the job prospects?
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With March 1st fast approaching, it is finally time to choose your college program, and you may be wondering about the many options available to you. Fortunately, we are here to guide you and help you make an informed decision.

DEC in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education progam is designed for you if you are a person full of energy and creativity, if you are pedagogue and patient, and if you love kids. Whether it is in a CPE, in a daycare, or in a school childcare facility, you’ll be able to work with children from 0 to 12 years of age and will be able to meet their physical, emotional and psychological needs.

At the end of your training, you will obtain a certification that conforms with Ministry of Family standards. In addition, you’ll have everything you need to open your own center or a daycare in your home, if that is what you wish!

Here are a few of the courses in your program:

  • Childhood development
  • Art and Creativity in Early Childcare Centers
  • Educational Program for Early Childcare Centers
  • Planning activities
  • Observing Children's Behaviour
  • Child's Family Life and Social Environment
  • Challenging Behaviors in children
  • Nutrition for Children
  • Etc.

p.s. You'll have the opportunity to hone you skills in our Observation room or at the LaSalle des Petits daycare, as soon as your first year. They have access to the department’s game library where they can borrow toys and games.

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DEC in Special Care Counselling

The Special Care Counselling program is meant for you if you are known for being empathetic, affectionate towards others and attentive to others’ needs. You’ll receive training focused on helping relationships, as well as the support individuals and groups of all ages need to face behavior, development or school adaptation challenges.

This program trains people to appropriately work with a range of clients having difficulties adapting or fitting in socially, whether it is in learning and rehabilitation centers, schools, youth homes, community organizations, teaching hospitals, detox centers, and many others.

Along the way, here are some of the concepts you will study:

  • Assistance to Clienteles and Professional Integrity
  • Communication Skills
  • Human Development Psychology
  • Therapeutic Process
  • Helping Relationship
  • Learning Disabilities, Adaptation and Family Systems Approach
  • Community Resources
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Etc.

p.s. At LaSalle College, we focus on specializing by clientele. You will have the necessary tools to work with a range of different clients.

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Good to know...

You are still hesitating between these two programs that have the development and the well-being of others at heart? You can always consult our infographic that clearly differentiates the tasks, the required qualities and the workplaces of each profession. You can also take this fun quiz (in French only), courtesy of Academos!

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