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This position is open until filled with careful consideration if applying before November 24, 2023 .

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Position Title
Early Learning Child Care Instructor(s) – Part-time

Faculty/Instructor Profile
Faculty at Red Deer Polytechnic:
  • Are passionate about teaching, learning, and student success.
  • Pursue professional learning to continually enhance their practice and their discipline.
  • Are recognized for their contributions to both local and global communities.

Role Description
As Red Deer Polytechnic’s future takes shape, growing our breadth of credentials (to include our own degrees) and programs, our institution has high expectations of our amazing faculty. But we do recognize that new hires may not have all the skills and experiences when applying. We want you to know that there is some flexibility to develop your talents over time. The initial focus for new faculty will be on teaching and student success with lots of opportunity for professional development, growth and collaboration. Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) is committed to all faculty acquiring the identified Key Attributes over time.
The faculty member combines discipline expertise with evidence based teaching to facilitate effective and varied learning experiences.
Student Success
The faculty member encourages student success in an engaging, supportive environment by being responsive to student needs and ideas.
Professional Development
The faculty member engages in the continuous pursuit of knowledge to maintain currency in their discipline and their teaching practice.
Research, Scholarly and Creative Pursuits
The faculty member has the opportunity to pursue impactful scholarly and creative activities and disseminates knowledge that advances the discipline, enhances the reputation of Red Deer Polytechnic, and improves communities.
Community Contributions
The faculty member values engagement, contributing knowledge and their own expertise to the betterment of Red Deer Polytechnic and local communities, as well as discipline-based, national, and global communities.

For More Information: Faculty Profile

Position Responsibilities
We are seeking a pool of Part Time On-Campus Instructors for Early Learning Childcare Certificate and Diploma courses for future terms.

Course start and end dates as well as instructional times are dependent on assigned workload.
Please indicate on supplemental question which courses you are interested in teaching from the following list.

Early Learning Child Care (ELCC) On-Campus course assignments may include any of the following:
  • ELCC201 – Foundations ofELCC
    • Introduction to the characteristics and roles of Early Learning and Child Care professionals in various program settings. Emphasis on regulations and current issues on quality childcare as well as health, nutrition, and safety information and implications for practice. Antibias curriculum, relationships with families, and child maltreatment are explored.
  • ELCC211 – Child Development
    • Focus on human development and learning essential to working with children (ages 0-12). Apply theory to educational practice to provide appropriate learning opportunities that support diverse children’s educational, physical, cognitive, social, cultural, moral, and psychological development. Observe and document child development.
  • ELCC212 – Play and Documentation
    • Introductory planning course for ages 0-12 years focusing on play theories and issues across all program types. Emphasis on time, materials, and the role of play in children’s learning, care, and development. Observation and documentation skills to support emergent planning.
  • ELCC213 – Interpersonal Relations
    • An introduction to self-understanding and self acceptance as the basis of a professional’s ability to understand and value others. Gain knowledge of how communication strategies and skills influence practice.
  • ELCC215 – Literacies and Dramatic Play
    • A focus on emergent literacy and dramatic play. Identification of quality literature and fostering language development in children. Planning and providing dramatic play experiences and story sharing strategies.
  • ELCC217 – Guiding Behavior
    • Practical information and application of appropriate guidance strategies to help develop children’s social emotional behavior. Develop collaborative relationships with families.
  • ELCC218 – Responsive Experiences
    • Planning for a variety of responsive play experiences including construction, manipulatives, physical play, music, and outdoor play.
  • ELCC210 – Practicum 1
    • This practicum provides students with the opportunity to interact in an early learning setting while practicing and developing observational skills. Students demonstrate professional attitudes and dispositions through the integration of course theories into practice, capturing this integration in their documentation.
  • ELCC220 – Practicum 2
    • This practicum provides students with the opportunity to interact in an early learning setting emphasizing programming for and responding to children based on observations of children’s needs and interests. Students demonstrate how foundational knowledge informs their daily practice, capturing this bridging in their documentation.
  • ELCC305 – School-Age Care
    • Focus on children ages six through 12 years. Regulations and administration of school age care programs while providing quality experiences that are responsive to learning, play, care, and development. Comprehensive program planning for middle childhood.
  • ELCC321 Family Studies
    • Focus on the family as a social system and the influence of family on a child. Various family forms, and the specific organization, functions, dynamics, and influences on individual family members are discussed. Specific attention is given to the intersection of family experiences and stressors.
  • ELCC323 – ResponsiveSTEMEnvironments
    • Exploring early learning and care philosophies and frameworks. Planning for holistic, responsive environments with a focus on math, science and numeracy. Strategies for family and community involvement and partnerships. Skills for assessing programs and pedagogical documentation are expanded.
  • ELCC317 Creative Play Perspectives
    • Expanding experiences in creativity, the arts, music, and creative movement in early childhood. Examination of emergent literacy approaches and the qualities of responsive environments as learning, care, play, and development are considered.

Required Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, equivalent, or a related degree
  • A minimum of five (5) years of full-time experience working in a variety of early childhood program environments for children (birth through age 5), such as a daycare, preschool, or school aged care
  • Experience teaching and/or mentoring adults in group settings
  • Experience teaching adults in in classrooms and online environments
  • Willing to travel to the Red Deer Polytechnic campus
  • Demonstrated awareness and knowledge of the of the document: Flight – Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in related field
  • Post-secondary teaching experience
  • Familiarity using Blackboard with course instruction

Salary or Hourly?

Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits and Compensation Information
Part-time instructors receive an additional 14% of the gross salary in lieu of benefits and vacation pay.

About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.
Red Deer Polytechnic is guided by the foundational statements in our 2022-2027 Strategic Transformation Plan:
Our purpose is simple: To inspire, educate, and mentor our community of learners. We collaborate to provide diverse experiential learning opportunities for our highly skilled learners. We empower innovators and creators for impact. Our growth will be realized through quality of life and the reciprocal benefits for our stakeholders.
Our vision is to be a resourceful polytechnic, unbound by tradition. We are bold. We are resilient. We are more than applied. We will lead the transformation of post-secondary education by becoming more innovative, entrepreneurial, and sustainable with people at our core. Red Deer Polytechnic must be the best choice for our learners, our clients, our employees, and our communities, resulting in growth and readiness for the future.
Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.
Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.

Posting Detail Information
Competition Number

Faculty Employment Type
Term-Certain Part-Time

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if term-certain)


Hours of Work
Hours of work vary, depending on the class schedule.

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please contact Peopleandculture@rdpolytech.ca. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Special Instructions to Applicants
This position is open until filled with careful consideration if applying before November 24, 2023 .

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
Optional Documents
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Deadline: 20-12-2023

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