Stenberg College (Surrey)
A course in Early childhood education at Stenberg College, Canada
Canada is renowned for its colleges which offer exceptional programs related to my field of interest. I had applied online and had been guided through the entire process by the adviser from the admissions department. I had submitted my official transcripts and a short essay. I had also undergone a background check and criminal records verification. the application fee for the online submission was around $200.
As our program entailed working with little children in the very beginning of the formative years of their lives, a lot of attention to detail was paid and we learnt a great deal on child psychology and behaviour, how to teach children through playing and teaching them to develop their motor skills, etc. It was an extremely rewarding 46 weeks we had spent at this college and at the end of the program, we had attended 8 weeks of practical classes.
I was eligible to apply for this program as I had completed high school. However, I had to appear for the Stenberg College entrance examination for this particular program and had also appeared for the Stenberg College entrance informational interview. Besides these, I had to give evidence of having successfully completed 50 hours of volunteer work with children within the age group of 3-5 years and I also provided my IELTS test score of 6.5 overall.
My expenditure for tuition fees and other related costs such a books and supplies amounted to around $15,000 for the entire program and I had also paid around $250 as assessment fees. Scholarships, bursaries and student loans were open to international students too.
Our college did not have on campus housing facilities. However our college helped us immensely in listing out the best local homestay agencies for us. One such agency helped me to find an English speaking host family who were very warm and welcoming.
Our course had concluded with an 8 week practicum session where we were actually imparting early childhood education to toddlers in local playschools and nurseries under the expert guidance of our teachers. Our course is a very promising one where the minimum starting wages is around $19 per hour. Our college also coached us on life skills and gave us advice on our careers.
Various departments of the college such as nursing, education and others host lots of practical sessions for the benefit of the students all year round.
Monthly Expense : $1500 - $2500