Duration: 5 to 12 months*
*Varies according to each candidate's experience and availability.
Schedules can also be customized to meet each candidate’s needs.
Applicants seeking RAC services for Early Childhood Education (ECE) generally have significant working experience in the field of early childhood education. Through their work experience these individuals have acquired solid competencies and are now seeking formal recognition in order to become certified educators, advance in their career, gain a promotion, find employment, or simply to be formally recognized.
Often applicants work or have been working in positions such as:
early childhood educator • assistant educator • home daycare provider • after-school educator • preschool teacher • nursery school teacher • elementary school teacher (List based on the NOC 2011.)
Champlain’s RAC services can help applicants obtain an AEC (Attestation d’études collégiales) by assessing their current competencies, and providing them with training for the ones they are lacking.
ECE also features both part-time and full-time schedules. For more information, please refer to the information booklet.
The Early Childhood Education AEC (JEE.0K) is made of 14 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: Coming Soon – 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
1. Attend the Info Session
If you believe that you have skills and knowledge that are comparable to those listed in the competencies of one of the programs for which RAC services are offered at Champlain, please sign-up for an info-session to find out if RAC is the right option for you.
In our sign-up form, you may also choose to request a personalized assessment of your CV. One of our RAC advisors will then help you determine if the RAC process is right for you.
2. Apply to be Admitted to the College
After attending the info session, you will need to officially register as a candidate with the College and bring the necessary documents for your admission to the RAC process. A list of required documents is available on each service’s page, in the “Preparing your Application” section.
3. Apply to be Admitted to the RAC Process
Once admitted to the College, a RAC Advisor will review your file and analyze all your documents. If your experience is considered sufficient, your application for RAC will be accepted. Afterwards, you will be contacted by a RAC Advisor who will request that you complete the self-assessment forms.
4. Attend a Validation Interview
Once you have completed the self-assessment forms, a content specialist will review your forms. Afterwards, you will be asked to attend a validation interview during which the content specialist will review the self-assessment forms with you. During this interview, the specialist will make recommendations for each competency (ex: evaluation, partial training, attend a complete course).
5. Evaluation and Training
For your evaluations, you will be required to provide proof of your skills and knowledge (certificates, job description, employer letter, video, etc.) for each program competency. You will also need to complete evaluation activities or participate in an interview to earn recognition for the competencies.For the partial training, you will have the option to:
- Attend one of our seminars on a specific topic;
- Consult our free online resources;
- Attend group activities;
- Receive one-on-one training from one of our experts.
You will also have access to the College’s RAC website and to availability time of a content specialist. Upon request, you may also receive small group or individual training.
Once you have successfully completed all of the evaluations, you will receive your AEC or DEC.
How to Apply
If you’ve decided that the RAC process is right for you, here are the steps you need to take to apply.
1. Attend Information Session
The first step is to attend an information session about the RAC service that interests you. This can help you learn more about the RAC process, which will help you decide if it is right for you.
In our sign-up form, you may also choose to request a personalized assessment of your CV. One of our RAC advisors will then help you determine if the RAC process is right for you.
2. Admission to RAC
Complete your admissions exams
Before filling out an application form to register, all interested applicants must take a 30 minute English Linguistic Assessment. Many of the competencies require a certain level of comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills, so this exam assesses whether you would be able to successfully complete the evaluations or whether you would require more English language courses before re-applying.
- Linguistic Exams - English
To be admitted to the RAC services for ECE, you will have undergo a 30-minute English Linguistic Assessment to demonstrate that you possess the minimal linguistic skills required to complete evaluations in English.
If you do not meet the minimum linguistic requirements, we will make recommendations as to what you can do to improve your linguistic skills before reapplying.
The exam consist of two parts.
Part 1: You are given a one page text and then asked 5 vocabulary questions and 5 comprehension questions (multiple choice).
Part 2: You are asked to write a short 2 paragraph composition (about 100 words) on a topic related to the Early Childhood Education profession.
Submit your application documents
Once you have decided to apply to the RAC service, you will need to submit your application documents. For a list of the required documents, please consult this checklist.
Complete your Self-Description Form
After completing the linguistic assessment and submitting your application, your file will be assessed. If it is determined that you have enough experience for RAC, you will then be sent an e-mail that includes a Self-Assessment form. The Self-Assessment form will help you to assess your skill level for the service, and it must be completed before proceeding. Once you have completed the form, send it back by following the directions outlined in the e-mail.
3. Attend Validation Interview
Once you have returned your Self-Assessment form, a Content Specialist will contact you to schedule a Validation Interview. During the Validation Interview the Content Specialist will ask you a number of questions about the same topics you saw in your Self-Assessment form. The Validation Interview will help the Content Specialist identify your strengths and weaknesses in the field. The Content Specialist will then decide if your background is strong enough to admit you to the RAC process.
*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
- Attend integration to the Quebec workforce seminars
- Consult the online resources
- Participate in job preparation activities
- Participate in expert-led group activities
- Book an appointment with an Advisor to prepare your Individual Evaluation Plan
- Book an appointment with a content specialist to receive individual tutoring
Services for new immigrants
The RAC for immigrants program was specifically designed for immigrants, and its objective is to help candidates gain official Canadian recognition of their competencies. It also allows immigrants to benefit from seminars that will help in their integration into the Quebec workforce.
Difficulties Immigrants Face
- Lack of knowledge of Quebec’s institutions and of the Quebec way of doing business
- Lack of knowledge of Quebec laws and regulations in their field
- Linguistic difficulties (in French or/and in English)
- No Canadian diploma
- No Canadian experience
Characteristics of the Curriculum Specifically Adapted to Immigrants
- Each week, the candidates receive additional communication classes in French and in English. During these classes, the candidates practice the vocabulary related to the subject discussed in the seminar of that particular week.
- Each week, the candidates attend seminars that have been specifically prepared for immigrant candidates and they have classroom activities periods under the guidance of a specialist. The seminars cover the competencies required to obtain the AEC (Attestation d’Études Collégiales) they are seeking recognition for.
- The candidates attend specialized seminars on the integration to Quebec society and Quebec workforce. Some of the subjects discussed are:
- Quebec institutions and business organizations
- The integration process
- Perception and non-verbal communication
- Workplace relationships in Quebec
- Know how to promote yourself in Quebec
- The importance of networking in Quebec
- The candidates also benefit from employment search seminars and activities during which they receive help with their Curriculum Vitae writing and cover letter writing, practice for job interviews, and get job search tips.
Measures for success
- The evaluations are done on-site, during the week, and in the presence of a content specialist. Several of the evaluations have an individual interview with a content specialist component.
- The candidates receive a complete evaluation of their linguistic progress in French and English at the beginning and at the end of the program.
- Free blocks are built-in the schedule so that the candidates who need it may request individual tutoring time with a content specialist.
- 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 - Candidate
"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."
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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Melissa Cruchon - Content Specialist
Melissa has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Elementary Education from Bishop’s University and a Masters Degree in Child Studies from Concordia University. She has been teaching at the elementary school level since 2001 where she teaches in both English and French. She has been working for the Continuing Education Department of Champlain College since 2008. If you ever cross her path, you’ll see that Melissa’s true passion is Child Development and she spends all free time researching and studying it in order to share her great discoveries with you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kelly Ryan - Content Specialist
Kelly is a content specialist for the RAC program as well as a teacher of early childhood courses for the adult sector. Having worked in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years, Kelly has gained valuable experience as a pre-school teacher, daycare educator and elementary school teacher. Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Studies in 1990, Kelly returned to university to acquire her teaching degree in 1998 at Concordia University. She later went on to study at McGill University in Educational Leadership. Fond of teaching and learning, Kelly hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with you.
- 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.
- Irena Wisniowski - Content Specialist
Irena has been active in the early childhood field for over 30 years. During that time, she worked with several inclusive early childhood care centers and schools, spoke at conferences, and presented at workshop events. In addition to working with the RAC team, Irena works as an Integration Consultant with child care centre staff, families and their children who have special needs (intellectual, developmental delays and/or autism).
When it comes to education, Irena started out by studying early childhood care at Vanier College, and has since obtained a Special Care Counselling AEC from Champlain’s RAC services. Since she’s a RAC graduate herself, she fully understands the many opportunities that the RAC services present, and can advise others in how to best approach the process.
Irena is a strong believer in the need for early stimulation and intervention, and is eager to assist RAC ECE candidates in adopting the right techniques to provide a safe, caring, and learning atmosphere for all children. She’s also looking forward to helping candidates thrive in their chosen field of work.
- How many years of work experience do I need to be admitted?
There is no set number of years of experience required to be admitted to the RAC process. What counts is what you know, not how you’ve acquired it nor how long it took you to acquire it. When considering an application, we analyze your overall experience: we consider any significant experience you may have had in the field, your education and training, and your life experience.
- Does my volunteer work count as work experience?
Yes. For the RAC process, it is not important where or how you’ve acquired your competencies: work experience, volunteer work, self-study, non-formal training, mentorship, volunteer activities and hobbies are all considered as long as you can prove that you have performed them.
- Do I need a high school degree to be admitted to the RAC process?
No. Some people who have not completed high school may be admissible to the RAC process. If you have not completed high school, but have significant experience in a field of study linked to one of our AECs or DECs, contact one of our advisors to see if you could be eligible for the RAC process.
- Do I need to have an evaluation comparative from the MIDI (Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion) in order to be admissible to RAC?
No. A RAC Advisor will analyze your file and let you know whether your evaluation comparative will be required or not.
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