Early Childhood Education

Program Description

Credential Earned: 2-year Ontario College Diploma

Delivery: Full Time

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s) are professionals who are part of a multidisciplinary team that may include behavioural therapists, speech pathologists, consultants, parents and school representatives. They assist children to make a successful transition to, and integration into the school system. In addition to working with infants and children up to 12 years old, Early Childhood Educators will also be part of a team and expected to work in a professional and competent manner with staff, parents, and community members. Graduates require good communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as sound judgment.

Besides planning and conducting the regular routines of the day, students will have the opportunity to observe children to determine their present skill level in each developmental area. Students will research, plan, carry out and evaluate a full range of program and curriculum activities designed to help each child reach his/her full developmental potential. A distinct feature of the program is the opportunity it offers students to gain practical work experience in a variety of settings: day care centres, nursery schools, parent resource centres, toy-lending libraries, junior and senior kindergartens, and before- and after-school programs throughout the community.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Educators/ECE’s may find employment in daycare centres, nursery schools, agencies or recreation departments, toy-lending libraries, college day care labs, friendship centres, Ontario Early Years Centres, family resource centres, early learning literacy programs, hospital play rooms and Full-day early learning programs in JK/SK classrooms.

English Requirement
IELTS: Overall score of 6.5 must be achieved for Early Childhood Education program, no band less than 6.0.

Start Date

January, May, September

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee for international students is $16485/year including ancillary fees and medical insurance.
Total number of in-class subjects for 4 semesters is 22 which condensed into the first 3 semesters in order to make the semester 4th term only for fieldwork placement.
From May 2024, tuition fee for international students is $16898/year including ancillary fees and medical insurance.

Tuition fees as stated are subject to change for each academic year.

Semester 1

  • CM1913 Communications I – Model B
  • EC1073 Outdoor and Nature Play
  • EC1083 Child Development
  • EC1093 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EC1103 Observation/Documentation
  • EC2023 Pre-School Environment
  • EC4033 Infant Toddler Environment
Semester 2

  • CM2913 Communications II – Model B
  • EC1053 School Age Environment
  • EC1063 Kindergarten Curriculum
  • EC2003 Creative Teaching Strategies
  • EC2013 Creative Arts Workshop
  • EC2073 Child Guidance
  • EC2103 Preparation for Placement
Semester 3

  • AA2063 Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • DS4063 Health and Nutrition
  • EC2033 Working with Diversity
  • EC2083 Children with Exceptionalities
  • EC4016 Child Care Administration
  • SW3113 Working with Diverse Families
  • SW3133 Addiction and Mental Health
  • GN1443 Canadian Indigenous History & Relations
Semester 4

  • EC4003 Fieldwork Placement (600 HOURS = 15 Weeks x 40 HOURS/Week)
  • EC4061 ECE Fieldwork Seminar (1 day/month)