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Early Childhood Education (0106)

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Program Description

If you want to make a difference in the future of our children and communities then becoming an Early Childhood Educator may be for you.  You will have an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a child and participate in a very hands-on learning experience which includes at least 600 hours of fieldwork experience.  This is woven throughout the program to provide optimal learning opportunities. Upon completion of this program, you will meet the requirements for employment with school boards as part of the provincial government’s full-day early learning programs.

Program of Study


Term 1 (Fall 2024)

  • Essential Communication Skills for Community Services (COMM1140)
  • Working with Infants and Toddlers (EDUC1130)
  • Arts and Science I (EDUC1131)
  • Foundations of ECE - I (EDUC1133)
  • Child Development (HDEV1123)
  • Field Placement I

Term 2 (Winter 2025)

  • Diversity in the Early Years (EDUC1216)
  • Foundations of ECE - II (EDUC1233)
  • Stress and Resiliency (EDUC1326)
  • Introductory Psychology (PSYC1100)
  • Field Placement II 


Term 3 (Fall 2025)

  • Arts and Science II (EDUC 1330)
  • Naturalistic Observation Research Methods (EDUC 1331)
  • Working with School-Age Children (EDUC 1232)
  • Child Abuse and Family Violence (SOCL1328)
  • Field Placement III - Early Childhood Education (PRAC 1306)

Term 4 (Winter 2026)

  • Entry to Practice (EDUC 1327)
  • Program Administration (EDUC1432)
  • Working with Families (EDUC1433)
  • Child Health and Well-Being (HDEV1434)
  • Field Placement IV - Early Childhood Education (PRAC1407)
Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including:
    • Grade 12 (C) or (U) or equivalent English 
  • Students may also register as Mature Students
  • Additional requirements – immunizations, criminal reference check (CRC), a submitted confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form, and a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR level C) and Standard First Aid certification.

Tuition/Fees: 1st Year Fees Total $4,900.88 * Based on 2023/2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Career Paths
  • Board of education full-day early learning program
  • Camp or hospital playroom
  • Childcare centre
  • Community pre-school program
  • Extended day programs for school-aged children
  • Family and children’s agency
  • Family resource programs/Ontario Early Years Centre
  • Home childcare

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Accrediting Institution
Niagara College
Program Length
2 Academic Years
Next Program Intake
September 2024
Brantford Campus
Credential Type
Ontario College Diploma


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3S 7P5

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