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 field work 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.

YEAR 1

Term 1 

  • Working with Infants and Toddlers
  • Essential Communication Skills for Community Services
  • Foundations of ECE - I
  • Arts and Science I
  • Child Development
  • Field Placement I 

Term 2 

  • Diversity in the Early Years
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Working with School-Age Children
  • Foundations of ECE - II
  • Field Placement II 

YEAR 2

Term 1 

  • Stress and Resiliency
  • Arts and Science II
  • Child Abuse and Family Violence
  • Field Placement III 
  • Naturalistic Observation Research Methods

Term 2 

  • Program Administration
  • Working with Families
  • Child Health and Well-Being
  • Field Placement IV 
  • Entry to Practice
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.
Career Paths: 
  • Childcare centres
  • Boards of education full-day early learning programs
  • Extended day programs for school-aged children
  • Family and Children’s agencies
  • Community pre-school programs
  • Family resource programs/Ontario Early Years Centres
  • Home childcare
  • Camps and hospital playrooms

There is also the opportunity for advanced standing in domestic and international programs (ie. Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Brock University, Bachelor of Education at Griffith University Australia).