Early Childhood Education
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  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Graduates of this program can be part of the licensed child care team supporting young children in infant, toddler, preschool or school age classrooms in developing thinking, learning, communication, physical, social and emotional skills. Registered Early Childhood Educators design and provide curriculum that is based on the interests and the developmental level of each child. Practitioners in the field of Early Childhood Education work closely not only with children, but also with families and other professionals, so excellent communication and social interaction skills are also required.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Placements can be completed in a variety of places and locations.Placements within a variety of settings such as Francophone or Aboriginal settings and also extended hours settings.
  • Graduates are able to apply for certification to the Association for Early Childhood Education Ontario.
  • Graduates must register with the College of Early Childhood Educators to practice in the profession.
  • Registered ECE professionals design and provide curriculum that is based on the interests and development level of each child.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Positions are available in community based child care; Ontario Early Years and Family Centres, and in-home care. There are also positions available in Boards of Education as Registered Early Childhood Educators in Kindergarten classes as well as international opportunities for working with young children.

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance by mid September, you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.

Placements will be completed at a variety of locations, and may include day, afternoon, evening, weekend or split shifts.

NOTE: Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Certification must be obtained PRIOR to Field Placements.

The dress code for field placement is business casual. Students are expected to purchase supplies and in the design of developmentally appropriate activities and should expect to incur these additional costs.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization prior to program entry.
Medical Requirement Forms

Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of clinical placement and therefore may delay and/or prevent completion of the prescribed program.

TRANSFER AGREEMENT
ECE graduates are eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the Child and Youth Care or the Developmental Service Worker programs and take an “accelerated” one year program to earn their CYC or DSW diploma. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2017-2018 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
ECE114
3
Creating Curriculum with Young Children 1
ECE117
3
Introduction to Early Childhood
ECE133
3
Observation of Young Children
ECE120
3
Positive Child Guidance
ECE122
3
Preschool Development and Best Practices
SSC160
3
Basic Psychology


Semester 2
ECE205G
3
Anti-Oppression in Canadian Society
ECE211
3
Curriculum Methods: Literacy & Movement
ECE229
9
Field Placement I
ECE420
3
Professionalism & Working with Families
ECE314
3

Infant/Toddler Development & Best Practices
ECE213
1
Preparation for Field Placement I
FAW100
3
Foundations of Academic Writing I

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
ECE303
2
Health, Nutrition and Safety
ECE308
2

Development of Children with Diverse Abilities
ECE313
1
Preparation for Field Placement II
ECE329
9
Field Placement II
ECE419
3
School-Age Development & Best Practices
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective

Semester 4
ECE403
2
Emergent Curriculum
ECE421
2
Inclusion of Children with Diverse Abilities
ECE413
1
Preparation for Field Placement III
ECE414
2
Issues and Administration
ECE429
9
Field Placement III
ECE203G
3
Relationships & Family Dynamics