Campus:South Campus - Windsor
(B101)Thames Campus - Chatham
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
519-354-9714 ext. 3252
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
Graduates of this program can be part of the child care team supporting young children 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.
This program will appeal to students with a strong love for children and a highly developed work ethic. They must be tolerant and understanding, with a great deal of patience and physical stamina. 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.
- Opportunity for further learning experiences through co-ordination with the Learning Commons office assisting in tutoring, test writing and physical accommodations
- Three field placements in licensed community based child care facilities or JK/SK classrooms
- 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
Early Childhood Educators work with young children and their families. They are responsible to plan and deliver learning and care for young children in programs that are inclusive and play-based. Positions are available in community and municipal OEYC (Ontario Early Years Centres) based child care, corporate child care centres and in-home care. There are also positions available in Boards of Education as Registered Early Childhood Educators in full day Kindergarten classes as well as international opportunities for nannies or child care providers on cruise ships.
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.
In the event of a shortage of placements or internship sites, you may be required to perform your placement or internship duties on off hours, which may include evenings and weekends.
NOTE: Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Certification must be obtained PRIOR to Field Placements.
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.
ECE graduates are eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the Child and Youth Worker or the Developmental Service Worker programs and take an “accelerated” one year program to earn their CYW or DSW diploma. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.
Fees are subject to adjustment each year. The fees for the current academic year are as follows:
Total 1st Year Tuition and Compulsory Fees: $3,479.37 (Windsor)
For textbook prices see the Bookstore website
For a breakdown of tuition and other compulsory fees for Canadian, U.S. and International students, see Tuition & Fees
Observation of Young Children
Creating Curriculum with Young Children 1
Introduction to Early Childhood
Positive Child Guidance
Preschool Development and Best Practices
Curriculum Methods: Literacy & Movement
Field Placement I
Anti-Oppression in Canadian Society
Professionalism & Working with Families
Infant/Toddler Development & Best Practices
Preparation for Field Placement I
Foundations of Academic Writing I
Health, Nutrition and Safety
Development of Children with Diverse Abilities
Preparation for Field Placement II
Field Placement II
School-Age Development & Best Practices
General Education Elective
Inclusion of Children with Diverse Abilities
Issues and Administration
Field Placement III
Preparation for Field Placement III
Relationships & Family Dynamics