IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.
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.
Three field placements in licensed community based child care facilities or JK/SK classrooms.
Specialized placements in Francophone or Aboriginal 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.
Graduates of this program can be part of an early learning and care team, responsible for supporting the growth of the whole child including thinking, learning, communication, social/emotional and physical development. Registered Early Childhood Educators design and provide curriculum that is based on the interests and the developmental level of each child.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.