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Early Childhood Education

Campus:

South Campus - Windsor (B101)
Thames Campus - Chatham (K240)

Program Length:
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma

Starts:
September

Contact:
Windsor
Angela Passador
(519) 972-2727, ext. 4541
apassador@stclaircollege.ca
Chatham
Brenda Huff
(519) 354-9714, ext. 3252
bhuff@stclaircollege.ca

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.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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. 

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.

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.

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

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 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
YOUR INVESTMENT
Fees are subject to adjustment each year. The standard tuition and compulsory fees for 2013 are as follows:

Total 1st Year Tuition and Compulsory Fees

$3,460.75 (Windsor)
$3,410.75 (Chatham)

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.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
ECE133
3
Observation of Young Children
ECE114
3

Creating Curriculum with Young
Children 1
ECE117
3
Introduction to Early Childhood
ECE120
3
Positive Child Guidance
ECE122
3

Preschool Development
and Best Practices
SSC160
3
Basic Psychology

Semester 2
ECE211
3

Curriculum Methods: Literacy and Movement
ECE229
9
Field Placement I
ECE205G
3

Anti-Oppression in Canadian
Society
ECE420
3

Professionalism & Working with Families
ECE314
3

Infant/Toddler Development and 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 and Best Practices
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective


Semester 4
ECE403
2
Emergent Curriculum
ECE421
2

Inclusion of Children with Diverse Abilities
ECE414
2
Issues and Administration
ECE429
9
Field Placement III
ECE413
1

Preparation for
Field Placement III
ECE203G
3

Relationships & Family Dynamics


Last updated 10/23/2013