Early Childhood Education

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Field placement and volunteer opportunities that give you hands-on, real-world experience


Upcoming Intakes:

Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

Winter 2025: College Drive – North Bay

There is an increased demand for qualified early childhood educators. Get the skills you need to start a rewarding career working with young children. This activity-based program is taught using a holistic approach in which the stages of a child’s developmental growth are emphasized including cognitive skills and socio-emotional development.

Graduates of our program find careers working in partnership with teachers in kindergarten classrooms across Ontario, as well as other early learning environments.

Your Future Career

  • Full-day kindergarten programs
  • Educational settings as educational assistants
  • Resource programs
  • Specialty and early learning schools
  • Childcare centres or home care

What You Learn

  • Child development
  • Infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and school-aged curricula
  • Language and literacy development
  • Health, safety and nutrition
  • Special education
  • Outdoor/environmental learning course

Recognized by the College of Early Childhood Educators. Graduates may apply to become Registered Childhood Educators.

Additional Option: Early Childhood Education Intensive (accelerated):

Graduates of any Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts program can complete this hands-on, intensive program in one year. Expand your knowledge and skill-set working in real-world settings. Learn more

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communication
ECE111 Child Development I
ECE118 Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECE120 Introduction to Practice
ECE125 Observation
ECE145 Guidance & Self-Regulation
HUM100 Interpersonal Relations
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology

Semester 2

ECE110 Language & Literacy
ECE115 Supporting Preschool Children
ECE135 Child Development II
ECE140 Field Placement I
ECE156 Supporting Infants & Toddlers
GENED General Education Elective
HUM200 Group Dynamics

Semester 3

ECE204 Children's Science and Math
ECE222 Creative Arts
ECE223 Field Placement II
ECE227 Working With Diverse Families
ECE235 Supporting School Age Children
ECE245 Diversity & Inclusion
ECE255 Outdoor Education

Semester 4

ECE212 Special Education
ECE218 Administration in Early Learning Settings
ECE226 Advocacy in Early Childhood
ECE228 Specialty Curriculum
ECE229 Well-Being for Educators
ECE236 Kindergarten Environments
ECE265 Field Placement III
GENED General Education Elective

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1362.5 - - $4082.74
2 $2720.24 $1200.5 - - $3920.74

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $15547.54 $1942.5 - - $17490.04
2 $15547.54 $1780.5 - - $17382.04

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

Canadore @ Stanford – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
2 $15547.5 $1259 - - $16806.5

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit https://www.canadorecollege.ca/BYOD

You will also need:

  • First Aid / CPR - apx. $80.00 (recommended)
  • Health-related Immunizations – Cost will Vary
  • Clearance Card - apx. $35.00
  • Name tag (from the Campus Shop) - apx. $10.00

    Required for placement:

    • Canadian Criminal Record Check with Vulnterable Sector Screening - apx. $40.00 - $60.00
      • Fingerprinting may be required at an additional cost
    • Complete outdoor winter clothing and indoor running shoes (costs vary)

    Ontario College Diploma

    Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

    View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

    View course outlines

    There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

    Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

    Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

    Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.