School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Early Childhood Education

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Get the skills you need to start a rewarding career working with young children.


There is an increased demand for early childhood educators. This activity-based program is taught using a holistic approach in which the stages of a child’s developmental growth as well as cognitive skills and socio-emotional development are emphasized.

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

The placement component of this program offers you hands-on, real-world experience.

Your Future Career

  • Full-day kindergarten programs
  • Educational settings as educational assistants
  • Resource programs
  • Childcare centres or home care

What You Learn

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

Additional Options

1 Year Intensive program option available to students who possess a Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology or Sociology

Students applying to this program must be able to demonstrate that they are capable of independently supervising and caring for the needs and of young children.

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

ECE 111 Child Development I
ECE 118 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE 120 Field Placement I - Introduction to Practice
ECE 145 Guidance and Regulation (Guidance of the Young Child)
HUM 100 Interpersonal Relations
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
CMM 125 College Communications I
ECE 125 Observation

Semester 2

ECE 110 Language and Literacy
ECE 156 Developmentally Appropriate Practices I: Infant Toddler (Curriculum)
ECE 115 Developmentally Appropriate Practices II: Preschool (Curriculum)
ECE 135 Child Development II
ECE 140 Field Placement II: Fundamentals of Practice
HUM 200 Group Dynamics
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 3

ECE 204 Children's Science and Math
ECE 222 Creative Arts
ECE 223 Field Placement III: Integration of Practice
ECE 227 Responsive Relationships (Parent Teacher Child)
ECE 255 Environmental Outdoor Education
ECE 235 Developmentally Appropriate Practices III: School Age (Curriculum)
ECE 245 Anti-bias Curriculum

Semester 4

ECE 212 Special Education
ECE 218 Administration
ECE 226 Community Advocacy
ECE 236 Kindergarten Curriculum
ECE 250 Children's Technology
ECE 228 Specialty Curriculum
ECE 265 Field Placement IV
GENED General Education Elective - Online
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.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139