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I love this program because I got so many hands-on opportunities in our field placements.

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Early Childhood Education
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My favourite part about the program was all the welcoming staff and the three placement opportunities we had throughout our program. 

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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Early Childhood Education

Quality early childhood education (ECE) is critical in preparing children for future learning. As an early childhood educator, you will have an integral role in promoting children’s development from birth to age 12 within the five domains including; cognitive, social, emotional, language and physical. In the ECE program you will engage in theoretical studies along with practical applications. Moreover, professional practice and ethics guide you in working with families, understanding pedagogy and fostering belonging and well-being in children.

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Program Description

This program will prepare you to meet the diverse needs of the early childhood education profession. You will acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in children from infancy to age 12.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 60 per cent)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (recommended)


If you begin classes in January, you will complete semesters 1 and 2 (Year 1) from January to August and semesters 3 and 4 (Year 2) from January to August. 


To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options


  • Early childhood educator
  • Early childhood educator assistant
  • Early learning and care supervisor
  • Montessori teacher
  • Nanny
  • Nursery school teacher


  • Childcare centres
  • Ontario Early Years
  • Municipalities - parent child drop in programs (arts and fitness)
  • Montessori schools
  • Private home childcare settings
  • School boards (full-day kindergarten classroom)
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$3,991$14,163

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by three field placements chosen from a variety of early learning settings that serve young children and their families.

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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information, please visit the post-admission communications assessment website at

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  • code: ECE
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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