Early Childhood Education

Ontario College Diploma | Code: 0003

Please note:

This program will be offered at Conestoga's Brantford campus starting January, 2019.

About the program

This two-year diploma program prepares students for professional practice in the field of early learning and child care. Through interactive classroom learning and integrative field placement experiences, students will develop skills that will enable them to work in collaboration with families, colleagues and communities for the purpose of designing, implementing and evaluating inclusive play-based early learning programs. Building on a thorough understanding of child development and principles of responsive practice, students will work in partnership with college-operated child development centres, kindergarten classrooms, licensed early learning and care programs and community agencies in order to integrate classroom theory and practice in meaningful and engaging ways.
Conestoga also offers a degree program related to the early childhood field.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements

Program requirements

  • Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
    • A complete immunization record including MMR and Tdap. Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended during flu season (October - March).
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 1-step (completed within 1 year of your program start date).
    • Standard First Aid and CPR - Level C
    • A Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
  • Students entering the ECE program are expected to have behaviours imperative for the ECE field: self-reflection, responsibility, honesty, integrity, punctuality, strong written, oral and non-verbal communication skills, solid problem-solving abilities, and a sincere commitment to learning and the ECE profession.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this program meet the academic requirements for registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario qualifying them for employment as Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) in licensed child care settings and other community programs serving young children and families and as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) in full-day kindergarten classrooms in Ontario.

On average, 95% of graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Plan curriculum that is based on a thorough understanding of child development.
  • Plan and implement individual programs and curriculum to meet the developmental needs of children.
  • Utilize a variety of observation techniques to enhance work with children, families, and co-workers.
  • Maintain responsive relationships with individual children and groups of children.
  • Establish and maintain safe and healthy environments which meet the requirements of current legislation, regulatory bodies, and program policies.
  • Develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal, and electronic communications with children, families, co-workers, employers, and individuals/agencies.
  • Apply relevant legislation, policies, procedures, and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
  • Apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards.
  • Act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity to support the development and learning of individual children, within the context of their family, culture, and society.

    These are also the learning outcomes expected by the Program Quality Unit of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Program related resources

Note:

  • Successfully completing the Human Services Foundations program prior to applying to the Early Childhood Education diploma program is an opportunity to obtain a year of personal growth and education that may contribute to success in this career-focused program.
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Spring Registration: February 4, 2019
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