Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus)

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Program Code: 1221

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus

Email: communitystudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5303

The Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College is committed to ensuring you are prepared to be a leader in the profession.

As a student in the Early Childhood Education program you learn to provide the high standards of care to children and their families that get our grads respect as professionals. This highly regarded undertaking teaches you to take responsibility for observing the needs of individual and groups of children, and create well-planned, stimulating and responsive programs. You come to understand the needs of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children.

Rich classroom experiences offer you a range of opportunities to understand content. Professors ensure that a variety of strategies is used to help you practice and apply what you are learning. Supporting our program are Centennial College's two state of the art early childhood education centres. Used as lab schools, these centres, located in East York and at Progress Campus, allow you observe and/or practice in a high quality childcare setting.

If you are energetic, enjoy working with children and adults, fun loving, and dedicated to your learning this is the program for you!

This program has received KPI distinction awards consistently for Employer Satisfaction.

Please note: This Early Childhood Education program is also offered at Ashtonbee Campus. From Progress Campus it is also facilitated as a Winter intake and part-time version.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
ECEP-101 Keys to Success in ECE Progress Campus
ECEP-102 The Learning Environment: The Third Teacher Progress Campus
ECEP-103 The Healthy Development of the Whole Child Progress Campus
ECEP-104 An Introduction to Early Childhood Education Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
ECEP-130 Observing Infant and Toddler Development Progress Campus
ECEP-131 Child Centred Curriculum Progress Campus
ECEP-132 Guidance 1 Progress Campus
ECEP-133 Health and Wellness Practices Progress Campus
ECEP-135 Field Placement 1: Infant and Toddler Progress Campus
ECEP-136 Seminar 1 Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ECEP-230 Guidance 2 Progress Campus
ECEP-231 Observing Preschool and School-Age Development Progress Campus
ECEP-232 Understanding and Communicating with Families Progress Campus
ECEP-235 Preschool Field Practicum Progress Campus
ECEP-238 Seminar 2 Morningside Campus
ECEP-239 Preschool Curriculum: Supporting Children's Inquiry Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ECEP-233 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs Progress Campus
ECEP-234 Preschool/School-Age Curriculum: The Project Approach Progress Campus
ECEP-236 Advocacy and The Emerging Professional Progress Campus
ECEP-237 Child Abuse Progress Campus
ECEP-245 Preschool, School-Age, Specialized Field Practicum Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

- Minimum C grade required for all courses (excluding COMM and GNED)

Companies Offering Jobs

Aisling/Discoveries Centre for Children & Families, Chartland Child Care Centre, Friends Day Care, Nellie's Hostels, Toronto Board of Education, YMCA, Ontario Early Years programs

Program Highlights

  • You experience practical experiential learning through three field placements in the community working directly with infants or toddlers, preschool and school-age children.
  • Qualified and experienced supervisors support you during the field placement to ensure that your learning is optimized.
  • Available to you during third or fourth semester are opportunities to work in full-day kindergarten environments.
  • To support the student experience, in semester three and four a minimum of a one-week block placement is incorporated to maximize your ability to solidify skills.
  • This program is committed to respond to and reflect current trends and direction in the field and profession.
  • Highly skilled faculty create stimulating learning opportunities in the classroom which address a range of learning styles.

As an ECE offering graduate, you will able to demonstrate the abilities to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum that is founded on a thorough understanding of child development and responds to the developmental needs of children
  • Utilize a variety of observation techniques to enhance work with children, families and co-workers
  • Maintain responsive relationships with children
  • Develop and maintain effective communication with children, families, co-workers, employers and individuals/agencies
  • Apply relevant legislation to early childhood education programs
  • Apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education
  • Provide a rationale for practice
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all areas of performance
  • Advocate for quality childcare

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information, please visit the Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion.

The Leadership Passport

The Leadership Passport provides opportunities for students to practice and develop leadership skills through predetermined criteria and to earn special designation on their Early Childhood Education diploma. For more, please visit Leadership Passport.

Career Outlook

  • Early childhood educator in elementary junior and senior kindergarten full-day learning classes
  • Early learning educator for literacy programs
  • Early childhood educator in child care settings
  • Early childhood educator assistant in child care settings

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission


  • Admission to this program is highly competitive and the program fills quickly. We recommend that you apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or take your skills assessment as soon as possible. For admission to the January program (offered at Progress only), we recommend you apply by May 1 of the previous year.
  • You will receive an invitation to attend an Early Childhood Education Admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $952.00 $3,719.00
International $12,400.00 $2,147.00 $14,547.00