Early Childhood Education (Ashtonbee Campus)

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Program Code: 1201

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee 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 graduates 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 the content. Professors ensure that a variety of strategies are 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!

Please note: The program is also facilitated from Progress Campus as a Winter intake and part-time version.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-101 Keys to Success in ECE Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-102 The Learning Environment: The Third Teacher Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-103 The Healthy Development of the Whole Child Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-104 An Introduction to Early Childhood Education Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Minimum C grade required for all ECEP courses
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-130 Observing Infant and Toddler Development Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-131 Child Centred Curriculum Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-132 Guidance 1 Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-133 Health and Wellness Practices Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-135 Field Placement 1: Infant and Toddler Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-136 Seminar 1 Morningside Campus

Semester Note

Minimum C grade required for all ECEP courses
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ECEP-230 Guidance 2 Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-231 Observing Preschool and School-Age Development Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-232 Understanding and Communicating with Families Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-235 Preschool Field Practicum Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-238 Seminar 2 Morningside Campus
ECEP-239 Preschool Curriculum: Supporting Children's Inquiry Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Minimum C grade required for all ECEP courses
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ECEP-233 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-234 Preschool/School-Age Curriculum: The Project Approach Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-236 Advocacy and The Emerging Professional Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-237 Child Abuse Ashtonbee Campus
ECEP-245 Preschool, School-Age, Specialized Field Practicum Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Minimum C grade required for all ECEP courses and COMM160/161

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

  • Three field placements in the community, working directly with infants or toddlers, preschool and school-age children allow for real world experiences. To ensure your learning is optimized, placements are supported by qualified and experienced supervisors.
  • Opportunities to work in full-day kindergarten environments are available to  students during third or fourth semester.
  • To support the student experience and maximize the ability to solidify skills, a minimum one-week block placemen is incorporated in semester three and four.
  • This program is committed to responding to and reflecting 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.

ECE graduates have demonstrated the ability 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.
  • 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 www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

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 information, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/LeadershipPassport.

Career Outlook

  • Early childhood educator in elementary junior kindergarten 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 the 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