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Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus)

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Program Details

  • Program Code:1221
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College is committed to ensuring you're prepared to be a leader in the profession. With the program consistently receiving KPI distinction awards for Employer Satisfaction, our graduates are respected as professionals.

As a student in the Early Childhood Education program, you'll learn to provide high standards of care to children and their families. This highly regarded program will teach you to take responsibility for observing the needs of individual and groups of children, and create well-planned, stimulating and responsive programs. You'll come to understand the needs of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children.

Rich classroom experiences, with professors employing a variety of strategies, will offer you a range of opportunities to understand the content, practice and apply what you're learning. Supporting this 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, will allow you to observe and/or practice in a high-quality childcare setting.

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

Please note:

  • This program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, online, or in a blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching.
  • This Early Childhood Education program is also offered at Ashtonbee Campus and is facilitated from Progress Campus in a winter intake with four consecutive semesters (no summer break) or in a part-time version.

Program Highlights

  • You'll experience practical experiential learning through three field placements in the community, working directly with infants or toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children.
  • Qualified and experienced supervisors will support you during the field placement to ensure your learning is optimized.
  • During the third or fourth semesters, opportunities will be available to work in full-day kindergarten environments.
  • In semesters 3 and 4, a minimum of a one-week block placement will be incorporated to maximize your ability to solidify skills.
  • This program is committed to respond to and reflect current trends and directions in the field and profession.
  • Highly skilled faculty will create stimulating learning opportunities in the classroom that will address a range of learning styles.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

You'll develop a portfolio documenting your 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 will provide you with opportunities to practice and develop leadership skills through predetermined criteria and to earn a special designation on your Early Childhood Education diploma. For more, please visit: //www.centennialcollege.ca/LeadershipPassport

Graduates have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum founded on a thorough understanding of child development that's responsive 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 personal philosophy of early childhood education;
  • Provide a rationale for practice;
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all areas of performance;
  • Advocate for quality childcare.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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As a graduate from the Early Childhood Education program you will be qualified to:

  • Work with children and families in childcare centres;
  • Work in full-day learning classrooms within the Boards of Education;
  • Work with children and families in drop-in centres, shelters and community service programs;
  • Opening your own home childcare in accordance with legislative requirements.

Articulation Agreements

Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution


Seneca College Bachelor of Child Development
Sheridan College Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership
Trent University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Child and Youth Studies

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Career Outlook

  • Early childhood educator
  • Child-care Worker Assistant
  • Child-care Worker
  • Early Childhood Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Worker
  • Early Childhood Program Staff Assistant
  • Preschool Helper
  • Preschool Teacher

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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

Additional Requirements

After admission, prior to beginning each Field Placement, students are required to:

  • Obtain a clear police check with vulnerable sector and mental health screening
  • Provide valid First Aid and CPR certificates before the beginning of the second semester
  • Provide a clear medical report including a TB test

Semester Requirements

A minimum C Grade is required in all ECEP courses as well as COMM-160/161.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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.

International Students

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2019.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,178.00 $3,899.00
International $14,502.50 $1,687.00 $16,189.50

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