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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 Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Future Alumni

"Centennial First, Alumni Forever".  Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will become life time members of the Centennial College Alumni Association (//ccaa.life/). 

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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.

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 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.

Indigenous Studies: First Peoples in Canada Certificate

ECE students have the opportunity to obtain a concurrent Certificate in Indigenous Studies.  For more information, visit //www.centennialcollege.ca/programs-courses/schools/school-of-advancement/programs/specialized-academic-certificates/indigenous-studies-first-peoples-in-canada-certificate/

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.

Articulation Agreements

Successful graduates of this Early Childhood Education program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level and complementary streams. Listed below are the pathways from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

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

University Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts, multiple majors
Algonquin College Early Childhood Education, 2 year
Athabasca University Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services 
Brock University Honours Bachelor or Arts in Early Childhood Education
Cambrian College Early Childhood Educatoin, 2 year
Canadore College Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship
Early Childhood Education, 2 year
Collège Boréal Early Childhood Education, 2 years
Conestoga College Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
George Brown College Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Leadership
Guelph-Humber, University of  Honours Bachelor of Applied Science - Early Childhood Studies
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts - Folklore et ethnologie (French language program)
Nipissing University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
Ryerson University Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
Seneca College Bachelor of Child Development
Sudbury, University of Bachelor of Arts - Folklore et ethnologie (French language program)
Trent University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies
Windsor, University of
Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors

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

Educational Partners

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


Professional Associations

All graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are required to apply to practice in the province of Ontario with their professional regulatory body, the College of Early Childhood Educators. (//www.college-ece.ca/en/About-Us/Purpose-and-Mandate

The College of Early Childhood Educators (College) regulates and governs Ontario's Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) in the public interest. 

The College was established under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 (ECE Act), and came into existence in February 2009.

With more than 53​,000 members in good standing, the College is one of the largest professional self-regulatory bodies in Ontario and is the only professional self-regulatory body for early childhood education in Canada.

The College regulates the profession of early childhood education by establishing and enforcing:  ​

  • Registration requirements;
  • Ethical and professional standards for RECEs;
  • Requirements for continuous professional learning; and
  • Complaints and discipline process for professional misconduct, incompetence and incapacity.



The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) is your professional association. Membership supports a strong, united voice for ECEs in our province.  (//www.aeceo.ca/)


The OCBCC is Ontario’s central advocacy group for a universal early childhood education and care system. Formed in 1981, the OCBCC is a member organization comprising local child care centres, national and provincial groups and individuals from all across Ontario (//www.childcareontario.org/)

Placement Partners

The Early Childhood Education Program has a number of Placement Partnerships which include:

  • Toronto Children's Services
  • YMCA, Early Learning and Care Programs
  • Toronto District School Board
  • York District School Board
  • Durham District School Board
  • Catholic District School Boards
  • Community Based Child Care Centres 

Career Outlook

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Registered Early Childhood Educator
  • Designated Early Childhood Educator

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
  • Provide valid First Aid and CPR certificates before the beginning of the second semester
  • Provide a clear medical report including a TB test

Safety Requirements

See the Important Link section "Student at a Glance" (//p.widencdn.net/lvtfct/ECE_program_Flyer) for an understanding of the Safety Requirements for a student in the Early Childhood Education program. 

Semester Requirements

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

Disability Considerations

The Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS) provides a range of programs and services aimed to empower students in meeting their wellness goals, accommodation and disability-related needs, and creating a more accessible campus community. Please see the following link for more information.  (//www.centennialcollege.ca/student-life/student-services/centre-for-accessible-learning-and-counselling-services/)

How to Apply

How to Apply

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Please see information regarding the Application process on the OCAS website.  (//www.ontariocolleges.ca/en)


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $766.54 $3,487.54
International $14,937.50 $1,275.54 $16,213.04

Vocational Learning Outcomes

Vocational Learning Outcomes

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Early Childhood Education (Ontario College Diploma)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships* in partnerships with children*, families* and communities that value and respect social, cultural and linguistic diversity* including Indigenous* peoples’ worldviews and Francophone identity.

2. Co-create, facilitate and reflect upon inquiry and play-based* early years and child care* programs and pedagogical* approaches to support children’s* learning, holistic development* and well-being following children’s* capabilities, interests, ideas and experiences.

3. Co-design and maintain inclusive* early learning environments* to value and support equitable, accessible and meaningful learning opportunities for all children*, their families* and communities in a range of early years and child care* settings.

4. Collaborate with children*, families*, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate and promote safe and healthy early learning environments* to support independence, reasonable risk-taking and healthy development and well-being.

5. Use observation strategies* to identify children’s* strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children* and families* might benefit from additional support or community resources.

6. Use professional communication in interactions with children*, families*, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body*, government authorities and children’s* service agencies to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector*.

7. Act in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, agency policies and procedures and principles of evidence-informed practice* and reflect* upon their impact on one’s own role in early years and child care* settings.

8. Identify, report and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedures.

9. Create and engage in partnerships with families*, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care* programs and services. 

10.Engage in reflective practice* and continuous professional learning* in accordance with principles of lifelong learning, evidence-informed practices* in the early years sector* and requirements of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

VLO 11 below is specific to ECE Diploma programs that are known as Indigenous* Early Childhood Education Programs (MTCU Code 51211).

Graduates of these programs have reliably demonstrated Vocational Outcomes 1-10 in addition to VLO 11.

11.Engage with Indigenous* children*, families* and communities to co-create, implement and evaluate Indigenous* early years and child care* and child and family programs and environments that are culturally* sensitive and culturally* relevant to the communities they serve.

Note: The learning outcomes have been numbered as a point of reference; numbering does not imply prioritization, sequencing, nor weighting of significance.

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