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The Early Childhood Education Program at Centennial College is committed to ensuring graduates are prepared to be leaders in the profession. Our graduates are respected as professionals.
As a student in the Early Childhood Education Program, you will learn to provide high standards of care to children and their families. This highly respected 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 will come to understand the needs of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children.
Rich classroom experiences will 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 is 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 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 program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be taught 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. Also facilitated from Progress Campus are fast-track and part-time versions of the offering.
- You will 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 will support you during the field placement to ensure that your learning is optimized.
- Available to you during the third or fourth semester will be 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.
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 a special designation on their Early Childhood Education Diploma. For more, please visit: //www.centennialcollege.ca/LeadershipPassport
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 personal philosophy of early childhood education.
- Provide a rationale for practice.
- Demonstrate professionalism in all areas of performance.
- Advocate for quality childcare
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|ECEP-231||Observing Preschool and School-Age Development|
|ECEP-232||Understanding and Communicating with Families|
|ECEP-235||Preschool Field Practicum|
|ECEP-239||Preschool Curriculum: Supporting Children's Inquiry|
|GNED-500||Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
Companies Offering Jobs
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.
- 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 RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- 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.
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 RequirementsA C Grade is required in all core courses as well as COMM-160/161.
How to Apply
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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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|