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Ontario College Diploma | 5 Semesters | Barrydowne and Distance Study

This program is offered in an alternate delivery format geared specifically to those who are currently working in the field of early childhood education (must be working for a minimum of six months). This unique alternate delivery program is the only one of this type in Ontario and allows you to complete your diploma while continuing to work in the field.

You will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to organize and maintain a safe and stimulating learning environment that ensures the total development of the young child.

You will examine how children grow and build a foundation of understanding that children learn through play. This learning approach combined with a culturally-relevant environment will reflect that children are curious, capable, and competent.

The program includes on-site learning, online learning, and facilitated learning. Course credits and/or previous work experience may qualify you to receive Cambrian courses credits through our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process.

Cambrian's program is recognized by the College of Early Childhood Educators, which allows you to apply to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator and be eligible to work in all types of child care settings in Ontario when you graduate.

Program Highlights

  • 5 semesters – 2 years
  • Compressed course delivery
  • Combination of facilitated distance study and intensive on-campus sessions
  • Continue to work while completing courses
  • The only alternate delivery program of this type in Ontario


Field placements are an important component of the program. Since you will already have work experience coming into the program, an individualized placement plan will be developed for you.

Registration to Practice – Early Childhood Education Designation

Persons who wish to refer to themselves as Early Childhood Educators must apply for registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators. A requirement to apply for registration is possession of an Early Childhood Education diploma from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology. It is the responsibility of the graduate to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators.

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


  • Any grade 11 or 12 family studies (C), (U), or (M)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

  • Two-step TB test
  • First Aid Certificate prior to second field placement
  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check is required prior to field placements
  • Record of up-to-date immunizations
  • A note from a physician indicating freedom from communicable diseases


Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Spring 2018

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ECE 1050Health Nutrition 3
ECE 1115Intro Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 1120Child growth development I 3
ECE 1130Field Seminar I 1
ECE 1140The Creative Environment - Learning 3
ENG 1002College Communication 3
ISP 1046Introduction to Computers 1
The following General Education course:  3
Introduction To Psychology I 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 2
ECE 1201Curriculum Planning I 3
ECE 1205Observing and Recording 3
ECE 1220Child Growth And Development II 3
ECE 1230Field Seminar II 1
ECE 1239Field Practicum II 6
ECE 1295Child Guidance 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 3
ECE 2040Anti-Bias Curriculum 3
ECE 2301Curriculum Planning II 3
ECE 2320Infant Care 3
ECE 2330Field Seminar III 1
ECE 2339Field Practicum III 4
 Term Credits: 14
Semester 4
ECE 2395Family Liaison 3
ECE 2450Inclusive Theory Practices 3
ECE 2455Program for the School Age Child 4
ENG 1700Communications II 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Media and Current Events 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Personal Finance 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
 Term Credits: 16
Semester 5
ECE 1012Leadership in ECE 3
ECE 1013Child Abuse 3
ECE 2315Curriculum Models In ECE 3
ECE 2430Field Seminar IV 1
ECE 2439Field Practicum IV 6
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
 Term Credits: 19
 Total Credits: 88

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,102.58. Next year's tuition fees will be available May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2014-2015 academic year is $13,327.00 for two semesters of study. Some exceptions apply. Next year's tuition fees will be available May 1, 2015.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $2,000 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find career opportunities as Early Childhood Educators working with a variety of age groups including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children in:

  • Child care centres
  • Best Start Hubs 
  • Early Learning kindergarten classrooms

Many Early Childhood Educators are employed in programs for children with exceptionalities in:

  • Child care centres
  • Nursery schools
  • Public and separate school systems

Other employment opportunities exist for:

  • Licensed home day care providers
  • Licensed Home Child Care Visitors
  • Child and family resource worker

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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