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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 full time, directly with children). 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.

As a student in Early Childhood Education at Cambrian College, you will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the field of early learning and child care. Your studies will blend the theory of child growth and development with practical application experiences in the field.  Through interactive classroom experiences, you will design, plan, implement, and evaluate play-based learning for young children from birth to twelve years of age.

The program will prepare you to work with and support the diverse needs of the children and families you will encounter in your future work.  You will 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.

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

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 work within the College of Early Childhood Educator’s scope of practice 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

  • Standard First Aid Certificate (prior to second field placement)

  • Vulnerable Sector Check is required prior to field placements

  • Record of up-to-date immunizations

  • A note from a physician indicating freedom from communicable diseases and fit to work with young children


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2018
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2018
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2019
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2019


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ECE 1050Health Nutrition 3
ECE 1115Intro Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 1024Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 1130Field Seminar I 1
ECE 1140The Creative Environment - Learning 3
ENG 1002College Communications 3
ISP 1046Introduction to Computers 1
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 2
ECE 1201Curriculum Planning I 3
ECE 1205Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 1230Field Seminar II 1
ECE 1239Field Practicum II 6
ECE 1295Child Guidance 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 3
ECE 2040Culturally Relevant Practice 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
Personal Finance 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Media and Current Events 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 and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $2,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change. 

Graduate Options

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

  • Full Day kindergarten classrooms

Graduates may also find employment:

  • In agencies that provide services to young children and their families

  • Licensed Home Child Care Visitors

  • Child and family resource worker

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may 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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