Early Childhood Education - Alternate Delivery (ECAD)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
This program will be delivered in the following terms:
For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.
Program of Study
|ECE 1050||Health Nutrition||3|
|ECE 1120||Child growth development I||3|
|ECE 1115||Intro Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECE 1130||Field Seminar I||1|
|ECE 1140||The Creative Environment - Learning||3|
|ENG 1002||College Communications||3|
|ISP 1046||Introduction to Computers||1|
|The following General Education course:||3|
|Introduction To Psychology I||3|
|ECE 1201||Curriculum Planning I||3|
|ECE 1220||Child Growth And Development II||3|
|ECE 1205||Observation and Documentation||3|
|ECE 1230||Field Seminar II||1|
|ECE 1239||Field Practicum II||6|
|ECE 1295||Child Guidance||3|
|ECE 2040||Anti-Bias Curriculum||3|
|ECE 2301||Curriculum Planning II||3|
|ECE 2320||Infant Care||3|
|ECE 2330||Field Seminar III||1|
|ECE 2339||Field Practicum III||4|
|ECE 2395||Family Liaison||3|
|ECE 2450||Inclusive Theory Practices||3|
|ECE 2455||Program for the School Age Child||4|
|ENG 1700||Communications II||3|
|One of the following General Education courses:||3|
|Intro to Indigenous Studies||3|
|Media and Current Events||3|
|ECE 1012||Leadership in ECE||3|
|ECE 1013||Child Abuse||3|
|ECE 2315||Curriculum Models In ECE||3|
|ECE 2430||Field Seminar IV||1|
|ECE 2439||Field Practicum IV||6|
|One of the following General Education courses:||3|
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.
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
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.