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Ontario College Diploma | 5 semesters | Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Educational Training Institute, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Delivered in partnership with the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute in Thunder Bay, this program is culturally-relevant and specific to Aboriginal communities. It provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to organize and maintain a safe, stimulating early learning environment for children. The social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the child is examined through academic studies in a blended delivery model that consists of 14 days of on-campus sessions two times per semester, as well as independent study.

You will complete field placement experiences in early childhood education settings in Thunder Bay as well as community placement hours in the your home community.

Upon successful completion of the program, you can apply to the College of Early Childhood Educators to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE).

Program Highlights

  • 2.5 years – 5 semesters
  • Hands-on experience through placements in Thunder Bay and in your home community
  • Courses completed through a combination of independent study and on-campus sessions
  • Grads are eligible to apply to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE)


There will be a work placement in an early childhood centre in the first semester. In addition, there will be community placements during the remaining semesters. Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred during placement, such as transportation, meals, and accommodation.

Agencies will demand criminal record checks before granting a placement.


Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Educational Training Institute, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Please Note 

The official Ministry name for this program is Early Childhood Education - Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin and this is the name that will appear on your diploma.

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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) recommended


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

Additional Requirements

  • Two-step TB test
  • Record of up-to-date immunization and a doctor's statement, which indicates freedom from communicable diseases, is needed prior to first semester fieldwork. Students are strongly advised to obtain the above items in July or August, prior to beginning to the first semester
  • First Aid Certificate prior to first field placement
  • Visit to a child care facility is strongly advised
  • Criminal record check is required prior to field placements

Additional Information

For further information, call 1-866-636-7454 or (807) 626-1891 or visit


Program Delivery

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

Course Descriptions

Semester 1Credits
ISP 1046Introduction to Computers 1
NEC 1000Field Seminar I 1
NEC 1016Nutrition Health 3
NEC 1017Intro. to Early Childhood Ed. 3
NEC 1030The Creative Environment 3
NEC 1102Child Growth Development I 3
The following General Education Course  3
Introduction To Psychology I 3
 Term Credits: 17
Semester 2
ENG 1002College Communication 3
NEC 1001Field Seminar II 1
NEC 1020Curriculum Planning I 3
NEC 1021Observing and Recording 3
NEC 1022Field Practicum II 6
NEC 1202Child Growth Development II 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 3
NEC 1023Child Guidance 3
NEC 1024Anti-Bias Curriculum 3
NEC 1025Curriculum Planning II 3
NEC 2103Infant Care 3
One of the following General Education Courses:  3
Positive Psychology 3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
 Term Credits: 15
Semester 4
ENG 1700Communications II 3
NEC 1002Field Seminar III 1
NEC 1006Field Practicum III 4
NEC 1026Curriculum Models 3
NEC 1027Family Liaison 3
NEC 1028Programs for School Aged Child 4
 Term Credits: 18
Semester 5
NEC 1003Field Seminar IV 1
NEC 1014Leadership in ECE 3
NEC 1018Field Practicum IV 6
NEC 1019Inclusive Theory Practice 3
NEC 2203Child Abuse 3
 Term Credits: 16
 Total Credits: 85

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

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 to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities involve a variety of age groups including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. Many early childhood educators are also employed in programs for children with exceptionalities.

Graduates may find employment as:

  • Educators and supervisors in child care centres and nursery schools
  • A Registered ECE in Early Learning Kindergarten classrooms in public and private schools
  • Licensed home child care providers
  • Parental supports

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at 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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