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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

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 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.

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

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Placement in each semester
  • Opportunities for international placements in China and Finland
  • Industry guest speakers and field trips to local agencies
  • Practical learning in the mock child care centre on campus
  • Grads are eligible to apply to become Registered Early Childhood Educators (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. You will be responsible for any expenses incurred during placement, such as transportation, meals, and accommodation.

Agencies may demand criminal record checks before granting a placement.

4D Learning Opportunities

Share a Book project – Each year, students collect new and gently used books for local health clinics and/or food banks.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Each year, students facilitate activities for young guests at this annual College event that raises funds for pediatric cancer research.

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

Before the first field placement, students will be required to complete the following:

  • Anaphylactic shock training (offered first semester)
  • Two-step TB test
  • First Aid Certificate prior to third field placement
  • Criminal record check
  • Record of up-to-date immunizations
  • Obtain 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

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
The following General Education course:  3
Introduction To Psychology I 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Personal Finance 3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Dementia 3
Media and Current Events 3
Human Sexuality 3
 Term Credits: 22
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
ENG 1242Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I 3
 Term Credits: 22
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
ECE 2395Family Liaison 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Positive Psychology 3
Media and Current Events 3
Personal Finance 3
Human Sexuality 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 4
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
ECE 2450Inclusive Theory Practices 3
ECE 2455Program for the School Age Child 4
 Term Credits: 23
 Total Credits: 87

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.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00 for two semesters of study. 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

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
  • As Licensed Home Child Care Visitors
  • As a resource support for children with special needs

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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