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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

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.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Placement in each semester

  • Opportunities for international placements in China

  • Industry guest speakers and field trips to local agencies

  • Practical learning in the mock child care classroom 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 will require additional documents like: a vulnerable sector check, health documentation and Bill 18 requirements before granting a placement.

4D Learning Opportunities

Share a Book project – Every second 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 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

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

  • Two-step TB test

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

  • Vulnerable Sector Check

  • Record of up-to-date immunizations

  • Obtain 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:

Summer Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Summer 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Fall 2020


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021

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

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECE 1050 Health & Nutrition 3
ECE 1024 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 1115 Intro Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 1130 Field Seminar I 1
ECE 1140 The Creative Learning Environment 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Personal Finance  
Negotiation & Labour Relations  
Human Sexuality  
Introduction to Indigenous Studies  
Semester 2
ECE 1201 Curriculum Planning I 3
ECE 1205 Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 1230 Field Seminar II 1
ECE 1239 Field Practicum II 6
ECE 1295 Child Guidance 3
ENG 1242 Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Personal Finance  
Positive Psychology  
Human Sexuality  
Intro to Powwow Culture  
Semester 3
ECE 2040 Culturally Relevant Practice 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
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Personal Finance  
Positive Psychology  
Human Sexuality  
Truth and Reconciliation  
Semester 4
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
ECE 2450 Inclusive Theory & Practices 3
ECE 2455 Program for the School Age Child 4
 Total Credits87


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:

  • Early Learning and Child care Centres

  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres

  • 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

  • In agencies that support inclusive practices

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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