Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 2 semesters | Online

This Ontario College Graduate certificate program has been designed to meet the needs of individuals who have already received their Early Childhood Education Diploma and wish to pursue professional specialization. The program provides Early Childhood Educators with the knowledge and techniques necessary to work in supervisory/administrative positions.

Program Highlights

  • 2 semesters
  • Fully online with full-time and part-time delivery options
  • Six week placement in semester 2
  • Develops key skills needed for those that wish to make the jump from a front-line ECE worker to a supervisory position, including a focus on Marketing, Leadership and Staff Development.
  • Related micro-credentials in ECE studies include: ECE Advocacy and Leadership (ECEL) and ECE Communication and Community Engagement (ECEC).  These micro-credentials can be combined as a pathway to the full certificate.

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Admission Requirement

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, apprenticeship, or degree program in Early Childhood Education from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all post-secondary transcripts must still be submitted).

It is advised students have one year post graduation work experience, though students can begin directly upon graduation from an ECE Diploma.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2023

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

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECE 1300 Communication Strategies - Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 1301 Curriculum Design and Implementation 3
ECE 1011 Advocacy & Prof. In ECE 3
ECE 1303 Management Leadership Skills and Staff Development 3
ECE 1304 Marketing Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 1305 Computer Application and Financial Planning in ECE 3
Semester 2
ECE 1306 ECE Administration Field Practicum 10
 Total Credits28


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 is under review. These fees are currently under review but is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue careers in supervisory and administrative roles in a range of early years and child care settings, including centre-based and homebased child care, child and family programs (e.g., EarlyON child and family centres and children’s services (e.g., supports for children with special needs, children’s mental health services and early intervention programs).

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.