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Early Childhood Education

ECEPSchool of Community Services

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

May 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Jennifer Bailey

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6278
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Program Overview

Cultivate curious children with play-based learning 

In this innovative program, you will examine how children grow and discover how children learn through play. This play-based learning approach, combined with a culturally-relevant environment, nurtures children who are curious, capable, competent, and rich in potential. 
Interactive classroom exercises will train you to design, plan, implement, and evaluate play-based learning for children from birth to 12 years of age. You’ll gain practical experience in our on-campus mock childcare classroom. You can apply to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator upon graduation and be eligible to work in a variety of childcare settings in the community. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Recognized by the College of Early Childhood Educators 
  • Placement in each semester 
  • Opportunities for international placements 
  • Community guest speakers and field trips to local agencies 
  • Opportunities to earn additional certifications built into the program 
  • Option to earn a second diploma in another community services program in just 1 year when you graduate 


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) or (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

Before the first field placement, students will consult with Synergy and show proof of the following:

  • Two-step TB test
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (prior to second field placement)
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Record of up-to-date immunizations
  • Freedom from communicable diseases and fit to work with young children
  • Field certifications (Bill 18 requirements) 
  • Co-op permits for placement in all four semesters for international students registered in a field practicum course


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

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 3:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Spring 2025


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 4:  Spring 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECE 1050Health & Nutrition3
ECE 1024Child Growth and Development3
ECE 1115Intro Early Childhood Education3
ECE 1130Field Seminar I1
ECE 1140The Creative Learning Environment 3
ENG 1002College Communications3
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 2
ECE 1201Curriculum Planning I3
ECE 1205Observation and Documentation3
ECE 1230Field Seminar II1
ECE 1239Field Practicum II6
ECE 1295Child Guidance3
ENG 1242Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 3
ECE 2040Culturally Relevant Practice3
ECE 2301Curriculum Planning II3
ECE 2320Infant and Toddler Care3
ECE 2330Field Seminar III1
ECE 2339Field Practicum III4
ECE 2395Family Liaison3
ECE 2450Inclusive Theory & Practices3
Semester 4
ECE 1012Leadership in ECE3
ECE 1013Child Abuse3
ECE 2315Curriculum Models In ECE3
ECE 2430Field Seminar IV1
ECE 2439Field Practicum IV6
ECE 2455Program for the School Age Child4
One General Education Course. 13
 Total Credits87

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

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 and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Community Services

Discover the profound difference you can make in the lives of others when you follow the rewarding and noble path provided by Cambrian’s School of Community Services. Community Services programs prepare you to address social and community needs, support child and family welfare, navigate support systems and become a powerful force for positive change.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates may find career opportunities as Early Childhood Educators working with a variety of age groups including infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children in:

  • Early Learning and Child Care Centres (Centre based and/or Home Childcare)
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Kindergarten classrooms

Graduates are also prepared for employment opportunities in/as:

  • Agencies that provide services to young children and their families
  • Licensed Home Child Care Visitors
  • Agencies that support inclusive practices
  • Centres for Newcomer Children 
  • Nursery Schools/Parent Co-operative Centres
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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