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Early Childhood Education Administration

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

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

Program Delivery

Online / Full-time


Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Duration

2 Semesters
Currently not available for international students

Program Contacts

Jennifer Bailey

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6278

Program Overview

Level up your career from a frontline ECE worker to a supervisory position

Get ready to advance your career and increase your earning potential by training for childcare management roles. Courses in marketing, leadership, staff development, financial planning, and curriculum design can be taken fully online, giving you the flexibility to complete the program while you continue to work in the field. 
If you’ve already received your ECE diploma, you can jump into a professional specialization with all the hands-on and theoretical training you need, including a 6-week placement which can be completed at your workplace. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Delivered fully online, allowing you to complete coursework on your own schedule
  • Full-time and part-time study options 
  • Learn while you earn 
  • Develops key skills needed for those that wish to make the jump from a front-line Registered ECE position to a supervisory position, including a focus on Marketing, Leadership and Staff Development 
  • 6-week placement in semester 2 


Admission requirements

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

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECE 1300Communication Strategies – Early Childhood Education3
ECE 1301Curriculum Design and Implementation3
ECE 1011Advocacy & Prof. In ECE3
ECE 1303Management Leadership Skills and Staff Development3
ECE 1304Marketing Early Childhood Education3
ECE 1305Computer Application and Financial Planning in ECE3
Semester 2
ECE 1306ECE Administration Field Practicum10
 Total Credits28


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$6,500.27Estimated 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 are prepared for administrative employment opportunities in/as:

  • Early Learning and Child Care Centres 
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Agencies that provide services to young children and their families
  • Agencies that support inclusive practices
  • Centres for Newcomer Children 
  • Nursery Schools/Parent Co-operative Centres
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Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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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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