Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership (Fast-Track) Program (C301)

PROGRAM
Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership
CODE
C301
SCHOOL
School of Early Childhood
LOCATION
George Brown College campus at Ryerson University
DURATION
2 years (4 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CERTIFICATION
Bachelor's Degree
YEAR OF STUDY
2015-2016
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership (Fast-Track) is a two-year program suitable for those with an Early Childhood Education diploma or degree in a related field wishing to pursue a degree. This program will teach you to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario’s early childhood settings including child care centres, nursery schools, family drop-in programs (e.g. Ontario Early Years Centres, parenting centres and family resource programs), other family support programs, and early intervention services.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership (Fast-Track) is a two-year program suitable for those with an Early Childhood Education diploma or degree in a related field wishing to pursue a degree in early childhood leadership. This program will teach you to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario’s early childhood settings.

It also prepares graduates for positions as Registered Early Childhood Educators, working in partnership with certified teachers in the Full Day Early Learning programs that are replacing junior and senior kindergarten.

Throughout the program, the academic pillars are grounded in two major fields where applicants have the opportunity to explore theory and research.

1) Human Development

  • This field adopts a life-course perspective that incorporates:
    • developmental psychology
    • population health
    • neurobiology
    • sociology
    • anthropology
  • Multiple perspectives on the context of children’s lives and their early learning and development into adulthood create a knowledge base for early childhood research, policy and practice.
  • Students have opportunities to consider and generate research across disciplines that supports leadership for quality early childhood programs.

2) Teaching and Learning

  • This field includes many dimensions of pedagogical and curriculum leadership in early childhood programs.
  • A thorough overview of curriculum planning and design is the foundation for the development of early childhood program leadership capacity.

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Part Time Study Options  

The program arrangements and course content are tailored to meet the special interests, talents and demanding lives of early childhood professionals.

Full-time and part-time options are possible. Participants will be required to complete the third-year and fourth-year courses and a 14-week full-time internship. Each participant is assigned a faculty supervisor who will also supervise the independent study in Year 4. The internship and research initiatives will be customized to match the professional goals of each participant. For more information visit the Part–time Early Childhood Programs page.

Your Field Study Options 

The Early Childhood Leadership degree program is delivered in an applied learning environment. Case studies, demonstrations and practice opportunities are integral to most courses. Students have two field experiences, including a 14-week full-time work internship, that are aligned with the progressive complexity of the course content. Students will be expected to demonstrate abilities to apply their learning in early childhood programs, translating theory into practice.

Notes:

  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination upon entering the program.
  • Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Special Needs Consultant may be called upon to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe caregiving for young children.
  • In compliance with requests from our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.
  • Students must complete a standard first aid course prior to beginning field placement.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

A degree program must meet a substantial and common set of learning outcomes that are critical to programs within a degree level educational environment.

These include:

  • Four ‘Degree Standards’, and the knowledge and skills expectations under each of these, as published by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board.
  • Learning outcomes in the core subjects/courses which provide exposure to increasingly complex theory at the degree level, and which enable graduates to meet or exceed the requirements of the field of study and/or practice, relevant professional or accrediting bodies, and which are consistent with similar programs in Ontario and other jurisdictions.
  • A ‘breadth’ requirement that includes coherent and substantive ‘non-core’subjects/courses which contribute to the achievement of broader skills and knowledge beyond the core subject area, such as critical thinking and communication skills, knowledge of society and culture, etc.

View degree program standards and outcomes, by program.

Source: Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 5

Code Course name
ECL3101 Quality Assurance for Early Childhood Programs
ECL3102 Leadership in Learning Organizations
ECL3103 Leadership in a Technological World
  Liberal Arts Electives (choose two)

SEMESTER 6

Code Course name
ECL3201 Human Development: Current Topics
ECL3202 Building Healthy Communities: Advocacy and Leadership
ECL3203 Early Childhood Program and System Delivery
ECL3205 Internship Seminar
ECL4103 Managing Projects as an Early Childhood Leader
  Liberal Arts Elective

FIELD PLACEMENT WORK TERM

Third-year internship in a 14-week work experience in an early childhood program, a related child and family service, or a relevant government department. Internship may be local, elsewhere in Canada or in an international setting.

SEMESTER 7

Code Course name
ECL4101 Research in Early Childhood Studies
ECL4102 Curriculum Leadership in Early Learning and Care
ECL4105 Field Seminar III
ECL4106 Field Practicum III
  Liberal Arts Electives (choose two)

SEMESTER 8

Code Course name
ECL4201 Current Issues – Leadership for Quality (independent studies)
LHUM1215 History of Social Policy in Canada
  Liberal Arts Elective

Course revisions are currently taking place. Course offerings may change without notice.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

The goal of the program is to prepare early childhood professionals with program leadership ability.

Graduates of this degree program will have a knowledge and practice base to influence pedagogy and curriculum. They will be prepared to move into supervisory, director and curriculum leadership positions in a full range of early childhood programs.

Graduates may find work in a variety of early childhood settings, including:

  • child care centres
  • full day kindergarten
  • nursery schools
  • family drop-in programs (e.g. Ontario Early Years Centres, parenting centres and family resource programs)
  • other family support programs
  • early intervention services.

Emerging Best Start Child and Family Centres will be integrated with existing early childhood programs and graduates will be well-positioned to assume leadership positions within these centres.

Previous graduates who wished to continue their education have successfully gained admission to notable universities, where they’ve furthered their studies at the masters level and/or the faculty of education.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$7,535.00* †

Additional Cost 

Students will be required to purchase books and other course materials. Internship cost is in addition to fees.

All courses in the bridging program for the degree, including the lower level Liberal Arts electives, have an additional cost.

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

†Equivalent to total fees for the third year of C300 program.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma with a 2.7 grade point average and completion of three George Brown College Continuing Education bridge courses.
  • Information session - Other arrangements will be made for applicants who live outside the Greater Toronto Area and/or are unable to attend the information session.

English Proficiency

English language proficiency is essential. Applicants with international transcripts where English proficiency results are not supplied must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered (applicable to programs C130, C135, C136, C138 , C134 C301 and C405). Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for details

NOTE: Information sessions are by appointment only and invitations are sent to students who have applied to a program in our School of Early Childhood.

Information sessions are held regularly and are an opportunity for you to learn about the program content and career options. You will have an opportunity to meet faculty and staff and have your questions answered.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

  • Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Special Needs Consultant may be called upon to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe caregiving for young children.
  • As a program requirement students must complete a standard first aid with CPR-C course prior to beginning field placement.
  • For more information about the ECE Field placement requirements, please visit the field placement page.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Bridging - Advanced Study  

ADVANCED STANDING – ENTRY TO THIRD YEAR

The third-year entry to the ECL program allows working professionals to take part in a degree program, while building intellectual and social connections with a diverse and stimulating cohort of student colleagues and with faculty through face-to-face and online supports.

Participants are required to complete three “bridge” courses and one Liberal Studies course:

Prior to Year 3, participants are required to complete three “bridge” courses:

  • ECL1001 Evidence-based Practice in Early Childhood Programs
  • ECL1002 Introduction to Early Childhood Leadership
  • ECL1003 Applied Research Methods

and

  • One Liberal Studies

Participants are required to complete and pay for the Liberal Studies university-level course prior to the completion of Year 3. Participants who have completed university-level courses may apply for exemptions from the non-mandated elective courses.

Applicants accepted into the program will be assigned a faculty advisor as part of the offer of admission. Each participant is assigned a faculty supervisor who will also supervise the independent study in Year 4.

FAST-TRACK

This program offers those with an ECE diploma an opportunity to pursue a degree in the field. The intake is September only and three Continuing Education “bridge” courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

BRIDGING

The following is the structure for bridging from an ECE diploma to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program. Students are expected to complete both A and B and additional fees apply.

A

Completed by diploma graduates in advance of entering the ECL degree program (i.e., prior to Year 3):

  • Two composite courses that include human development, curriculum, pedagogical leadership, research skills, writing skills and mathematical logic skills. They also address any gaps in the area of personal wellness. In total, the two composite courses equal six credits.
  • Applied Research Methods

B

May be done concurrently with the ECL degree program (i.e., during Year 3), however it is recommend the course be completed prior to starting the third year :

  • One university (degree-level) Liberal Studies course.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Early Childhood

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2310

Email: ece@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.