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 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.
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
Visit the International Admissions page for more information.
- 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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.