Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership (Fast-Track) is a two-year program suitable for those with an Early Childhood Education diploma wishing to pursue a degree in early childhood leadership. This program will prepare you to become a progressive leader in this complex and evolving sector.
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.
We believe that to be a successful leader in this sector, you need to have a deep understanding of both human development and teaching & learning. We'll guide you through a comprehensive look at each subject as it pertains to early childhood education and practice.
As human development plays an ongoing and integral role in our lives, and in particular in a child’s early years, we will expose you to this important topic from a variety of perspectives including:
- developmental psychology
- population health
Teaching and Learning
You'll also study teaching and learning through an early childhood lens. This will encompass a thorough overview of curriculum planning and design as this forms the foundation of early childhood leadership.
Prior to completing your degree, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research that will ultimately support your final thesis.
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
This program offers a variety of field placement experiences that allow students to develop meaningful relationships with the children, their families and the full-time staff who work at the centres.
Field placement is offered in each year of the program with the longest being a 14-week full-time internship which takes place in year three. This internship may be local, elsewhere in Canada or in an international setting.
While on placement, students are expected to demonstrate their learning through exemplifying the leadership skills they have been taught in class.
To support student learning outcomes and ensure you have access to facilities that reflect the best practices that we consider essential, we own and operate ten child care centres that are located across the Greater Toronto Area. These lab schools expose you to the kinds of environments where you will eventually work and provide valuable services to the families and communities that they serve.
- 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
Each George Brown College degree program is designed to deliver degree-level, discipline-specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.
Degree learning outcomes must include exposure to a breadth of learning beyond the core disciplinary or vocational field of a program, to increase students’ awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum.
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