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 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.
The academic pillars of this two-year program are grounded in human development and teaching and learning. Students have the opportunity to explore theory and research within these two main fields.
1) Human Development
This field adopts a life-course perspective that incorporates:
- developmental psychology
- population health
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.
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. While on placement, students will be expected to demonstrate their learning by putting classroom theory into practice.
- 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.
Please click to see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study.