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

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Decision-making made easy! This tool gives you a breakdown of individual programs offered at George Brown College and how they differ from other programs you’re interested in. Use this tool to select up to 10 programs to compare, helping you make the right choice for the career you want.
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2. Search for one of the programs you’re interested in (either alphabetically, by interest or by job)

3. Click on the title of the program in the menu

4. Click Add to Comparison

5. Continue searching for programs using steps 2-4

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PROGRAM
Honours 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
Honours Bachelor's Degree
YEAR OF STUDY
2016-2017
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership (Fast-Track) is a two-year program designed 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.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

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.

Human Development

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
  • neurobiology
  • sociology
  • anthropology

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.

 

George Brown College Child Care Centre manager works with two pre-school aged boys



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.

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  

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.



Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
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

semester courses
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 is 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

semester courses
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

semester courses
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 

This program 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.

Graduates will be prepared to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in a variety of Ontario’s early childhood settings such as:

  • child care centres
  • family drop-in programs
  • early intervention services
  • family support programs

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.



Future Study Options 

Previous graduates who wished to pursue further education have successfully gained admission to master's degree programs and/or the faculty of education at notable universities.



Career Options 

The goal of the program is to prepare early childhood professionals with program leadership knowledge and skills.

Graduates of this degree program will have the 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 as their careers unfold or as they pursue further study.

 



Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$7,948.00* † ‡ ^

Additional Cost 

 *Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees Equivalent to total fees for the third year of C300 program. starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

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

† 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.

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 completion of three (3) George Brown College Continuing Education bridge courses that must be completed mid-August (*see bridging details further below)
  • A Liberal Studies course must also be completed prior to completing Year 3 of the program (*)
  • 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

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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  

*From Admission Requirements above

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.

To be considered for the Early Childhood Leadership (Fast-Track) program, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete 3 bridge courses (below) with a minimum grade required by mid-August
    • ECL1001 Evidence-based Practice in Early Childhood Programs
    • ECL1002 Introduction to Early Childhood Leadership
    • ECL1003 Applied Research Methods
  • Successfully complete this elective prior to completion of Year 3 of the program
    • ECL1205 Composition & Rhetoric (Mandated Elective

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 Honours 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:

  • Composition & Rhetoric (Mandated Elective)


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 about George Brown College, you may also call the 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.