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

Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership
School of Early Childhood
George Brown College at Ryerson University
2 years (4 semesters)
Honours Bachelor's Degree
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


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
  • neurobiology
  • sociology
  • anthropology



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.

If students require a more flexible schedule, they can enrol on a part-time basis. Note that part-time students are still required to complete all third- and fourth-year courses as they are a mandatory part of the program. If students opt for the part-time option, they should be aware that while most courses can be done part-time, the 14-week internship must be completed on a full-time basis.

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.

Field Education 

Field Placement

Your Field Education Options 

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 12 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.

Field placement is offered in each year of the program with the longest being a 14-week full-time internship that takes place between Semesters 6 and 7. 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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 


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 courses
Code Course name
ECL3201 Human Development: Current Topics
ECL3202 Building Healthy Communities: Advocacy and Leadership
ECL3205 Internship Seminar
ECL4102 Curriculum Leadership in Early Learning and Care
ECL4103 Managing Projects as an Early Childhood Leader
  Liberal Arts Elective


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 courses
Code Course name
ECL3203 Early Childhood Program and System Delivery
ECL4111 Research in Early Childhood Studies
ECL4105 Field Seminar III
ECL4106 Field Practicum III
  Liberal Arts Electives (choose two)


semester courses
Code Course name
ECL4211 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.

Ryerson University offers several post-graduate study opportunities for graduates of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership degree program. View the complete list of relevant post-graduate study opportunities offered by RyersonOpen New Browser Window here.

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


$8,625.00* † ‡ ^

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 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  

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma with a minimum program GPA of 2.5; OR Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma with a minimum 3 years related work experience in ECE (resume and reference letters required)
  • Completion of three (3) George Brown College Continuing Education bridge courses that must be completed by mid-August with a minimum grade of B- (B minus) (*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.

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.

English Language Proficiency:

  • George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 84 overall and 21 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60)

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

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

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

The Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development has granted George Brown College a 7–year consent starting May 12, 2010 to offer this degree. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. An application for renewal of the consent has been submitted and the current consent remains in effect until a decision on the renewal application is made.

Special Requirements  

Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, an Accessible Learning 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 and requirements from Public Health and Ontario legislation, all students in this program must have completed the following prior to beginning field placement:

Students who are unable to provide completed field clearance documents may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.

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


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. This program offers those with an ECE diploma an opportunity to pursue a degree in the field.

The program only starts in September, and three Continuing Education 'Bridge' courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

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 Method
    • ECL1205 Composition & Rhetoric (Mandated Elective) Successfully complete this bridge elective prior to completion of Year 3 of the program

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


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.

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