Early Childhood Education (Compressed) Program (C140)

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Overview

Program Overview

George Brown College is now offering a fully funded Early Childhood Education (Compressed) program for a limited time. If you are ready to put your passion for children to work and want to take advantage of this limited-time tuition-free program, apply now and start in July 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for this program is only available to domestic students.

Full Description

George Brown College is now offering a fully funded Early Childhood Education (Compressed) program for a limited time. If you are ready to put your passion for children to work and want to take advantage of this limited-time tuition-free program, apply now and start in July 2022.

Successful completion of this program will make you eligible for entrance to Ontario's College of Early Childhood Educators as a Registered Early Childhood Educator. 

Program details:

  • 14-month program starts in July 2022 
  • Tuition-free and funding for some expenses such as textbooks 
  • Develop skills to work with children from six weeks to 12 years of age
  • Learn to design curriculum for child-centred, play-based learning
  • Support children’s learning and development by responding to their unique needs and interests
  • Build caring relationships with children, families and communities
  • Create safe, healthy and inclusive early learning environments
  • Three in-person field placements in a variety of settings including one of 12 child care centres owned and operated by George Brown 
  • Study at George Brown’s School of Early Childhood located at our Toronto Metropolitan University Campus, 99 Gerrard Street East in downtown Toronto
  • Graduate with an Ontario College Diploma in just 14 months

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for this program is only available for domestic students. 

Why choose George Brown?

  • Our faculty are leaders in the field and are helping to shape this rapidly evolving sector.
  • We’ve been training Early Childhood Educators for nearly 30 years.
  • We own and operate 12 child care centres across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) - Ontario’s largest network of school owned and operated child care centres that model the theories we teach.
  • Classes will be held at our downtown School of Early Childhood, conveniently located at our Toronto Metropolitan University Campus, 99 Gerrard Street East – easily accessible by TTC.

*This opportunity is funded in partnership with the City of Toronto, The Region of Peel, The Region of Durham, The Region of Halton, the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada under the new Canada-Ontario Early Childhood Workforce Agreement, which provides one-time federal funding to support the retention and recruitment of a high-quality child care and early years workforce.

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Your Field Education Options

You’ll also have the chance to apply key concepts from the classroom in a real-world setting through three individual field experiences.

You’ll rotate between blocks of classroom study with blocks of field experience where you’ll have the opportunity to work with children of different age groups in a variety of settings.  

During each of these experiences, you’ll not only have the chance to develop relationships with the children you are providing care for, but you will get to engage with their families and the broader community. 

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 Ontario's largest network of school owned and operated child care centres that serve over 1,100 children each year.

Whether at one of George Brown’s owned and operated 12 child care centres, or with a field placement partner, you’ll be immersed in a facility that models the best practices that reflect the theory we teach in our classrooms.  

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships in partnerships with children, families and communities that value and respect social, cultural and linguistic diversity including Indigenous peoples' world views and Francophone identity.
  2. Co-create, facilitate and reflect upon inquiry and play-based early years and child care programs and pedagogical approaches to support children's learning, holistic development and well-being following children's capabilities, interests, ideas and experiences.
  3. Co-design and maintain inclusive early-learning environments to value and support equitable, accessible and meaningful learning opportunities for all children, their families and communities in a range of early years and child care settings.
  4. Collaborate with children, families, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate and promote safe and healthy early-learning environments to support independence, reasonable risk-taking and healthy development and well-being.
  5. Use observation strategies to identify children's strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children and families might benefit from additional support or community resources.
  6. Use professional communication in interactions with children, families, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body, government authorities and children's service agencies to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector.
  7. Act in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, agency policies and procedures and principles of evidence-informed practice and reflect upon their impact on one's own role in early years and child care settings.
  8. Identify, report and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedures.
  9. Create and engage in partnerships with families, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care programs and services.
  10. Engage in reflective practice and continuous professional learning in accordance with principles of lifelong learning, evidence-informed practices in the early years sector and requirements of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
ECE 1000 Professional Development Workshop 1
ECE 1075 Foundations of ECE
ECE 1070 Interpersonal Communication
ECE 1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE 2045 Applied Curriculum
PSY 1075 Infant and Child Development
GSSC 1064 Introduction to Sociology

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
ECE 1069 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE 1094 Field Practice I
ECE 1181 Integrated Seminar I
ECE 1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
PSY 1075 Infant and Child Development
ECE 2059 Field Practice Tutorial I
COMM 1007 College English**

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
ECE 2048 Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
ECE 2049 Inclusion In Early Childhood
ECE 2050 Working with Families
ECE 1096 Field Practice II
ECE 1182 Integrated Seminar II
ECE 2053 Curriculum Theory
ECE 2062 Field Practice Tutorial II
GNED General Education Elective
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
ECE 2048 Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
ECE 2050 Working with Families
ECE 2060 Field Practice III
ECE 1183 Integrated Seminar III
ECE 2053 Curriculum Theory
ECE 2057 Current Issues
ECE 2056 Creative Curriculum
ECE 2063 Field Practice Tutorial III
ECE 2061 Social Policy in the Early Years
ECE 1080 Professional Development Workshop 2
ECE 2049 Inclusion in Early Childhood

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills)*** or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL)*** before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003*** does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit Assessment Centre for more information.

***COMM1003/CESL1003 courses will be replaced by COMM1000 Introduction to College Communication starting with Winter 2022 intake.

General Education Electives

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

No Fee*

Additional Costs

Students in this program do not pay tuition or fees. *

This opportunity is funded in partnership with the City of Toronto, The Region of Peel, The Region of Durham, The Region of Halton, the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada under the new Canada-Ontario Early Childhood Workforce Agreement, which provides one-time federal funding to support the retention and recruitment of a high-quality child care and early years workforce.

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Financial Assistance

OSAP eligibility for this program is currently under review by the Ministry.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
Grade 12 English (C or U) PLUS any additional (3) Grade 12 C, U, M or Grade 11 C, U or M credits***

** MATURE STUDENT STATUS (19 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND NO OSSD)
Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.
*** Grade 11 English (ENG3C) cannot be used toward meeting one of the additional 3 credits 12 C, U, M or grade 11 C, U or M credits.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

COURSE EXEMPTIONS
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit Transfer Guide for more information.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
This program is not available to International students.

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:

  • Standard First Aid with CPR level C course
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Medical Clearance

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 on the ECE Field Placement requirements, please email ece@georgebrown.ca.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

School of Early Childhood
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health
Toronto Metropolitan University
99 Gerrard Street East, Room 597
Toronto, ON M5B 2L4
Email: ece@georgebrown.ca
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2310
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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