Early Childhood Education Program
(Accelerated)
(C160)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Code: C160
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    16 months continuous with Summer classes (4 consecutive semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: George Brown College at Ryerson University
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,964.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Field Placement

  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

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Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to work as Early Childhood Educators for more than 20 years.

Program Overview

This Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is a condensed version of our two-year diploma program delivered over 16 consecutive months. The program uses rotating blocks of theory and practice to give you the skills you need to work with children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age in a variety of settings.

Full Description

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned delivery of this program starting in September 2020 will be online with limited access to field experiences.

PLEASE NOTE: In response to this evolving situation, the delivery, learning activities and evaluation methods may be further modified mid-semester.

Learners will require access to high-speed internet, a web camera, a microphone and Google Chrome or Firefox as a web browser.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a diploma program that combines alternating blocks of classroom theory and field practice to provide students with both theoretical and practical training.

This program stream allows students to complete the program more quickly by studying for 16 consecutive months with no breaks in between (September 2020 through December 2021).

Students learn to work with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children in a variety of early childhood education settings.

Each semester is divided into blocks of seven weeks. One block is for academic study, the other is for field placement.

FAST-TRACK – DIRECT ENTRY (10 MONTHS)

You may qualify for the fast-track program if you have a diploma or degree in a related field. For details visit program C130.

Your Field Education Options

Our Early Childhood Education students complete a seven-week field placement in each semester of the program. During this time, students have the opportunity to work with children of different age groups in a variety of settings.

Field placement provides a continuum of experience that gives students the opportunity to integrate and apply theory to practice.

To support student learning outcomes and ensure you have access to facilities that reflect the best practices we consider essential, we own and operate 12 child care centres 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.

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' worldviews 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

semester courses
Code Course Name
ECE1075 Foundations of ECE
PSY1075 Infant and Child Development
ECE1069 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1070 Interpersonal Communication
ECE2045 Applied Curriculum
ECE1000 Professional Development Workshop I
ECE1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
PSY1075 Infant and Child Development
ECE2045 Applied Curriculum
ECE1024 Field Practice I
ECE1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE1181 Integrated Seminar I
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
ECE2048 Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
ECE2049 Inclusion In Early Childhood
ECE2050 Working with Families
GHUM1041 History of Social Policy in Canada
ECE1080 Professional Development Workshop 2
ECE2053 Curriculum Theory
ECE2056 Creative Curriculum
GSSC1064 Introduction to Sociology
ECE1026 Field Practice II
ECE1182 Integrated Seminar II

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
ECE2048 Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
ECE2049 Inclusion In Early Childhood
ECE2050 Working with Families
GHUM1041 History of Social Policy in Canada
ECE1080 Professional Development Workshop 2
ECE2053 Curriculum Theory
ECE2014 Field Practice III
ECE2057 Current Issues
ECE1183 Integrated Seminar III
GNED General Education Elective

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this ECE program may find employment in:

  • child care centres
  • early years centres
  • full-day Kindergarten
  • parent resource centres
  • pediatric playrooms
  • special education settings
  • integrated kindergartens
  • therapeutic nursery programs
  • in-home care

Future Study Options

Students who complete the Early Childhood Education program with a GPA of 2.50 or higher may apply to complete the bridge courses for entry into the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program (C301).

Your Early Childhood Education diploma will give you credit towards degree programs at other institutions. It also makes you eligible for entrance to Ontario’s College of Early Childhood Educators.

For information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,964.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS DELIVERED IN CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS, WITH NO BREAK. STUDENTS WILL BE IN CLASS FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 TODECEMBER 2020.

  • 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
  • Mandatory Information session – Only applicants who receive a conditional offer will be required to attend the 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.

** 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.

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 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, 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

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.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Early Childhood Education Program
(Accelerated)
(C160)

2020-20212021-2022

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to work as Early Childhood Educators for more than 20 years.

Program Overview

This Early Childhood Education program is a condensed version of our two-year diploma program delivered over 16 consecutive months. The program uses rotating blocks of theory and practice to give you the skills you need to work with children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age in a variety of settings.

Full Description

Early Childhood Education is a diploma program that combines alternating blocks of classroom theory and field practice to provide students with both theoretical and practical training.

This program stream allows students to complete the program more quickly by studying for 16 consecutive months with no breaks in between (September 2018 through December 2019).

Students learn to work with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children in a variety of early childhood education settings.

Each semester is divided into blocks of seven weeks. One block is for academic study, the other is for field placement.

FAST-TRACK – DIRECT ENTRY (10 MONTHS)

You may qualify for the fast-track program if you have a diploma or degree in a related field. For details visit program C130.

Your Field Education Options

Students complete a seven-week field placement in each semester of the program. During this time, students have the opportunity to work with children of different age groups in a variety of settings.

Field placement provides a continuum of experience that gives students the opportunity to integrate and apply theory to practice.

To support student learning outcomes and ensure you have access to facilities that reflect the best practices we consider essential, we own and operate 12 child care centres 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum and programs that support children’s holistic development and are responsive to individual children’s and groups of children’s observed abilities, interests and ideas.
  2. Establish and maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families.
  3. Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children’s learning across the continuum of early childhood development.
  4. Establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children and families.
  5. Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence‐based practices in early learning.
  6. Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children, families, colleagues, employers, and community partners.
  7. Identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments.
  8. Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards of early childhood education practice.
  9. Advocate for quality early learning environments and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families and community partners to establish and promote such settings.
  10. Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices in early learning and related fields.
  11. Plan, implement and evaluate Aboriginal early learning curriculum, programs and environments that promote children’s, families and communities knowledge of and respect for Aboriginal peoples and their cultures.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ECE1075Foundations of ECE
PSY1075Infant and Child Development
ECE1069Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1070Interpersonal Communication
ECE1181Integrated Seminar 1
ECE2045Applied Curriculum
ECE1024Field Practice I for ECE
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ECE1075Foundations of ECE
PSY1075Infant and Child Development
ECE1069Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1070Interpersonal Communication
ECE1026Field Practice II
GSSC1064Introduction to Sociology
ECE1089Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE1182Integrated Seminar II
ECE2045Applied Curriculum
ECE1000Professional Development Workshop 1

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ECE2048Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
ECE2049Inclusion In Early Childhood
ECE2050Working with Families
ECE2014Field Practice III
GHUM1041History of Social Policy in Canada
ECE1080Professional Development Workshop 2
ECE2053Curriculum Theory
ECE2056Creative Curriculum
ECE1183Integrated Seminar III
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ECE2048Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
ECE2049Inclusion In Early Childhood
ECE2050Working with Families
ECE2017Field Practice IV
GHUM1041History of Social Policy in Canada
ECE1080Professional Development Workshop 2
ECE2053Curriculum Theory
ECE1184Integrated Seminar IV
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this program may find employment in:

  • child care centres
  • early years centres
  • full-day Kindergarten
  • parent resource centres
  • pediatric playrooms
  • special education settings
  • integrated kindergartens
  • therapeutic nursery programs
  • in-home care

Future Study Options

Students who complete the Early Childhood Education program with a GPA of 2.70 or higher may apply to complete the bridge courses for entry into the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program (C301).

Your Early Childhood Education diploma will give you credit towards degree programs at other institutions. It also makes you eligible for entrance to Ontario’sCollege of Early Childhood Educators.

For information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,158.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS DELIVERED IN CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS, WITH NO BREAK. STUDENTS WILL BE IN CLASS FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 TODECEMBER 2020.

  • 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
  • Mandatory Information session – Only applicants who receive a conditional offer will be required to attend the 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.

** 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.

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 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, 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

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.