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

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.

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Program name
Early Childhood Education
Experiential learning
Field Placement
16 months continuous with Summer classes (4 consecutive semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

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 2019 through December 2020).

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.


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

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Part Time Study Options

We offer the Early Childhood Education diploma on a part-time basis.

Students must attend an orientation session. Call 416-415-5000, ext. 2310 or email to sign up for a session.

We also offer professional development courses and a part-time post-diploma certificate in Early Childhood Management.

For professional development courses, visit the Early Childhood Institute for Professional Learning.

For available part-time studies, visit the Part–time Early Childhood Programs page.

For more information, call 416-415-5000, ext. 2310 or email

Experiential Learning

Field Placement

Your Field Study 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 Standards and 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.

Required Courses


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


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


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
GSSC 1064Introduction to Sociology


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

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


$3,964.00 *

Additional Cost

* 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.

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
  • 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 for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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

Contact Us

School of Early Childhood

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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