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
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.
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.
Your Field Study 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
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Analyze the interacting social and biological forces that
collectively shape early brain development and set the stage for
lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
- Respect families’ central role in child-rearing and early learning
and the impact of family structures, community support systems, culture
and socio-economic status on parenting.
- Lead the design and implementation of inclusive, effective curricula
for young children, based upon a critical analysis of historical
perspectives, observation, current research, and understandings of early
- Develop inclusive early intervention programs that respond to children with identified special needs.
- Evaluate early childhood programs, engaging stakeholders in the
process and addressing diverse needs of young children and families.
- Acquire self-knowledge, critical thinking skills and professional
habits of mind essential to the practice and leadership of early
- Apply research skills, including assessment of the research process,
formulation of research questions, and collection and interpretation of
data, in a variety of research projects.
- Establish responsive and reciprocal relationships with children, families, colleagues and other stakeholders.
- Perform responsibilities in a manner consistent with ethical and
professional codes of conduct; in compliance with legislative and legal
requirements; and, within the defined scope of practice limitations.
- Advocate on behalf of children, families, colleagues and the broader
community, promoting the principles of quality in early childhood
- Apply the principles of human resources, financial and facilities management to the operations of an early childhood program.
- Collaborate with early childhood educators and other professionals
in multi-disciplinary or cross-sectoral environments and across diverse
domains of practice.
- Communicate in a professional manner in all verbal, non-verbal and written mediums.