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Overview

If you've completed an undergraduate degree or diploma from a postsecondary institution in Ontario or have a degree evaluated for Canadian equivalency, you may be eligible to earn your accelerated Early Childhood Education diploma in three terms.

Gain your Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education in just one year part-time. Our accelerated program accepts registrations Summer, Winter and Fall and offers an intensive course schedule on evenings and weekends to allow for work and other commitments alongside your education.

The early childhood education principle of supporting and enhancing the development of the whole child is the basis for this program. This includes the social, emotional, physical and cognitive developmental domains of children from infancy to adolescence.

Students participate in a variety of field placements throughout the program to gain valuable hands on experience.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in municipal day-care centres, parent co-operative nursery schools, community-based day-care centres and nursery schools, pre-school sections of hospitals, and as educational assistants in public schools, and as partners with public school teachers in Full-Day Kindergartens.

Entry Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized undergraduate degree or diploma from an accredited institution.
  • Academic equivalents for three general education credits and College English.
  • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.

Additional Requirements:

  • A Reference Letter which reflects previous paid or volunteer experience with young children.

Prior to Beginning of Class

  • Current immunization report and report of chest x-ray or tuberculin skin test.
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate (16 hours).
  • A valid CPR "C" Certificate.
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check.
    • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

To Apply

To apply, please email the following documents in a single email to: Joanne.Bonnet@senecacollege.ca

  1. A recognized undergraduate degree or diploma from an accredited institution.
  2. Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  3. A Reference Letter which reflects previous paid or volunteer experience with young children.
  4. Current immunization report and report of chest x-ray or tuberculin skin test.
  5. A valid CPR "C" Certificate.
  6. Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check.
    **Applicants living in the City of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

Prospective students must be approved before registering in this program.


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Curriculum

Semester 1 & 2

ECY100
Child Development
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This course focuses on relevant developmental domains, theories and sequences of child development for children from two to six years of age. It also examines observation techniques and the use of screening tools.




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ECY102
Preschool Curriculum
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Students will learn to plan play-based, inclusive, emergent curriculum for preschool children. Theories that support children's learning and the role the Early Childhood Educator will be explored. Students will identify ways to build professional relationships with adults and children. There will be a focus on observing and documenting children's play for the purpose of designing curriculum. Positive guidance strategies will be learned.




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ECY103
Health, Safety and Nutrition
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This course focuses on four health related topics and their relevance in working with young children in preschool settings.
These topics are

  1. health
  2. nutrition
  3. safety
  4. child abuse



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ECY104
Exploring Diversity
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Students are introduced to the role of advocacy and bias-free practice in a professional context. Students will examine advocacy and diversity as it relates to services for children, families and early childhood educators.




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ECY105
Music and Creative Arts
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This course introduces students to the complex process of incorporating music and creative arts into the preschool curriculum. Based upon observations of preschool children, students will design, implement and evaluate music and creative arts learning experiences, which reflect an understanding of the development of the preschool child. In addition, students will explore a selection of art materials and develop an awareness of how preschool children utilize these to express an understanding of their world.




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EFP102
Preschool Field Placement
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Field placement gives students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the ECYA program. Students will plan, implement and evaluate play-based, inclusive, emergent curriculum experiences for preschool children. The early childhood educator's role as facilitator will be studied and practiced. Inclusive child guidance techniques will be utilized that support, nurture and respect children's individuality. Based on observation of children, students will develop skills in planning, implementing and evaluating programming that meets the needs of individuals and small groups of children and which are safe, diverse and developmentally appropriate. In addition, time is spent reflecting and examining issues related to the field placement experience.
Note: If at any time a student jeopardizes the physical and/or emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through actions or behaviours and the supervising professor determines that the student is not capable of the required level of independent functioning, the student may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course. The student may also be asked to leave the program. Students may also be withdrawn from placement and fail ECY102 and EFP102 courses for inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.
Field Placement Requirements: Students must have copies of their medical, standard first aid - CPR Level C and Vulnerable Sector Screen in order to begin placement. Failure to provide these documents will delay the placement start date and missed days/hours will need to be made up.
Please note that field placement is 16 hours per week throughout the term.




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Semester 3

ECY200
Infant and Toddler Development
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ECY202
Infant and Toddler Curriculum
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ECY203
Child, Family and Community
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ECY204
Interpersonal Communication
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ECY205
Philosophy of ECE
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EFP202
Infant and Toddler Field Placement
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Semester 4

ECY300
Children with Exceptionalities
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ECY302
Inclusive Curriculum
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ECY304
Legislation and Social Policy in Professional Practice
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ECY305
School Age Curriculum
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EFP302
Community Placement
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EFP305
School Age Field Placement
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OSAP Funding Available

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Diploma to Degree

Congratulations on finishing your diploma. Now you can turn it into a degree. We offer the Bachelor of Child Development Degree through part-time studies here at Seneca. Please go to the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree link for more information about this program and how to apply your diploma through credit transfer.

Here are some degree options that may also be of interest to your.

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Completion

Students in the accelerated program will register for all 6 courses each term to complete the program in one year. If a student wishes to continue the diploma at a slower pace, transfer into the regular part-time program can be arranged.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant
Georgina.Ioannou@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22946


Joanne Bonnet
Academic Program Manager
Joanne.Bonnet@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22528


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.