Bachelor of Child Development
|Duration:||8 Semesters (4 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Bachelor of Child Development|
For over forty years Seneca College has been a leader in Early Childhood Education. We are now pleased to offer a new degree–level program in Child Development, designed to provide you with the comprehensive theoretical and practical education employers now want. This four–year bachelor’s degree program will give you a firm grounding in teaching and curriculum subjects, in early childhood development, as well as familiarity in multidisciplinary and family practice. You’ll be equipped to succeed within the industry’s new direction towards integration of services and programs focusing on the child, the family and the community.
Upon successful completion of the BCD program, you will have earned a Bachelor degree in Child Development. In order to practice in Ontario as an “Early Childhood Educator” or a “Registered Early Childhood Educator”, you will need to apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Education (CECE). For more information, please consult the CECE website at www.collegeofece.on.ca.
As a student in the BCD program, you have the option of studying either at King Campus or at Newnham Campus. You’ll benefit from a dynamic campus atmosphere, state–of–the–art facilities, small class sizes and a wide range of on–site student support services including tutoring, help with English language and one–on–one academic and career advisement. You’ll also learn from expert professors with real–world experience and the dedication to help you succeed.
Program Learning Outcomes:
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Analyze and evaluate past and current theories of child development and determine their relevance for application in a variety of child and family programs and services.
- Plan and implement appropriate and comprehensive individual and group programs and curricula to meet the developmental needs of children and their families in a variety of contexts.
- Integrate and apply relevant legislation, policies, procedures and regulations in a broad range of early childhood education programs and settings within a changing social context.
- Make sound judgments using effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills and act according to professional ethics and standards.
- Demonstrate respect for diversity and fairness in all contexts related to children and their families.
- Develop programs and services that are responsive to and inclusive of the diverse needs of groups and individuals.
- Develop and maintain positive, respectful, nurturing and responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children, families, co-workers and the community through effective written, oral, non-verbal, visual and electronic communication.
- Plan, communicate and evaluate responses to client needs as part of an interdisciplinary team serving families and young children.
- Utilize a variety of effective observation techniques and research strategies to pursue best practices and conduct applied research relevant to the field of early child development and family service.
- Plan, develop and implement integrated/effective advocacy strategies in collaboration with colleagues, families and community partners to further the interests of all stakeholders.
- Examine and reflect upon one’s own practice to assess one’s effectiveness and modify actions/activities accordingly.
- Demonstrate in depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the society and culture in the world, and genre of a traditional liberal arts education.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(U)
- Mature students (age 19 years or older) must submit proof of credits in the above subjects or their equivalent.
- Applicants with an ECE diploma or ECE equivalency with a minimum 3.0 GPA will be admitted into semester four.
- Please note that due to large student interest, this program may be treated as highly competitive. In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Be prepared to take a leadership role in the expanding services for young children and their families. As a graduate of the Child Development degree program, you’ll be able to work with many health, education and social service professionals in an inter–disciplinary approach to education. You’ll be ideally suited to work as an educator in parent/child resource centres such as Ontario Early Years Centers (OEYC), and you’ll be eligible to work in children's treatment centres. Our graduates become leaders within a rapidly expanding field. Your career opportunities will be both fulfilling and limitless.
Many of our top graduates choose to apply to faculties of education to pursue careers in teaching or apply directly to masters programs and advance their educational knowledge through further specialization.
Students in the Bachelor degree program must successfully complete one full–time co–operative education work–term in order to graduate. The co–op work experience provides the learner with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real world applications. The work–term is scheduled in the summer between semesters 6 and 7 and is 14 consecutive weeks in duration.
There is an additional charge for the co–op term.
|Semester 1||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD102||Healthy Environments: Health, Safety, and Nutrition||3|
|EAD104||Human Development - Part I||3|
|EAD106||Foundations of Teaching and Learning - Part I||3|
|EAD108||Professional Practice in a Diverse Culture||3|
|EAD110||Play in Early Childhood||3|
|Semester 2||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD200||Integrative Seminar: Field Placement I||10|
|EAD204||Human Development - Part 2||3|
|EAD206||Foundations of Teaching and Learning - Part 2||3|
|LSO260||Principles of Psychology||3|
|Semester 3||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD300||Integrative Seminar / Field Placement Infancy||9|
|EAD302||Ethics, Policy and Legislation||3|
|EAD306||Children with Special Needs||3|
|EAD308||Historical and Philosophical Traditions in ECE||3|
|EAD310||Developing and Sustaining Partnerships with Families||3|
|XXXXXX||Liberal Studies Option||3|
|Semester 4||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD400||Integrative Seminar: Field Placement II||10|
|EAD402||Artistic Development and Studio||3|
|EAD404||Theories of Music, Movement and Dramatic Play||3|
|EAD406||Dynamics of the Family||3|
|EAD408||Conceptualizing Pedagogy: Post-modern Perspective||3|
|EAD410||Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood||3|
|Semester 5||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD500||Integrative Seminar / Field Placement||9|
|EAD502||Children with Challenging Behaviour||3|
|EAD504||Social Construction in Education: Middle Childhood||3|
|EAD506||Interdisciplinary Practice: A Team Based Approach||3|
|EAD508||A Constructive Approach to Math and Science||3|
|EAD510||Emotional Well Being in Young Children||3|
|Semester 6||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD600||Co-op Professional Practice||2|
|EAD602||Brain Research and Cognitive Development||3|
|EAD606||Case Collaboration and Leadership||3|
|EAD608||A Constructivist Approach to Language and Literacy||3|
|LSO120||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|EAD650||Co-op Work Term (14 weeks)|
|Semester 7||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD700||Co-op Integration and Career Planning||2|
|EAD702||Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Learning||3|
|EAD706||Research Methods and Statistical Analysis||3|
|EAD708||Early Identification: Screening and Assessment||3|
|EAD710||Global Childhood Context||3|
|XXXXXX||Liberal Studies Option||3|
|Semester 8||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAD802||Designing Educational Programs for Adults||3|
|EAD806||Applied Research Paper||3|
|EAD808||Family Focused Practice: Agency and Home Based||3|
|TRI802||Introduction to Leadership Theories||3|
Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a 7-year term starting May 7, 2008. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
|First Year:||Laurie Landy
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55297
|Second Year:||Sharon Quan-McGimpsey
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55296
|Third Year:||Olga Decock
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55319
|Fourth Year:||Laila Shah
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55519
|Co-op Coordinator:||Lynda Trude
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26416
|Program Chair:||Mary Fisher
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Maureen Massicot
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
|International Admissions Advisor:||Erica Yudelman
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
|Registration & Records Advisors:|
|King Campus:||Krista Bigley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
|Newnham Campus:||June Allison
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471