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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Program Code:ECE
Campus:King, Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Summer
Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student in this program, you'll learn about the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of children. You'll also learn the skills and knowledge necessary for planning and carrying out programming which optimizes individual development of young children.

Your studies will blend theory about childhood development with a hands-on application of those principles. You'll explore child development theory and apply it to programming for infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children. As part of the program, you’ll also study developmental theory and practice for children with special needs, as well as an overview of relevant communications theory and philosophy.

Seneca's two lab schools are model child care centres that provide you with opportunities for observation and programming. Field placement is central to the learning experience, so you will be placed in the field for two days each week.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as an "Early Childhood Educator" or a "Registered Early Childhood Educator", graduates must apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Education (CECE). Graduates of the ECE program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit college-ece.ca.

Note:

If you are currently working in child care, and would like to work towards your Certificate of Apprenticeship and ECE Diploma at Seneca, please contact your local Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Apprenticeship Office:

  • Toronto (416) 326-5800
  • Pickering (905) 837-7721
  • Mississauga (905) 279-7333

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

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.

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, work experience in a related setting is recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

As an Early Childhood Educator, you'll be prepared for a fulfilling career working with children from infancy to 12 years. Your career may include employment in child care centres, after-school programs, nursery schools, parent co-operative centres, private home child care, some centres for children with special needs and in a kindergarten in the elementary school system. Our four-semester Early Childhood Education (ECE) program puts you on the path to an exciting career.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)
  • The Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC)
  • Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
ECE110 Visual Arts in Preschool Curriculum
ECE112 Healthy Safe Environments
ECE113 Curriculum and Applied Theory: 2-6 Years
ECE114 Observation and Development: 2-6 Years
ECE116 Field Placement: 2-6 Years
 
Semester 2
ECE209 Understanding Self and Others
ECE213 Curriculum and Applied Theory: 6-12 Years
ECE214 Child Development and Observation: 6-12 Years
ECE215 Interpersonal Relationships
ECE216 Field Placement: 6-12 Years
PSY125 Introductory Psychology
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
ECE310 Music and Movement in the Early Years
ECE312 Understanding and Responding to Child Abuse
ECE313 Curriculum and Applied Theory: Birth - 3 Years
ECE314 Observations and Development: Birth - 3 Years
ECE315 Building Relationships: Families with Young Child
ECE316 Field Placement: Birth - 3 Years
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
ECE409 History and Models of Early Childhood Education
ECE412 Legislation, Advocacy and Social Policy
ECE413 Curriculum and Applied Theory: Inclusive Community Practices
ECE414 Children with Exceptionalities
ECE415 Professional Practice
ECE416 Field Placement: Inclusive Community Practices
plus: General Education Course

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
ECE110 Visual Arts in Preschool Curriculum
ECE112 Healthy Safe Environments
ECE113 Curriculum and Applied Theory: 2-6 Years
ECE114 Observation and Development: 2-6 Years
ECE116 Field Placement: 2-6 Years
 
Semester 2
ECE209 Understanding Self and Others
ECE213 Curriculum and Applied Theory: 6-12 Years
ECE214 Child Development and Observation: 6-12 Years
ECE215 Interpersonal Relationships
ECE216 Field Placement: 6-12 Years
PSY125 Introductory Psychology
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
ECE310 Music and Movement in the Early Years
ECE312 Understanding and Responding to Child Abuse
ECE313 Curriculum and Applied Theory: Birth - 3 Years
ECE314 Observations and Development: Birth - 3 Years
ECE315 Building Relationships: Families with Young Child
ECE316 Field Placement: Birth - 3 Years
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
ECE409 History and Models of Early Childhood Education
ECE412 Legislation, Advocacy and Social Policy
ECE413 Curriculum and Applied Theory: Inclusive Community Practices
ECE414 Children with Exceptionalities
ECE415 Professional Practice
ECE416 Field Placement: Inclusive Community Practices
plus: General Education Course

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ECE110 Visual Arts in Preschool Curriculum 3
ECE112 Healthy Safe Environments 3
ECE113 Curriculum and Applied Theory: 2-6 Years 4
ECE114 Observation and Development: 2-6 Years 3
ECE116 Field Placement: 2-6 Years 16
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECE209 Understanding Self and Others 3
ECE213 Curriculum and Applied Theory: 6-12 Years 3
ECE214 Child Development and Observation: 6-12 Years 3
ECE215 Interpersonal Relationships 3
ECE216 Field Placement: 6-12 Years 6
PSY125 Introductory Psychology 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECE310 Music and Movement in the Early Years 3
ECE312 Understanding and Responding to Child Abuse 1
ECE313 Curriculum and Applied Theory: Birth to 3 Years 3
ECE314 Observations and Development - Birth to 3 Years 3
ECE315 Building Relationships: Families with Young Child 3
ECE316 Field Placement: Birth to 3 Years 16
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECE409 History and Models of Early Childhood Education 2
ECE412 Legislation, Advocacy and Social Policy 3
ECE413 Curriculum and Applied Theory: Inclusive Community Practices 3
ECE414 Children with Exceptionalities 3
ECE415 Professional Practice 3
ECE416 Field Placement: Inclusive Community Practices 16
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor (Newnham): Maureen Massicot
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
Maureen.Massicot@senecacollege.ca
Domestic Admissions Advisor (King): Daniela Zarpellon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
Daniela.Zarpellon@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisors:
Newnham Campus: Laurie Johnson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
Laurie.Johnson@senecacollege.ca
King Campus: Daniela Zarpellon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
Daniela.Zarpellon@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinators (Newnham Campus):
First Year: Jennifer Sabatini
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26477
Jennifer.Sabatini@senecacollege.ca
Second Year: Meena Hakimyar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22352
Meena.Hakimyar@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinators (King Campus):
First Year: Laila Shah
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55519
Laila.Shah@senecacollege.ca
Second Year: Lisa Macey
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55297
Lisa.Macey@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair:
  Mary Fisher
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
Mary.Fisher@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
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