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    Early Childhood Education


Program Code:ECYA
Duration:3 Semesters (35 Weeks)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

If you've completed an undergraduate degree 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 semesters with ECYA.

Our accelerated program begins with a seven week intensive full-time May/June term and continues in the fall and winter with 14 week semesters of full-time early childhood studies. Some evening subjects may be required in order to be eligible to graduate the following June. Additional fees will be incurred for these subjects.

Early Childhood Education (Accelerated) teaches you to design learning environments that promote healthy development for young children. You'll gain important observation skills needed to facilitate a child's developmental progress and get the opportunity to apply these skills in a variety of field placement settings related to your career goals.


Early Childhood Education (Accelerated) is an accelerated, full-time Early Childhood Education diploma program for those who have completed a Bachelor of Arts or other undergraduate degree.

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

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized Bachelor of Art degree (or other undergraduate degree) 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:

  • 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.


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Your Career

Accelerate your career with our three-semester diploma program in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for a fulfilling career working with children from infancy to 12 years. You’ll find employment opportunities 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.

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 Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institutions:


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education

Important Academic Dates

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


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.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECU113 Preschool Child Development and Observation Skills 5
ECU140 Creative Workshop 3
ECU143 Preschool Methods 7
ECU144 Music for Young Children 4
ECY501 Health and Nutrition for Young Children 3
EFP143 Preschool Field Placement (2 days/week) 16
  40 Hour Block Placement
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECY201 School Age Skills 3
ECY311 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Seminar 2
ECY322 Curriculum Seminar 2
ECY343 Psychology of Interpersonal Communications 3
EFP201 School Age Field Placement (2 afternoons/week) 6
EFP322 Preschool Field Placement III (1 day/week) 8
  40 Hour Block Placement
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECE447 Integrative Seminar: Child, Family and Community 3
ECY303 Infant and Toddler Skills 3
ECY402 Psychology - The Child with Special Needs II 2
ECY411 Advanced Curriculum Seminar 2
ECY443 Administration of Early Childhood Education Centre 4
EFP303 Infant and Toddler Field Placement 8
EFP440 Second Year Field Placement (1 day/week) 8
  80 Hour Block Placement

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Preschool Child Development and Observation Skills I
Creative Workshop
Preschool Methods
Music for Young Children
Health and Nutrition for Young Children
Preschool Field Placement (2 days/week)
40-Hour Block Placement
Semester 2
School Age Skills
Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Seminar
Curriculum Seminar
Psychology of Interpersonal Communications
School Age Field Placement (2 afternoons/week)
Preschool Field Placement III (1 day/week)
40-Hour Block Placement
Semester 3
Integrative Seminar: Child Family and Community
Infant and Toddler Skills
Psychology - The Child with Special Needs II
Advanced Curriculum Seminar
Administration of Early Childhood Education Centres
Infant and Toddler Field Placement
Second Year Field Placement (1 day/week)
80-Hour Block Placement

Note: Completion is required of all Summer term courses at a minimum "C" grade level in order to enter the Fall session of this program.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Laurie Johnson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Karen Nolan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22185
Program Chair: Mary Fisher
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
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