Early Childhood Education
|Duration:||3 Semesters (35 Weeks)|
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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)
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institutions:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Preschool Child Development and Observation Skills I|
|Music for Young Children|
|Health and Nutrition for Young Children|
|Preschool Field Placement (2 days/week)|
|40-Hour Block Placement|
|School Age Skills|
|Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Seminar|
|Psychology of Interpersonal Communications|
|School Age Field Placement (2 afternoons/week)|
|Preschool Field Placement III (1 day/week)|
|40-Hour Block Placement|
|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.
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
|International Admissions Advisor:||Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
|Program Coordinator:||Karen Nolan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22185
|Program Chair:||Mary Fisher
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040