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8 Semesters (4 Years)
Credential Awarded
Honours Bachelor Degree
Early Childhood Education

About the Program

Seneca has been a leader in early childhood education for more than 50 years. You will be prepared for a rewarding career in family support services, recreation, early learning, infant mental health and early intervention for children and youth with diverse abilities. This four-year honours bachelor degree will prepare you for expansive opportunities across health, education and social service sectors. Your studies will cover various disciplines, helping you to think critically and provide you with the comprehensive theoretical and practical skills employers need.

After graduating from this program, you will be qualified to register as a member of the College of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and practice as Registered Early Childhood Educator. Many graduates go on to complete their Bachelor of Education or Master of Arts from renowned programs, or successfully begin their early childhood education careers. Advanced entry applicants from an ECE diploma program are able to apply to our January intake at either King or Newnham Campus to enter the degree at semester 4. All other applicants should apply to the fall intake at Newnham Campus to enter Semester 1.

To practice in Ontario as an Early Childhood Educator or a Registered Early Childhood Educator, you will need to register for the College of Early Childhood Education (CECE). For more information, visit CECE website.

Scholarship opportunities are available if you have distinguished academic records from your high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to you based on merit and financial need.

Work Experience

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term(s) may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Early childhood educator 

  • Designated schoolboard early childhood educator 

  • Child care manager 

  • Resource consultant

  • Early interventionist

  • Family support worker

  • Child development specialist 

  • Instructor therapist 

  • Pre/Post-natal program worker

  • Young parent support worker  

  • Child and youth counsellor 

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary educational approaches

  • Integration of modern services