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Honours Bachelor of Child Development

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

Advanced entry applicants from an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program are able to apply to our winter 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.

For over forty years Seneca College has been a leader in Early Childhood Education. We are pleased to offer a new degree-level program in Child Development, designed to provide you with the comprehensive theoretical and practical education employers 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.

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

As a student in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development 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.

Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.



8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

Your Career

Be prepared to take a leadership role in the expanding services for young children and their families. As a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Child Development (BCD) 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 Centres (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.

Work-Integrated Learning

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.

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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required course - minimum final grade of 65%:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Students must apply for, and receive a clear vulnerable sector police check before field placement in second semester.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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.

Also see: English and Liberal Studies requirements.

Seneca College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term starting October 30, 2015. Seneca College 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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

King Campus
416.491.5050 ext. 55013
Newnham Campus
416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

King Campus
Julie Gerrits 416.491.5050 ext. 55297
Laila Shah 416.491.5050 ext. 55519
Newnham Campus
Martha McKay 416.491.5050 ext. 55347

Program Chair

Mary Fisher 416.491.5050 ext. 22040

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network