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

About the Program

The four-year Honours Bachelor of Child Development program prepares you for expansive opportunities across the health, education, and social service sectors. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to pursue careers in family support services, recreation, early learning and education, infant mental health, and early intervention for children and youth with diverse abilities. You  will also qualify to register as a member of the College of Early Childhood Educator and practice as a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). With ongoing specialization, our students have achieved successful careers in assessment and counselling, child life, elementary teaching, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. Like many of our graduates, you may choose to complete your Bachelor of Education or a Master of Arts.

Our faculty have direct experience in community settings and may help you in facilitating job opportunities. As a student of this program, you will complete a work term which frequently translates into future employment. Ultimately, our applied learning model crosses various disciplines which will help you to think critically and gain experience in the field that fits your unique interests.

Additional Information:

Advanced entry applicants from an ECE diploma program are able to apply to our September or January start at either King or Newnham campus to enter the degree program in Semester 4. All other applicants should apply to the September start at Newnham Campus to enter in Semester 1.

Work Experience

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term 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 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 Early Childhood Educator in school board
  • Resource consultant
  • Child care manager
  • Early interventionist
  • Early literacy specialist
  • Family support worker
  • Child development specialist
  • Instructor therapist
  • Pre/post-natal program worker
  • Young parent support worker
  • Child and youth counsellor
  • Curriculum developer
  • Community group facilitator
  • Community program worker
  • Policy developer
  • Researcher
  • Playground inspector
  • Custody visit supervisor
  • Leadership roles across the early learning and care sector

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interdisciplinary educational approaches
  • Interprofessional collaboration