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Early Childhood Education

Available: Summer, Winter, Fall

Program Description

As a student in this program, you'll learn about the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of children. You'll also learn the skills and knowledge necessary for planning and carrying out programming which optimizes individual development of young children.

Your studies will blend theory about childhood development with a hands-on application of those principles. You'll explore child development theory and apply it to programming for infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children. As part of the program, you’ll also study developmental theory and practice for children with special needs, as well as an overview of relevant communications theory and philosophy.

Seneca's two lab schools are model child care centres that provide you with opportunities for observation and programming. Field placement is central to the learning experience, so you will be placed in the field for two days each week.

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 college-ece.ca.

Note: If you are currently working in child care, and would like to work towards your Certificate of Apprenticeship and ECE Diploma at Seneca, please contact your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Apprenticeship Office:

  • Toronto 416.326.5800
  • Pickering 905.837.7721
  • Mississauga 905.279.7333

Campus

Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

As an Early Childhood Educator, you'll be prepared for a fulfilling career working with children from infancy to 12 years. Your career may include employment 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. Our four-semester Early Childhood Education (ECE) program puts you on the path to an exciting career.

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)

Related Careers

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

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.

Note

  • Although not required for admission, work experience in a related setting is recommended for your success in the program.

Program Costs

2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition – Domestic

$3,923

Tuition – International

$14,410

Book & Supply Costs

$1,555


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.

Students who successfully complete this diploma with a minimum 3.0 GPA, may be considered for admission into the 4th semester of the Honours Bachelor of Child Development program.

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 General Education requirements.

Admissions

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

Domestic - Newnham Campus
Maureen Massicot 416.491.5050 ext. 22014 Maureen.Massicot@senecacollege.ca

Domestic - King Campus
Cindy Cyrus 416.491.5050 ext. 55049 Cindy.Cyrus@senecacollege.ca
International

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.

Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

King campus - First Year
Laila Shah 416.491.5050 ext. 55519 Laila.Shah@senecacollege.ca
King campus - Second Year
Julie Gerrits 416.491.5050 ext. 55297 Julie.Gerrits@senecacollege.ca
Newnham Campus - First Year
Jennifer Sabatini 416.491.5050 ext. 26477 Jennifer.Sabatini@senecacollege.ca
Newnham Campus - Second Year
Meena Hakimyar 416.491.5050 ext. 22352 Meena.Hakimyar@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Mary Fisher 416.491.5050 ext. 22040 Mary.Fisher@senecacollege.ca

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