Early Childhood Education

Program: ECED
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Field Placements
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Orillia (Fall, Winter), Owen Sound (Fall)


Students are prepared to educate and care for children from birth to twelve years old. Our program philosophy ensures that students learn the skills necessary to plan and implement play-based learning that supports children in all areas of their development. Students learn how to be responsive caregivers to facilitate a child's feelings of self worth and social-emotional resiliency. Partnerships with parents, families, other professionals, and community programs are encouraged. These connections form the foundation of working in the field of early learning and care. Field placements offer students the opportunity to practice the skills and techniques that are learned in the classroom. The program offers students a unique balance between theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have experienced consistently high job placement rates. It is important that the ECE graduate supports flexibility to meet the changing needs of children and families. Growth is occurring in the area of contractual employment and self employment. Graduates work in a variety of jobs:

  • licensed child care programs,
  • nursery school programs,
  • before-and-after school care,
  • Full Day Kindergarten programs,
  • family home child care,
  • early years resource centers,
  • children’s mental health agencies,
  • private care,
  • elementary schools,
  • recreation programs,
  • camps,
  • cruise ships and
  • resorts.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum and programs that support children’s holistic development and are responsive to individual children’s and groups of children’s observed abilities, interests and ideas;
  • establish and maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families;
  • select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children’s learning across the continuum of early childhood development;
  • establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children and families;
  • assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence based practices in early learning;
  • prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children, families, colleagues, employers, and community partners;
  • identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments;
  • apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards of early childhood education practice;
  • advocate for quality early learning environments and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families and community partners to establish and promote such settings;
  • engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices in early learning and related fields;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities within the field of early childhood education.

External Recognition

Graduates of the ECE program meet the educational requirements to apply for professional registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - Orillia, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake - Orillia

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Additional Information

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record and a valid Standard First Aid and CPR level C or HCP certificate before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training be completed prior to program entry. These documents must be completed before enrollment in second semester courses.

It is strongly recommended that students accepted into the ECE program have volunteer or past work experience in a licensed child care setting. This experience orients and prepares the student for their academic work in the ECE program.

Graduation Requirements

22 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
3 Field Placements

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
ECED 1012Child Development: Conception to 6 years
ECED 1013Experiences in Language Arts
ECED 1014Nurturing Infants and Toddlers
ECED 1018Foundations in ECE
ECED 1021Math, Science and Creative Art
ECED 1025Children's Health and Wellness
ECED 1026Supporting Preschool Children
ECED 1027Preparation for Field Placement
ECED 1028School Age Development and Programming
ECED 1029Observation and Documentation
ECED 1030Music and Movement
ECED 1031Field Placement Seminar 1
ECED 2011Social/Emotional Health and Behaviour
ECED 2012Administration and Performance Management
ECED 2014Partnerships with Families
ECED 2021Best Practices in Early Intervention
ECED 2022Responding to Child Care Trends
ECED 2023Field Placement Seminar 2
ECED 2025Ethics and Advocacy
ECED 2026Personal and Professional Wellness
ECED 2027Adaptive Communication Strategies
ECED 2028Field Placement Seminar 3
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Field Placements
ECED 1032Field Placement: Early Learning 1
ECED 2024Field Placement: Early Learning 2
ECED 2029Field Placement: Unique
Total Hours

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.