Early Childhood Education Program


Group Of Elementary Age Children In Art Class With Teacher

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM: a two-year diploma program that uses theory and practice to give skills to work with children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age in a variety of settings. Provides students with both theoretical and practical training, 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.

The College 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.

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:Prospects to upgrade into a Early Childhood Education (Consecutive Diploma/Degree) a four-year program that leads to both an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma. and a  degree a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from a accredited University.

Field Placement: Students complete a seven-week field placement in each semester of the program. During this time, students have the opportunity to work with children of different age groups in a variety of settings.

Field placement provides a continuum of experience that gives students the opportunity to integrate and apply theory to practice.


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses, with a combined average of 65% or higher
  • Grade 12 English (U) with a grade of 65% or higher
  • Grade 11 Mathematics (M or U) or Science (M or U) or Grade 12 Mathematics (U) or Grade 12 Science (M or U)
  • OR/ A Mature student status: 21 years or older and must be out of school for 2 year Grade 12 English (U) with a grade of 65% or higher
  • Grade 11 Mathematics (M or U) or Science (M or U) or Grade 12 Mathematics (U) or Grade 12 Science (M or U)
  • English and Math/ Science with a combined average higher than 65%
  • Postsecondary credits in English and Math/Science will also be considered (certain courses only)EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS
  • in child care centers
  • in nursery schools
  • as family-home child care providers
  • Schools

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