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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Ontario College Diploma

What is Early Childhood Education?

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.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
ECED
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Location:
Orillia, Owen Sound
Start:

Fall - Orillia, Owen Sound

Winter - Orillia

Contact:
Owen Sound:

Deb Bumstead

705-728-1968 ext. 2389

Orillia:

Heather Hill

705-728-1968 ext. 3064

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.

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.
Fall Intake - Orillia, Owen Sound

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Winter Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

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

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Strong written and interpersonal skills are recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Human Service Foundation General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

22 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

3 Field Placements

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

ECED1012 Child Development: Conception to 4 years
ECED1013 Experiences in Language Arts
ECED1014 Nurturing Infants and Toddlers
ECED1018 Introduction to ECE
ECED1021 Math, Science and Creative Art
ECED1025 Children's Health and Wellness
ECED1026 Supporting Preschool Children
ECED1027 Preparation for Field Placement
ECED1028 School Age Development and Programming
ECED1029 Observation Techniques
ECED1030 Music and Movement
ECED1031 Field Placement Seminar 1
ECED2011 Social/Emotional Health and Behaviour
ECED2012 Administration and Performance Management
ECED2014 Partnerships with Families
ECED2021 Best Practices in Early Intervention
ECED2022 Responding to Child Care Trends
ECED2023 Field Placement Seminar 2
ECED2025 Ethics and Advocacy
ECED2026 Personal and Professional Wellness
ECED2027 Adaptive Communication Strategies
ECED2028 Field Placement Seminar 3
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Field Placements
ECED1032 Field Placement: Early Learning 1
ECED2024 Field Placement: Early Learning 2
ECED2029 Field Placement: Unique

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.

View the Early Childhood Education articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

One of our professors modeling the way in Language Arts class, to present storytelling and putting the fun in Literacy.

Faculty put the fun into literacy in Early Childhood Education program

Faculty in the Early Childhood Education program model the way in Language Arts class to present storytelling and putting the fun in literacy. Read more...

Abby Marsden

Abby Marsden

Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board

Program:

Early Childhood Education

Year:

2012


Completing the Georgian College Early Childhood Education diploma program advanced my career prospects with the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board. Read more...

Deb Bumstead ECE Faculty Owen Sound Campus

Deborah Bumstead

As Coordinator of the ECE program at the Owen Sound campus, Deb finds the daily connections with her students rewarding and inspiring. The campus is friendly and inviting, which leads to an overall positive environment for exploring the program content together in various ways. Read more...

Chiara Johnson - Faculty

Chiara Johnson

Chiara graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Georgian College at the beginning of her professional career. In addition to earning a second diploma from Georgian (Developmental Service Worker), she continued on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and a Master of Arts in Developmental Disabilities. Read more...

Heather Hill - ECE Co-ordinator

Heather Hill

Heather has been a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Georgian for 26 years. Becoming a professor was an early goal for Heather as she wanted to have an influence in the field of early childhood education. Read more...

Faculty, ECE Program

Donna Morton-Clark

Donna joined Georgian College in 2010, and teaches courses in the first and second year of the Early Childhood Education diploma program. She also oversees the Child Development Practitioner apprenticeship program. Read more...

One of our professors modeling the way in Language Arts class, to present storytelling and putting the fun in Literacy.

Faculty put the fun into literacy in Early Childhood Education program

Faculty in the Early Childhood Education program model the way in Language Arts class to present storytelling and putting the fun in literacy. Read more...

Two female students sort clothing in a grocery cart at Scott Mission.

Owen Sound students open hearts to homeless

Students from the Police Foundations, Personal Support Worker and Early Childhood Education programs at the Owen Sound Campus hopped on a bus recently and ventured to Toronto to volunteer at the Scott Mission men’s shelter. Read more...

Donation to Baby Needs Depot

Early Childhood Education students donate to Baby Needs Depot

ECE students at the Orillia Campus gathered over 450 diapers for a donation to the Baby Needs Depot housed at the Ontario Early Years Centre in Orillia. Read more...

A male student holds a large cheque made out to the Stand Up organization.

Student projects make big impact

Child and Youth Worker, Early Childhood Education and Social Service Worker students can add a new position to their resumé: changemaker. Fourteen teams of 39 students paired with local non-profits last semester to identify and address various social challenges and gaps in community service. Read more...

Play based learning for children, is a key philosophy of the ECE program. Student engage in many opportunities to experience hands on curriculum activities within their classes.

Early Childhood Education offers hands-on curriculum

Play-based learning for children is a key philosophy of the Early Childhood Education program. Student engage in many opportunities to experience hands on curriculum activities within their classes. Read more...

Louis Riel Remembrance Day at Owen Sound Campus

The Owen Sound Campus will host a Louis Riel Remembrance Day on Nov. 15, 2013 in honour of this remarkable hero. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Aboriginal Services have been working hard to put this event together. Read more...

A group of students stand by a booth with a banner saying Week of the Child.

ECE students celebrate Week of the Child

To celebrate Ontario’s Week of the Child (Oct. 19 to 23), first-year Early Childhood Education students at the Owen Sound Campus shared children’s story books with the junior and senior kindergarten class at Sydenham Community School. It was a memorable and meaningful experience for all. Read more...

A young woman wearing a scarf speaks at a microphone in a crowd of people.

ECE student juggles college with First Nations advocacy

Tristen Schneider has had to learn to juggle her college studies with advocacy work. She recently requested permission to re-schedule an exam as she had been asked to join an emergency discussion with Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne. Her profs, not surprisingly, were accommodating. Read more...

Parachute Play ECE

Early Childhood Education students learn the value of play

Early Childhood Education students participate in parachute play, just one of the many ways the ECE program endorses the value of play. Read more...

Rebecca Bender presentation

Children's author Rebecca Bender shares stories with ECE students

Each year in the ECE program, students and faculty, in co-ordination with our own campus library, host a different Canadian children's book author to share their stories with students. Read more...

The students stand with Reba, one of the students is holding the red ball

Students support social change through play

Early Childhood Education and Child and Youth Worker students are partnering with Right to Play this semester, a global organization that uses sports and games to educate and empower youth facing adversity. Read more...

Abby Marsden

Abby Marsden

Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board

Program:

Early Childhood Education

Year:

2012


Completing the Georgian College Early Childhood Education diploma program advanced my career prospects with the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board. Read more...

Jocelyn Hay Alumni

Jocelyn Hay

Jocelyn Hay

Program:

Early Childhood Education


This program opens up so many doors for its students by bringing in community partners. Offering three placements in the field meant I was able to make lasting connections and network myself in the community. I would absolutely recommend the ECE program. Read more...

Two little girls watch as Early Childhood Education grad Joe white jumps in the air

Joe White

Program:

Early Childhood Education


The teachers and instructors at Georgian College are very interactive, open and very friendly. Something I really enjoyed taking from the program and bringing into my career were theories such as play-based learning. Read more...

Qijia Lei Alumni

Qijia Lei

Program:

Early Childhood Education


My name is Qijia Lei, I am an international student all the way from Shanghai, China. I choose Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Georgian for the reason that I want to learn how to work with children. Read more...

Kait Sutton and a bear puppet

Kait Sutton

Continuing undergraduate studies in Australia

Program:

Early Childhood Education (with honours)

Year:

2015


I’ve always known I wanted to work with children. I aspire to inspire young minds. My goal is to be part of a growing process that helps unlock potential. Read more...

“The professors in the program are passionate and have a wealth of knowledge to share about the field. They are invested in providing every student with the education required to be a quality educator”

Jacqueline Wessenlingh

Program:

Early Childhood Education


The professors in the program are passionate and have a wealth of knowledge to share about the field. Read more...

Amanda Malone

Amanda Malone

Program:

Early Childhood Education


I entered Georgian College as a mature student with a family. I knew I wanted to be in a program that focused on children. ECE is a great program that works with my home life. Read more...

 

Lee Ann Rogers PicLee Ann Rogers, RECE

I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Georgian College in 1987 and I have been working in the field of ECE since then. I have the pleasure of working throughout the District of Muskoka. I have worked in many settings such as a toddler room, a pre-school room, an after school program and in supervisory roles.

At a young age, I quickly learned some of the administrative and behind-the-scenes duties required to operate a licensed childcare centre. This gave me the necessary experience to become the supervisor of a licensed childcare centre operated by Muskoka Family Focus and Children’s Place where I am currently the program manager. In this position, I am responsible for overseeing the smooth operations of all of our licensed and unlicensed early childhood programs.

I am very fortunate to work with many wonderful and incredibly dedicated early childhood educators and assistants who work hard to provide inquiry play-based programs to many children throughout Muskoka. I have been on the ECE Advisory Committee at Georgian College since approximately 2005. I am grateful to continue as a committee member as our entire field is evolving and adapting to many changes in early childhood education.

As stated in the How Does Learning Happen? document, I believe “Children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential.” I will continue to support my colleagues, children and families to strengthen our early childhood opportunities to the best of my ability, just as Georgian College did for me many years ago.

 

What is the Early Childhood Education program (ECE) about and why should I come to Georgian?

Early Childhood Education is an exciting program that presents you with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to work with children from the ages of birth to 12 years of age and their families.

At Georgian, you will enjoy moderate class sizes with your peers where the professors will get to know you and are committed to your success. Our curriculum is current, responsive to the developing changes in the field, and designed to provide you with the needed hands-on practice to develop the confidence and expertise you need to work with young children and their families. Your role, the importance of play and how children develop is the basis of this program.

What is the format of the ECE program?

The Early Childhood Education program is offered full-time at both Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. The program takes place over four semesters. Each semester is 14 weeks of class in length with a reading week in the middle; total of 15 weeks. The first semester focuses on academic courses while the second and third semesters include opportunities to work with children directly. The fourth semester involves classes and a unique placement that offers a variety of placement settings for students.

Semester Course/Placement layout
Semester 1 Classes Monday through Friday
Semester 2 4 days of class, 1 day of placement per week
Semester 3 and 4 3 days of class, 2 days of placement per week

What is the ECE program schedule?

Once you are registered, you will choose your timetable online for each semester. The Office of the Registrar will send you dates and times when registration is open. Class times can vary throughout each semester.  Classes could be scheduled anywhere from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Adjustments to your timetable can be made during the ‘add/drop’ period. Please see Important dates for deadlines. Students spend eight hours each day they are on placement with their host agency. The schedule is demanding. Students are encouraged to prepare for the requirements of this schedule when planning employment.

What are the entrance requirements?

See Admission requirements for the Early Childhood Education program. You may also contact the Student Services department for more details to complete the application process.  Working with children and families requires professionals with strong written and interpersonal skills.

What does the placement component look like and what are some of the experiences?

Students engage in field placement experiences across three semesters of the program. They are placed in community settings (for example, child care centres, schools and community agencies) depending on the requirements of the course. Placement is balanced to provide the students with access to working with children across the age span of birth to 12 years. This results in a graduate with a broad range of experience to offer future employers.

How is placement set up?

Field placements are organized in co-operation with the college, with our field placement officers. We encourage you to request placements in the town or city in which you choose to live. This benefits you as you can establish professional connections in your community for future employment. This depends on your proximity to campus, as you will attend classes during the time you are on placement.

What do I need to have when I arrive on campus to prepare for placement registration in the second semester?

Please see the requirements for placement.  You must have your Standard First Aid with CPR to a level C or HCP.  It is important to note that the immunizations include a 2-step TB (tuberculosis) test, which takes up to 4 visists to the doctor.  Therefore we highly recommend that you fully complete the forms sent to you by the college prior to entry in first semester.

You also must have a current Vulnerable Sector Police Check (this should be obtained before Nov. 30). Check with your local police or OPP detachment, you may need a letter from the college, so check requirements in your local area. Please note: Vulnerable Sector Police Checks could take 6 to 14 weeks to obtain depending on the current demand.

High school co-op, volunteer or paid work experience in a licensed child care setting assists in preparing a student for placement. 

Please note: If you are unable to present these requirements prior to registration for the next semester, you will be unable to proceed to this semester and will have to wait to continue your education. Registration occurs prior to the start of the next semester.

Am I eligible for professional registration upon graduation?

 

Earning a diploma in Early Childhood Education provides you with the educational requirements to apply to the College of Early Childhood Educators for registration following your graduation. This is an important process for all professionals in the field. Further information about registration and the process can be found at www.collegeofece.on.ca.

What sorts of jobs are available in the ECE field?

Graduates are hired in child care centres, school boards in the full-day early learning kindergarten classrooms or as educational assistants, community services for children and families, and unique experiences on cruise ships, recreation programs or businesses linked to ECE.

What are the articulation agreements and the process to follow in order to be to a primary school teacher?

Georgian’s ECE program has several articulation agreements with a number of university programs offering many desirable options for our graduates. Current agreements exist with the following universities: Athabasca, Nipissing, Ryerson, Griffith, New Brunswick, Laurier, Brock, and Davenport. Get more information.

Can I take ECE and still work?

Working toward your educational goals on a full-time basis requires dedication and commitment. Full-time students will be required to manage a heavy course load and may find it challenging to schedule part-time employment.

For those students who are currently working full-time in the ECE field and need to complete their diploma, we offer the Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship delivery as a first step as well as part-time classes at the Barrie Campus. There are specific requirements for entry which are available at www.edu.gov.on.ca or through the local Apprenticeship branch. The program consists of an in-school portion concurrently with on-the-job work experience.  The in-school portion is offered in a variety of ways, depending on the community needs. The on-the-job experience consists of 4,000-6,000 hours of paid work experience. Following completion of this apprenticeship program, students may continue the studies to achieve an ECE diploma by completing Georgian’s bridge program.

What distance education offerings do you have?

The ECE program is currently preparing courses for online delivery, however at this time we have no distance education offerings specific to the core ECE. curriculum. ECE courses are offered through Part-time Studies in each semester at a number of Georgian College campuses. A few equivalent courses are offered through Ontario Learn.

How do I apply?

Learn more about how to apply.

When will I find out if I have been accepted in to the program? How do I accept my offer?

Could I come and see either campus?

Georgian College hosts Open House events each spring and fall to help you make a decision regarding your future academic choices. These information sessions are staffed by professors and co-ordinators of the programs. All are welcome to visit. Spring Open House takes place April 9, 2016. Get more information about Spring Open House. We hope to see you here!

How do I confirm my spot?

Please check these dates through the information you received from the Office of the Registrar and confirm your space. Further instruction is then mailed to you in your Admission Information package regarding payment schedules and other details pertaining to your college experience.

Is there a financial aid program and how do I apply?

As a student you are eligible to receive OSAP grants as well as other bursaries though the Georgian College website. You can also talk to the financial aid office on campus.

What if I have additional questions?

If you are interested in attending college at the Orillia Campus, you are more than welcome to email Heather Hill, Program Co-ordinator, or call (705) 325-2740 ext. 3064.

 

If you are interested in attending college at the Owen Sound Campus, you are welcome to email Deb Bumstead, Program Co-ordinator, or call (519) 376-0840 ext. 2389.

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Owen Sound

Contact:
Deb Bumstead
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2389

Orillia

Contact:
Heather Hill
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3064

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