Human Services

Early Childhood Education
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General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Orillia, Owen Sound
Winter 2018 Orillia

Program description

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.

Why study Early Childhood Education at Georgian?

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.

Georgian’s ECE program has several articulation agreements with a number of university programs offering many desirable options for our graduates. Get more information about pathways.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

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.

Criminal reference 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.


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


Mandatory Courses

ECED1012 Child Development: Conception to 4 years
ECED1013 Experiences in Language Arts
ECED1014 Nurturing Infants and Toddlers
ECED2011 Social/Emotional Health and Behaviour
ECED2012 Administration and Performance Management
ECED2014 Partnerships with Families
ECED1021 Math, Science and Creative Art
ECED1018 Introduction to ECE
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
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

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