Early Childhood Education FAQs

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.