Early Childhood Education Enjoy engaging faculty. Experience exciting, project-based classes. Choose a variety of hands-on experiences in the ECE field.

General information

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Owen Sound, Orillia
Winter 2019 Orillia

Program description

In this program, students learn to facilitate the development of children from birth to 12 years while encouraging their feelings of self-worth and social-emotional resiliency. Students design and implement play-based experiences, focusing on children’s interests through indoor and outdoor play opportunities. Students learn the importance of being responsive caregivers while respecting diversity, identity and the rights of children and families. Partnerships with families, other professionals, and community programs form the foundation of working in the field of early learning and care. Field placements provide students with the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills as they engage with children and adults. Students are offered 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.

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 6 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 Foundations to ECE
  • ECED1025 Children's Health and Wellness
  • ECED1029 Observation and Documentation
  • ECED1030 Music and Movement
  • ECED1031 Field Placement Seminar 1
  • ECED2021 Best Practices in Early Intervention
  • ECED2023 Field Placement Seminar 2
  • ECED2025 Ethics and Advocacy
  • ECED2027 Adaptive Communication Strategies
  • ENTR1004 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • ECED1033 Supporting Play Experiences
  • ECED1034 School Age Development and Programming
  • ECED1035 Preparation for Field Placement
  • ECED2031 Curriculum and Practice

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

  • ECED1036 Field Placement: Early Learning 1- Childcare
  • ECED2030 Field Placement: Early Learning 2 Kindergarten and Unique