Early Childhood Education
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General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
2 Field Placements
Academic area
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound
Winter 2022 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.

Career opportunities

Graduates are qualified to apply to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) with the College of Early Childhood Educators. Graduates may work in a variety of early learning settings, including licensed childcare programs, before-and-after school care, family home child care, early years resource centers, children’s mental health agencies, private home childcare, kindergarten programs, and recreation programs, as well as school readiness and early intervention programs. Growth is also occurring in the area of contractual employment and self-employment.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector 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.

Admission details

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 childcare setting. This experience orients and prepares the student for their academic work in the ECE program.


Program-specific Courses

  • ECED 1012 - Child Development (conception to 6 years)
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1013 - Experiences in Language Arts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1018 - Foundations in ECE
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1029 - Observation and Documentation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1030 - Music and Movement
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • ECED 1033 - Supporting Play Experiences
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1021 - Math, Science and Creative Art
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1031 - Field Placement Seminar 1
    (Semester 2 / 14 hours)
  • ECED 1034 - School Age Development and Programming
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1035 - Personal and Professional Preparation for Field Placement
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2014 - Partnerships with Families
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1036 - Field Placement: Early Learning 1- Childcare
    (Semester 2 / 280 hours)
  • ECED 1014 - Nurturing Infants and Toddlers
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 1025 - Children's Health and Wellness
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2011 - Social/Emotional Health and Behaviour
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2021 - Best Practices in Early Intervention
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENTR 1004 - Social Entrepreneurship
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2012 - Administration and Governance
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2023 - Field Placement Seminar 2
    (Semester 4 / 14 hours)
  • ECED 2025 - Ethics and Advocacy for the Field of ECE
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2027 - Adapting Play and Learning Strategies
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2031 - Curriculum and Practice
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ECED 2030 - Field Placement: Early Learning 2 Kindergarten and Unique
    (Semester 4 / 280 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 3)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)