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Early Childhood Education (Intensive)

Algonquin College
34 weeks
Diploma / certificate
Ottawa
Algonquin College

About this program

Early Childhood Education (Intensive)

The Early Childhood Education (Intensive) Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in an intensive format over 34 weeks, prepares you to become an educator of young children in a variety of early learning settings. As a student in the Intensive program, you have relevant prior education and experiences that allow you to complete the coursework in an accelerated time frame. As a result, the program is fast-paced with frequent assignments. This program provides you with the ability to create, implement and assess play-based curricula while building stimulating child-centred environments.

Benefit from both theoretical and hands-on learning opportunities. You have three field placements during the program that focus on children from birth to age 12. These real-world experiences allow you to integrate theory with professional practice in early learning programs. You assist in providing guidance to children while planning, implementing and evaluating programs. Through your placements, you gain valuable hands-on skills and experience to help you understand the diverse roles, settings and responsibilities of an Early Childhood Educator. Upon graduation, you are eligible to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Registration with the CECE is required to be eligible to work as an Early Childhood Educator in Ontario.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Enjoy working as a member of a team.
  • Have strong language (oral and written) skills.
  • Are self-reliant and enjoy challenges.
  • Are interested in child development and teaching children through play.
  • Are comfortable using computers and other forms of technology.
  • Enjoy working with children and their families.

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent in a Human Social Services program.
  • A minimum of 150 hours of experience working with groups of children in supervised settings.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.


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Program content

Level: 01

  • Fundamentals of Communication for Early Childhood Education
  • Guiding Children's Behaviour
  • Child Psychology and Development
  • Music for Children
  • Preparation for Experience
  • Placement I
  • Seminar I
  • Fostering Children's Creativity
  • Observation Skills
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Level: 02

  • Literature for Young Children
  • Psychomotor Education
  • Placement II
  • Curriculum Design for Young Children
  • Assessment
  • Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • Programs for Young Children
  • Management of Early Learning Programs
  • Programs for Kindergarten and School Age Children.
  • Health and Safety for Children
  • Seminar II

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 

Qualification

Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships in partnerships with children, families and communities that value and respect social, cultural and linguistic diversity including Indigenous peoples` worldviews and Francophone identity.
  • Co-create, facilitate and reflect upon inquiry and play-based early years and child care programs and pedagogical approaches to support children`s learning, holistic development and well-being following children`s capabilities, interests, ideas and experiences.
  • Co-design and maintain inclusive early learning environments to value and support equitable, accessible and meaningful learning opportunities for all children, their families and communities in a range of early years and child care settings.
  • Collaborate with children, families, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate and promote safe and healthy early learning environments, to support independence, reasonable risk-taking and healthy development and well-being.
  • Use observation strategies to identify children`s strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children and families might benefit from additional support or community resources.
  • Use professional communication in interactions with children, families, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body, government authorities and children`s service agencies, to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector.
  • Act in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, agency policies and procedures and principles of evidence-informed practice and reflect upon their impact on one`s own role in early years and child care settings.
  • Identify, report and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedures.

Career paths

After graduation and registration as an ECE, you may find employment as an educator in:

  • early learning and care programs
  • nursery schools
  • kindergartens
  • community health agencies
  • home childcare organizations
  • entrepreneurial opportunities

The intensive program is an accelerated, 34-week alternative to the Early Childhood Education program. It is for those who have completed a degree or diploma program in a related field of study.

Due to their previous work, students in the intensive program bring relevant skills, education, and experiences to the educational environment. As a result, this program is fast-paced with an increased course load and frequent assignments requiring students to be able to work both effectively both independently and in group settings.

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario
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