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Early Childhood Education

Fanshawe College
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
London (Ontario, Canada)
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About this program

Early Childhood Education

This program blends theory with hands-on application of theoretical principles delivered through course work and field practicum. Students in this program will develop their knowledge and professional skills in areas such as child development and best practices in early childhood; the early childhood educator's role and responsibilities; the importance of play in children's learning; family involvement and curriculum design and implementation.When the student graduates they will have the knowledge and necessary skills to work with children, families and community in the context of early learning and development programs for children from birth to age 12. The student will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including child care centres, early learning and family centres, Best Start programs, before and after school programs and with school boards.

Admission requirements

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

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies
  • Foundations of ECE
  • Emotional Development & Early Relations
  • Child Development: Intro
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Field Orientation

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Communications for Community Studies
  • Child Development: 0-3 Years
  • Field Practicum 0-3 Years
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy: 0-3 Years
  • Health Safety & Nutrition in ECE 2
  • Partnerships with Families
  • Field Seminar: 0-3 Years 1

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Educational Perspectives
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Field Practicum 3-6 Years
  • Child Development: 3-6 Years
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy: 3-6 Years
  • Promoting Pro-Social Behaviour
  • Field Seminar: 3-6 Years 1

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Child Development: 6-12 Years
  • Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Professionalism, Ethics & Advocacy
  • Best Practices: Reflective Practitioner
  • Canadian Families Change & Diversity
  • Field Practicum 0-12 Years

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

This program is now offered in an online format beginning September 2020. Students complete the program in an online environment with the exception of mandatory field placements in semesters 2, 3 and 4 of the program.

If you are thinking about completing your diploma online you can assess your readiness with Fanshawe's Online Readiness Indicator, a measure of the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment is the right fit for you.

Program Offered: Full-time, part-time day, part-time evening (Continuing Education), online


Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 1,360.26 CAD, and the total fees are 2,113.64 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,233.50 CAD, and the total fees are 8,592.86 CAD.

Please note fees are subject to change. Please visit Fanshawe’s website for the most up to date information.


Diploma; University Transfer

Career paths

Graduates find employment in a variety of early childhood settings: nursery schools and child care centres, pre-kindergartens and kindergartens, community, social and family centres, hospital playrooms, centres or programs for children with exceptionalities.

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About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded college located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

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