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Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership

Fanshawe College
120 weeks
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
London (Ontario, Canada)

Program description

Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership

The education and early years landscape is rapidly evolving and requires successful and passionate leaders. Begin your journey with the innovative Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program.

This four-year early childhood education degree program will prepare you with a solid foundation in child development, pedagogy, human relationships, curriculum development and leadership skills. You will participate in applied learning, case studies, research and field placements in the community. All this culminates in one fourteen week-internship before your final year of studies, followed by your final year capstone research project. Your studies and experiences in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program will provide you not only with your Bachelor's in child development, but also with the necessary skill set to graduate and move forward into various leadership roles.

Admission requirements

OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream WITH:

  • Grade 12 English (U)

(Note: minimum final grade required is 65)

  • Mathematics ONE OF:
    • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    • Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics* (C)
    • Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    • Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)


  • Any Grade 12 Science (U) or (M)
  • Plus four additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses; *applicants applying with Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) must have five additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
  • Final minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses


  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above


Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
  • Recommended Academic Preparation
  • In addition to required mathematics courses in secondary school, students are encouraged to take additional mathematics and accounting courses.
  • Recommended Personal Preparation
  • Read about different types of learning styles and assess personal learning style to strengthen study skills prior to entering the program
  • Strengthen problem solving, critical thinking and time management skills

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

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Program content

Core Courses

Group 1

Level 1

  • Human Development-Foundations
  • Personal Wellness
  • Observing, Recording & Assessing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Principles to Practice in Early Years

Group 2

Level 2

  • Human Development-The Early Years
  • Wellness & the Young Child
  • Field Practicum 1
  • Curriculum for Early Learning
  • Field Seminar 1

Group 3

Level 3

  • Human Development to Late Adult
  • Philosophy & History of ECE
  • Family Studies-Research & Application

Group 4

Level 3

  • Reflection & Critical Thinking
  • Intro to Early Childhood Leadership

Group 5

Level 4

  • Human Development-Relationships
  • Organizational Structure
  • Field Placement 2
  • Field Seminar 2
  • Inclusive Practice

Group 6

Level 4

  • Curriculum for Young Children
  • Evidence-Based Prac in Early Childhood

Group 7

Level 5

  • Quality Assurance in ECE
  • Leadership in Learning Organizations
  • Leadership in a Tech World
  • Healthy Community-Advocacy & Leadership
  • Applied Research Methods

Group 8

Level 6

  • Human Development-Current Topics
  • Managing Projects
  • Curriculum Leadership in ECE Prgms
  • Internship Seminar

Group 9

Level 7

  • Research in Early Childhood
  • Solutions for Early Childhood Leadership
  • ECE Program & System Delivery

Group 10

Level 8

  • Current Issues-Leadership for Quality
  • Social Policy in Canada

Group 11

  • Internship

Non-Core Courses

Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:

Group 1

  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • Principles of Psychology

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 3,121.06 CAD, and the total fees are 4,080.73 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,818.50 CAD, and the total fees are 9,384.15 CAD.

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


Credential - Degree

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

  1. Analyze the interacting social and biological forces that collectively shape early brain development and set the stage for lifelong learning, behavior and health
  2. Respect families' central role in child-rearing and early learning and the impact of family structures, community support systems, culture and socio-economic status on parenting
  3. Lead the design and implementation of inclusive, effective curricula for young children, based upon a critical analysis of historical perspectives, observation, current research, and understandings of early human development
  4. Develop inclusive early intervention programs that respond to children with identified special needs
  5. Evaluate early childhood programs, engaging stakeholders in the process and addressing diverse needs of young children and families
  6. Acquire self-knowledge, critical thinking skills and professional habits of mind essential to the practice and leadership of early childhood education
  7. Apply research skills, including assessment of the research process, formulation of research questions and collection and interpretation of data, in a variety of research projects
  8. Establish responsive and reciprocal relationships with children, families, colleagues and other stakeholders
  9. Perform responsibilities in a manner consistent with ethical and professional codes of conduct; in compliance with legislative and legal requirements; and, within the defined scope of practice limitations.
  10. Advocate on behalf of children, families, colleagues and the broader community, promoting the principles of quality in early childhood programs
  11. Apply the principles of human resources, financial and facilities management to the operations of an early childhood program
  12. Collaborate with early childhood educators and other professionals in multi-disciplinary or cross-sectoral environments and across diverse domains of practice.
  13. Communicate in a professional manner in all verbal, non-verbal and written mediums

Career opportunities

This Honours Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) baccalaureate prepares graduates to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario's early childhood settings, other family support programs, and early intervention services. The goal of the program is to prepare childhood professionals with program leadership capacity to move into supervisory/director positions in a full range of early childhood programs and/or to further their studies in graduate programs such as the Bachelor of Education and Master of Education programs

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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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Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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