Early Childhood Education

Loyalist College
Program overview
4 semesters
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is a profession that offers a rewarding career and a wide range of employment opportunities. Registered early childhood educators are committed to supporting young children, their families and communities in settings designed to build and maintain inclusive, responsive relationships that support holistic development, optimal learning and well-being.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent

Additional requirements

  • An up-to-date immunization and Tuberculosis (two-step TB) test are required as part of the registration process.
  • Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR certification.
  • Clear, current Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • If you have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which you have not been pardoned, you may be ineligible for field placement; please contact the coordinator to discuss your options.

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

Is it for you?

You love kids. Of course you do. But is this the career for you? It may be a good fit if you have:

  • Patience and compassion
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • The ability to approach a challenge from different perspectives
  • A sense of fun

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • College Writing Skills
  • Creative Play
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Observing Early Development

First Year - Semester Two

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Infant Toddler Development
  • Infant Toddler Learning Environment
  • Practicum 1
  • Practicum Seminar 1
  • Responsive Relationships 1

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Child, Family & Community
  • Practicum 2
  • Practicum Seminar 2
  • Preschool Development
  • Preschool Learning Environment
  • Responsive Relationships 2

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Children with Exceptionalities
  • Evidence-Informed Practices
  • Policy, Advocacy & Professionalism
  • Practicum 3
  • School-Age Development
  • School-Age Learning Environment

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Experiential learning

Loyalist’s ECE program consistently ranks high in student and graduate satisfaction, combining theory with practice:

  • Design and implement curriculum to meet the diverse learning needs of children at different stages.
  • Learning emphasizes inclusive practices, partnerships with families, multiple intelligences and evidence-based practices.
  • Get a range of experiences in community early learning programs for infants , toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children.


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
  • Total: $4,184.08


Credential: Two-year Ontario College Diploma

Career paths

Find your career

Graduates work as registered early childhood educators in various settings:

  • Private and public full-day kindergarten programs
  • Before- and after-school programs
  • Child care centres
  • EarlyON child and family centres
  • Nursery schools
  • Private home child care
  • Children's services, including support with special needs, mental health services and early
  • intervention programs
  • Live-in and live-out nannies, both in Canada and abroad
  • Resource centres
  • Cruise ships and resorts
  • Children's museums, art galleries and science centres

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About this institute

Loyalist College 

Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, economic, cluster-based applied programs and research that provide career-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community....

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Why study at Loyalist College

In a world obsessed with big, we are small.

Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance.

Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming.

We are Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology.

We are small.

Contact info

Loyalist College

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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