Early Childhood Education | St. Clair College
Program Code: B101
Status: Open
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Program Code: K240
Status: Waitlisted
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September, January

January intake is for Windsor (B101) only.

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Fall 2021 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Contact:
Windsor
Angela Passador
519-972-2727 ext. 4541
Chatham
Brenda Huff
519-354-9714 ext. 3252

Dear Students:

This is to make you aware that many of our clinical placement sites are requiring students to have their first COVID vaccine, as a minimum, to be eligible to attend clinical placement. Please note that COVID vaccinations will become a part of the clinical placement clearance requirements for fall 2021. A COVID vaccination is not a requirement to attend St. Clair College, however a vaccination will be required prior to attending clinical placement. This additional requirement will be added to the list of current vaccinations required on the Medical form for clearance.

Students without their vaccinations cannot be guaranteed a clinical placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs. The Health Centre at St. Clair College can provide the physical exam and all other vaccinations except for the COVID vaccine. To obtain the COVID vaccination, Students must arrange an appointment through Public Health, a participating pharmacy, or their health care provider.

If you have any questions, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham)

Program Overview

Graduates of this program can be part of the licensed child care team supporting young children in infant, toddler, preschool or school age classrooms in developing thinking, learning, communication, physical, social and emotional skills. Registered Early Childhood Educators design and provide a curriculum that is based on the interests and the developmental level of each child. Practitioners in the field of Early Childhood Education work closely not only with children but also with families and other professionals, so excellent communication and social interaction skills are also required.

Program Highlights

  • Placements can be completed in a variety of places and locations. Placements within a variety of settings such as Francophone or Aboriginal settings and also extended hours settings.
  • Graduates are able to apply for certification to the Association for Early Childhood Education Ontario.
  • Graduates must register with the College of Early Childhood Educators to practice in the profession.
  • Registered ECE professionals design and provide a curriculum that is based on the interests and development level of each child.

Career Opportunities

Positions are available in community-based child care; Ontario Early Years and Family Centres, and in-home care. There are also positions available in Boards of Education as Registered Early Childhood Educators in Kindergarten classes as well as international opportunities for working with young children.

Transfer Agreement

ECE graduates are eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the Child and Youth Care or the Developmental Service Worker programs and take an “accelerated” one year program to earn their CYC or DSW diploma. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Important Information

This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance by mid September, you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.

Placements will be completed at a variety of locations, and may include day, afternoon, evening, weekend or split shifts.

NOTE: Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Certification must be obtained PRIOR to Field Placements.

The dress code for field placement is business casual. Students are expected to purchase supplies and in the design of developmentally appropriate activities and should expect to incur these additional costs.

Health Requirements

Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization prior to program entry.

Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of clinical placement and therefore may delay and/or prevent completion of the prescribed program.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
ECE134
Curriculum And Pedagogy I
3
ECE137
Foundations Of Early Learning And Care
3
ECE138
Observation And Documentation
3
ECE139
Building Responsive Relationships
3
ECE142
Child Development I
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
ECE221
Curriculum And Pedagogy II
3
ECE223
Field Placement And Seminar I
10
ECE224
Professionalism
2
ECE227
Child Development II
3
FAW100
Foundations Academic Writing I
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
ECE304
Well Being
2
ECE315
Inclusive Practice
3
ECE318
Field Placement and Seminar II
10
ECE322
Child Development III
3
ECE319
Community and Families
2
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
ECE400
Outdoor Education
3
ECE405
Field Placement And Seminar III
10
ECE422
Issues And Leadership
2
ECE427
Ece Advocacy
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
ECE205G
Anti-Oppression In Canadian Society
3

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Early Childhood Education (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51211)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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*.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Create and engage in partnerships with families*, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care* programs and services.
  10. Engage in reflective practice* and continuous professional learning* in accordance with principles of lifelong learning, evidence-informed practices* in the early years sector* and requirements of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

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