This program emphasizes traditional healing methods and provides students with the unique opportunity to develop self-awareness and the mental and spiritual healing so often needed by care givers. An appreciation for natiGraduates will be rewarded by their direct work with young children and their families as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. The opportunity for career advancement, financial and job security are also attractive characteristics in the field of early childhood education.
- Graduates are eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement in St. Clair's DSW and CYW programs
- University graduates of Arts and Social Sciences will be granted credit towards this program - Please refer to ECE Accelerated
- Graduates may be granted credit toward a Bachelor of Arts degree at Nipissing University or the University of Windsor
- Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the Association for Early Childhood Education Ontario
Working as early childhood educators and child care workers, graduates are uniquely prepared to address the culturally-based and culturally specific needs of First Nations communities.
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.
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.
Accepted applicants must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization prior to entry into the program.
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.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
VLO 11 below is specific to ECE Diploma programs that are known as Indigenous* Early Childhood Education Programs (MTCU Code 51211). Graduates of these programs have reliably demonstrated Vocational Outcomes 1-10 in addition to VLO 11.
- Engage with Indigenous* children*, families* and communities to co-create, implement and evaluate Indigenous* early years and child care* and child and family programs and environments that are culturally* sensitive and culturally* relevant to the communities they serve.