Early Childhood Education - 213

Ontario College Diploma
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Learn how to foster the physical, emotional and educational development of children in this rewarding career.
Mohawk College Early Childhood Education
Overview
Program Length: ~ 2-3 years
Cost: ~ $220-$550 per course + textbooks
Intakes: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Application Process: Application must be submitted online. You must also submit your official Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) transcript, or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation). Access the online application.

Learn more financial support through the Ontario Early Childhood Educators Upgrade and Leadership Program.

This part-time program has been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as an Early Childhood Educator or are already working in the field and wish to upgrade their qualifications.

The provincially-approved curriculum has been designed to develop the aptitudes, knowledge and skills ECEs need to work with, and support children and their families in their early educational experiences. Through a carefully designed program of studies that combines theory and hands-on practice in field placements, candidates prepare to create vibrant environments for young children, support exploration, inspire learning and nurture creativity.

The program is equivalent to the two-year, full-time ECE Diploma program offered at Mohawk and other community colleges. The part-time, format enables students to learn while continuing with current full-time employment and/or personal responsibilities.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Community Services & Support

Applicants to the program must meet the following minimum requirements.

  1. Submit an Official Grade 12 transcript showing OSSD or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation) including Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent - (70% guideline)

    All applicants who do not meet or are missing the academic eligibility requirements for this program may take a pre-admission test. The pre-admission test is done on a referral-basis only. You need to indicate on your application that you require a pre-admission test, included your date of birth, and our admissions secretary will send a referral to the testing centre for you and let you know your next steps once a referral has been made. Please do not indicate that you require a pre-admission test if you plan on submitting an original transcript. 

    All applicants submitting prior academic history completed outside of Canada must provide confirmation of equivalence to an Ontario Secondary Diploma. This can be coordinated through any of the following:
     
  2. Attend Program Orientation in September. Date and details to follow once offers have been accepted.

Recommended Requirements

  1. Current volunteer experience in childcare.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

    Students who struggle with communications or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communication Centre.

    These students are also encouraged to take COMM11040 instead of COMMLL041 for added understanding and support. Both meet the graduating requirements of the Program of Studies.
  3. Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access)

    Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering an online delivery option. To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE inventory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

Additional Requirements (for Field Placements only)

  1. Formal Police Clearance (Vulnerable Sector Screening) 

    Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.

  2. Communicable Disease Screening

Recommended Requirements for Field Placements

  1. Current Standard First Aid and CPR- Level C. CPR-C will need to be current.

The part-time ECE program provides students the opportunity to achieve their ECE Diploma in as little as two years. By taking online courses as well as evening face-to-face courses, students can continue to balance personal and professional priorities while completing course work.

Students may begin taking open courses prior to admission into the ECE Program:

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies.

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Click on the course code below to check current availability and for registration information

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUC10074 Responsive Care Infant & Toddler This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore positive, respectful and responsive communications in working with infants and toddlers. It will examine the characteristics of infant and toddler development and explore the processes of secure attachment. By relating concepts and principles of child development to an infant and toddler curriculum, the student will be able to explain strategies that support, encourage and extend learning in an infant and toddler environment. While learning how to present experiences and stimulate development in infants and toddlers, students will be able to design and appropriate infant and toddler environment and develop curriculum to support developmentally appropriate practice. 42 hours.
EDUC10093 Field Placement Prep Students will have opportunity to collaborate in a supportive environment with peers while preparing requirements for field placements. 14 hours.
EDUCEC115 Learning Environment 1 Plan, organize, implement and evaluate program ideas and activities. With the importance of play as a means for learning in mind, develop a repertoire of resources by setting up an engaging and stimulating learning environment, and learning how to present activities to young children. 42 hours.
EDUCEC121 Child Development & Behaviour 1 Examine normal growth and developmental patterns of children as they change from the neonate, through infancy and toddlerhood. Consider milestones, behaviours, abilities and emergent skills of these key periods of development. Interpret behaviour from a developmental perspective aimed at meeting the holistic needs of children within a particular stage/age range. Apply study the theories, principles and neuro-research of child development. 42 hours.
EDUCEC128 Parent Teacher Child Relationship 1 Apply a variety of observation techniques to enhance work with children, families and co-workers. Establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children and groups of children to develop and maintain effective interpersonal communication, in a variety of modes with children, families, co-workers, employers/agencies and individuals. 42 hours.
HLTHEC101 Health, Safety & Nutrition Apply the basic principles of health, safety & nutrition in young children. Transfer the principles of health policies and practices to situations in child care settings. 28 hours.

Option Group – Select 1 Course

COMM11040 Communication D Communication is an introductory college level English course. Through a variety of assignments, successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students with basic skills to college level foundational skills. 56 hours.
COMMLL041 Communication Communication is an introductory college level English course. Students exiting this course will demonstrate competence in grammar, sentence structure, and writing skills. Successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students to college level foundation skills. 42 hours.

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUCEC215 Learning Environment 2 Keeping in mind the importance of play and recognizing that children's interests and abilities are key components of effective learning environments, develop advanced skills in planning curriculum for children. Plan developmentally appropriate circles and group time activities to meet the interests and abilities of children. 42 hours.
EDUCEC221 Child Development & Behaviour 2 Apply theories and principles of child development as it pertains to early childhood and middle childhood years. As we explore the changes evident in developing children from physical, intellectual, language, social and emotional perspective, consider the milestones, behaviours, abilities and emergent skills of these key periods of child development. Interpret behaviour from a developmental perspective aimed at meeting the holistic needs of children within a particular stage/age range. 42 hours.
EDUCEC228 Parent Teacher Child Relationship 2 Explore how learning in all areas of development is enhanced through positive, responsive adult-child interactions. Develop an anti-oppressive approach in early childhood settings through the application of observational data and examine present day trends in parent-teacher-child relationships. 42 hours.
WORK10156 ECE Practicum 1 Practice teaching experiences and observation of young children in this entry to practice placement will occur in a variety of early learning and child care settings. Students will be supported throughout their field placement experience while examining Pedagogy of the Early Years with focus on the four foundations: belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression. Working within a team, building professional connections, and developing authentic relationships with children will be a focus. 227.9 hours.
OPELXXXXX General Education Elective 1 This course represents your first requirement to complete a General Education elective. General education courses are intended to broaden your educational experience, and help you to develop new perspectives on your life and career. These courses must focus on content that is separate from your core area of study, and must reflect at least one of the five themes of general education as defined by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, Understanding Science and Technology. 42 hours

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUC10113 Advocacy, Ethics, and Policy Examine research into the impact of quality in child care, the importance of advocacy, child abuse, and other current issues. Contribute ideas of interest or concern and to participate actively in discussion. Develop the skill in locating, reviewing and critiquing related research literature, and to prepare to fulfill professional responsibilities in the area of child abuse. 42 hours.
EDUCEC301 Inclusion in the ECE Classroom Examine attitudes toward children with special needs and the concept of inclusion and integration of children with special needs.Integrated programs will be explored and class-wide adaptive programming will be examined and practiced. Develop an awareness of diversity around the area of exceptionality. 42 hours.
EDUCEC323 ECE Curriculum 1 Integrate and evaluate various curriculums and theories of early learning. Reflect on the impact of diverse beliefs and values systems and the role in curriculum development. 42 hours.
EDUCEC420 Parents as Partners Examine professional ethics and partnership practices as it relates to working with children and families. Engage in intrapersonal and interpersonal learning opportunities focused on enhancement of communication and support strategies in order to promote professional practice. Within an anti-bias framework, engage in opportunities to gain insight into self and others. Expand awareness of the "collaborative partnership" approach to development and learning, within the context of culture, family, and society. 42 hours.
WORK10157 ECE Practicum 2 Students will continue to practice observing children and plan experiences related to their interests and developmental ability. Students will be supported throughout their field placement experience while examining Pedagogy of the Early Years with focus on the four foundations: belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression. The importance of professional development will be a focus. 227.9 hours.

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUC10114 Supervising for Leadership and Quality Apply relevant legislation and necessary administrative procedures for operating a child care centre. Reflect on the importance of the supervisor/administrator's role in establishing an effective team and mentoring relationship, personnel management, and the role of professional and community resources. 42 hours.
EDUCEC129 Family Dynamics Explore the relationship between the individual and the family and the meaning of family within a socially diverse context. Examine the dynamics, changes and challenges within families, and enhance self-awareness regarding personal experiences, beliefs and values. 42 hours.
EDUCEC423 ECE Curriculum 2 Co-plan curriculum to support the interests and intelligences of children, based on documentation, in a respectful environment. Explore the impact of philosophy on curriculum design, as will the impact of reflection on practice. 42 hours.
OPELXXXXZ General Education Elective 2 This course represents your second requirement to complete a General Education elective. General education courses are intended to broaden your educational experience, and help you to develop new perspectives on your life and career. These courses must focus on content that is separate from your core area of study, and must reflect at least one of the five themes of general education as defined by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, Understanding Science and Technology. 42 hours.
WORK10158 ECE Curriculum 3 Building on the skills from the previous two placements, students will have opportunities to pursue their special interest and passion in an alternative placement experience. In these varied settings, students will engage with children, families, staff, and other professionals. The Essential Employability Skills outcomes are the focus of this placement. Students will be supported throughout their field placement experience with further enhancing students understanding of Pedagogy for the Early Years with focus on the four foundations: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression. Professional networking will be an integral part of the student's learning. 227.9 hours.

In Continuing Education, there are three semesters each year: fall, winter, and spring/summer. If a student is unable to complete the recommended courses per semester then they should still complete core courses in the suggested order. As much as part-time studies enable students to work at their own pace, all students need to be aware that, as per the Program Promotion and Graduation Requirements policy (opens PDF, 56kb), to be eligible for graduation, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of current competencies outlined in the Program of Studies applicable at the time of graduation. In cases where study has been interrupted or a Programs of Study have been updated to reflect industry standards, the College may require a student to repeat a subject area.

The Early Childhood Education Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities!

Industries of Employment:

  • School Boards (Full Day Kindergarten)
  • Childcare Agencies
  • Municipal, Non-Profit or Private Day Care Centres with educational care for infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children
  • Half-day Nursery Schools, Cooperative Preschools, Home Day Care Settings
  • Parent-child Drop-In Centres, Professional Resource Centres, Hospital Playrooms, District School Boards

Occupational Categories

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Supporting Facilitators for Children with Special Needs
  • Program Planners for Children and Families

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Diploma program may also be interested in Degree Transfer or Post-Graduate opportunities!

  • Apply for advanced standing in university degree programs with Brock University, Carleton University, Nipissing University, Ryerson University and Charles Sturt University.
  • Apply for ECE Leadership and Administration certificate to pursue leadership and supervisory roles in early learning, and care settings.
  • Apply for ECE Resource Consulting Certificate to pursue consultant roles for children and families with exceptionalities.