Can I apply if I don't have an ECE Diploma?
No, you must have an ECE Diploma. However, if the College of ECEs has recognized your Diploma/Certificate as equivalent, then you may apply with your RECE registration number. Please view the Admission & Registration tab on the Early Childhood Education Resource Consulting program page for Admission requirements and to apply.
How will I know if I have been accepted?
The Continuing Education Office will notify students via email when an admission decision has been made.
When will I get more information?
More information is sent to students once they confirm their offer. If you have any questions before then, please contact us.
How long is the program?
It is recommended students complete 2 core courses in each of the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters. Students who follow the part-time program of studies by completing the courses outlined each semester, as well as complete their field placements, can expect to achieve this graduate certificate in 1 year. However, students may also complete 1 core course each term for 6 consecutive semesters, in addition to the field work, and achieve their certificate in 2 years.
What if I need longer or want to complete the program sooner?
Students who are unable to complete the recommended number of courses per semester 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 the Program of Studies has been updated to reflect industry standards, the College may require a student to repeat a subject area.
How much does the program cost?
There is no overall program fee; you pay only the tuition fees and textbook fees for each individual course. Fees are based on the length of a course. Because fees change, they are listed for only those courses scheduled to run in the upcoming semester.
Do I need textbooks?
Most courses utilize a variety of web-based resources that will be linked/available through the online learning portal once you are registered. However, if a textbook is required, students can use the Mohawk Bookstore web page to search for their required materials.
How can I apply for an Exemption?
Students who have taken courses similar to those in the Program of Studies at Mohawk College or another academic institution may apply for an exemption to receive credit for the course(s). Exemptions are processed online after students have been accepted to the program. A valid student number is required. It is recommended that students have successfully completed at least one core course prior to applying for an exemption. Note that exemptions are granted by the individual academic area. Review Course Exemptions (opens new window) to read more about the exemption process.
Can I get credit for Prior Learning/Experience?
Students who have experience inside and outside the traditional classroom, in volunteer and work settings, are eligible to receive credit for their learning. Credit for Prior Learning is processed after students have been accepted to the program. A valid student number is required. Visit the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition website (opens new window) for more information.
What are the placement requirements?
Two placements working with children with exceptionalities and their families are required in order to graduate.
Students who are not currently employed somewhere suitable to complete practicums can make arrangements for placements to occur in 5-day blocks, a few days a week, or over half days.
Students with occasional or full-time work experience in childcare can apply for PLAR. Recognition will require letters of confirmation and reference, course assignments, supervisor evaluation, and proof of employment. Contact the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (opens new window) office for details.
Can I select my own site(s) for placement?
Yes, many students complete their placements with/through their place of employment as long as the employer agrees and all course objectives can be met. However, students who are not employed in childcare centres will also be able to select choices of schools/centres in their neighbourhood/preferred area.
Will I get hired?
Many Mohawk College graduates are hired at the schools in which they have completed a placement after building great relationships with the staff and children. However, all sites have independent hiring practices. Students are encouraged to connect with the Human Resources department of the school board they are seeking employment with as to their application procedures/timelines. Many school boards utilize the Apply to Education website (opens new window) where employee profiles and job opportunities are posted. Many childcare centres utilize the Affiliated Services for Children and Youth website (opens new window) for postings as well.