Child Development Practitioner - 620C

Mohawk College Certificate
Develop the ability to foster a sense of belonging, engagement, expression and well-being in children and their families in this rewarding career.

Program Highlights

  • Students are funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).
  • Living Lab provides a realistic early years environment for hands-on learning.
  • The Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Certificate is awarded from MAESD upon successful completion of 5,000–6,000 “on-the-job” hours in addition to the completion of the competencies outlined in the "Apprenticeship Training Standards Log Book" and the ”in- school” Child Development Practitioner subjects/courses.
  • Opportunities to implement an integrated community approach to engage with children, families and professionals.
  • Independent and collaborative group work.
  • Professional learning opportunities provided by guest speakers.
  • Varied approach to assessments.

What you'll learn

  • How to foster the development of the whole child and recognize individual needs through an understanding of child development and intentional planning.
  • Observation, pedagogical documentation and reflection of best practices.
  • Current legislation and guiding principles of Ontario’s Early Years system.
  • Collaborative skills to support children and their families through responsive relationships.

Program length and format

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Apprenticeship Community 2 Levels

Accessible description of the apprenticeship program format

Start: Find an employer or sponsor for your training. 

Register: Register with Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU)

Level 1: Complete the on the job and in-school requirements.

Level 2: Complete the on the job and in-school requirements.

Completion: Become a Journeyperson by successfully completing the certificate of qualification (C of Q) Exam. 

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Fall 2020 program delivery

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  • OSSD or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English, general, advanced, C or U
  • Students must have an identified sponsor to register, i.e., Community Service Agency
  • Apprentices must first register with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development prior to enrolment in the Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Program. Call 1-800-668-4479 or visit the Ministry of Education.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Applying theory to practice through a variety of placements supporting the development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children.
  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Practicum Placement

For more information regarding the 380 hour Child Development Practitioner practicum placement, please ganimete.nuredini [at] (contact )kathy.kemp [at] (the Program Coordinator).



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Educator for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children
  • Facilitator of Family Support Programs
  • Professional Learning Consultant
  • Team teach with an Ontario Certified Teacher

Where you could work includes:

  • Child Care Centres and Early Learning Agencies.
  • Parent child drop-in centres such as EarlyON Centres
  • Professional Resource Centres
  • Supporting Children with Special Needs

Opportunities for grads

  • Membership with the Ontario College of Trades.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Tracey Richardson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2019

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