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 Labour, Immigration, Training and Skill Development (MLITSD).
  • Living Lab provides a realistic early years environment for hands-on learning.
  • The Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Certificate is awarded from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skill Development (MLITSD) 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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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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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.

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career.

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

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By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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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).

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.


Pathways beyond Mohawk

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Program Coordinator


Program Coordinator

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Multiple Intakes

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