Early Childhood Education (Mississauga Campus - International Only) - 681

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Develop the ability to foster a sense of belonging, engagement, expression and wellbeing for children and their families in this rewarding career.

Program Highlights

  • Receive support developing a professional e-portfolio.
  • Preplacement course prepares you for entry to field practice.
  • Opportunities for specialized placements.
  • Strong community partnerships providing volunteer experiences.

What you'll learn

  • How to foster the development of the whole child through an understanding of child development and intentional planning.
  • Collaborative skills to support children and their families through responsive relationships.
  • Observation, pedagogical documentation and reflection of best practices.
  • Current legislation and guiding principles of the Early Years System.
  • Implement an integrated community approach to engage with children, families and professionals.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)


  • OSSD or equivalent including:
    • Grade 12 English C or U or equivalent (70% guideline)
  • Volunteer experience in child care recommended
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
    • TOEFL minimum score of 560 (83 Internet based)
    • or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
    • More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on the International Admission Requirements


Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

Fees have not been established for the first intake in Fall 2023.

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$113.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,918.00$8,730.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,648.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Apply theory to practice through three wide-ranging practicum placements.
  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts
  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.

Practicum Placements

  • Placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to placements within or outside the Mississauga region
  • 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 placement
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some placement agencies
  • Students are on Placement for portions of semesters 2, 3 and 4

Note: Students will be required to complete Community Disease Screening protocol before starting placement.

Become an Agency

If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Community Studies programs, please visit the Community Services Field Placements page.

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:

  • Childcare centres and early learning agencies
  • Parent and child drop-in centres, such as EarlyON centres
  • Professional Resource Centres
  • Kindergarten

Opportunities for grads

  • Membership to Affiliated Services for Children and Youth.
  • Registration to College of Early Childhood Educators (ECE) upon graduation (required for ECE designation).
  • Professional membership to Association of Early Childhood Educators.

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

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

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

Earn a degree:

  • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
  • Davenport University - BBA, General Business

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

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Tech requirements


We recommend that all computers purchased include the following items:

  • A built-in ethernet port.
  • A solid-state hard drive (SSD).
  • A built-in webcam.
  • Built-in microphone and speakers or headphones.
  • 2 hours of battery life.
  • 2-year warranty. 


Course TypeNon-IT Related ProgramsIT Related Programs
Processori5 to i7 or equivalent processori5 to i7 or equivalent processor
Memory (RAM)16GB or more32GB or more
Hard Drive (SSD)500GB or larger capacity SSD1000GB (1TB) or larger capacity SSD
USB Port1 full-size USB Port1 full-size USB Port
Graphics CardHigh-end graphics dedicated video
High-end graphics dedicated video
WirelessWireless 802.11acWireless 802.11ac
Operating SystemWindows 11 Windows 11

Note: We do not recommend using a MacBook, as software required may not be compatible with Mac OS and applications may not behave the same way as they do in Windows. If you use a MacBook, please make sure that you have Windows installed as your operating system. Chromebooks are not supported.

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