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Updated: 2024-04-24 10:35:47

Early Childhood Education (Advanced Standing) (P-T)

This program is specifically designed for individuals who are currently working in the field of early childhood education and who wish to earn their ECE diploma while continuing to work. Courses take place virtually in the evenings.

Alternate delivery options are available

This program is also offered Advanced Standing

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code

ECD

Delivery

Online

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Tanya Pye

Program Coordinator

Tuition information is unavailable at this time

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Canadian Students

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January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code

ECD

Delivery

Online

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Tanya Pye

Program Coordinator

Tuition information is unavailable at this time

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

May 05, 2025

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

ECD

Delivery

Online

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Tanya Pye

Program Coordinator

Tuition information is unavailable at this time

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

September 02, 2025

Domestic Availability

Closed

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

ECD

Delivery

Online

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Tanya Pye

Program Coordinator

Tuition information is unavailable at this time

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

January 05, 2026

Domestic Availability

Coming Soon

International Availability

Coming Soon

Program Code

ECD

Delivery

Online

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Tanya Pye

Program Coordinator

Tuition information is unavailable at this time

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

May 04, 2026

Domestic Availability

Coming Soon

International Availability

Coming Soon

Program Code

ECD

Delivery

Online

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Tanya Pye

Program Coordinator

Tuition information is unavailable at this time

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

This part-time, 4 semester program builds on the skills you have already acquired while working in the field of Early Childhood Education. With successful Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition “PLARs”, you may be able to complete the program within 3 semesters.

Learn how to support, encourage and promote a young child’s growth and development through observation and implementation of creative play based learning experiences.

At Fleming College, Early Childhood Education students have unique opportunities to engage in active classroom learning environments that equip students with the skills and knowledge required to work with children (birth to 12 years).

All courses are based on a philosophy that encourages inclusive practices and partnerships with families. An emphasis is placed on applying what’s learned in the classroom to real–world settings, preparing students to start their careers as early childhood educators.

A smaller program size means more individual attention in the classroom and customized field placements.

The program is designed to provide varied and extensive applied learning opportunities -from courses like Interactive Learning with Children and Families and Early Learning Practicums in semesters two, three and four. An interactive online course and a teamwork project “Creating Your Own Childcare” in the final semester consolidates and concludes your ECE learning.

Fleming offers support services to assist students in the further development of fundamental life and learning skills important to successfully complete the program. These skills include being able to work independently, participate in a team, organizational abilities, taking initiative and developing good work habits.

Funding may be available to students through the Government of Ontario’s Qualification Upgrade Program under the ECE Education Grant. You must enroll and be accepted into the program before you can apply for funding. It is recommended to gather all required documents and apply for funding as early as possible. The application can be found here.

To succeed in this program and in an ECE career, you need:

  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Experience working with young children
  • Well-adjusted, grounded personality
  • A good sense of humour and imagination
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Creativity

Having an Early Childhood Educator diploma can provide you with the knowledge and tools to be successful in your career and help you achieve the goal of becoming a Registered Early Childhood Educator.

There is an extremely high rate of related employment for graduates. As an Early Childhood Educator you will find work in child care centers, nursery schools, home day care programs, before and after school programs, early learning and parenting centers, resource services and Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten classrooms. Possibilities that are more exotic include children’s programming at resorts or on cruise ships. Graduates are also qualified to become owner/operators of child care centers.

In order to practice in Ontario as an Early Childhood Educator, graduates must apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Graduates of Fleming College will meet the education requirements for registration. For more information please visit www.college-ece.ca

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students studying in the Early Childhood Education program. To qualify for the IPD, students must take and successfully complete GNED49 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies and GNED128 - Indigenous Knowledges, along with a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences that will be incorporated into the final portfolio assignment in GNED128. The student’s transcript will indicate the IPD designation. Upon graduation, students with an IPD will have a strong foundational basis in Indigenous Studies, and a designation that will be marketable in the employment sector.

Depending on your course of study based on PLAR, there will be additional costs for textbooks.

Each semester students will be required to apply for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) at a cost of about $157 per PLAR to receive credit for previous learning through formal or informal study, work and life experience.

If students attend placement, they will need the ability to lift children up to five years of age and diaper children of all ages. Please consult the program Coordinator if there is concern regarding the physical expectations of the program.

Non Academic Requirements

Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

  • Create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships in partnerships with children, families and communities that value and respect social, cultural and linguistic diversity including Indigenous peoples worldviews and Francophone identity.
  • Co-create, facilitate and reflect upon inquiry and play-based early years and child care programs and pedagogical approaches to support children's learning, holistic development and well-being following children's capabilities, interests, ideas and experiences.
  • Co-design and maintain inclusive early learning environments to value and support equitable, accessible and meaningful learning opportunities for all children, their families and communities in a range of early years and child care settings.
  • Collaborate with children, families, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate and promote safe and healthy early learning environments to support independence, reasonable risk-taking and healthy development and well-being.
  • Use observation strategies to identify children's strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children and families might benefit from additional support or community resources.
  • Use professional communication in interactions with children, families, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body, government authorities and children's service agencies to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector.
  • Act in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, agency policies and procedures and principles of evidence-informed practice and reflect upon their impact on ones own role in early years and child care settings.
  • Identify, report and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedure.
  • Create and engage in partnerships with families, communities, colleagues, inter-disciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care programs and services.
  • Create and engage in partnerships with families, communities, colleagues, inter-disciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care programs and services.
  • OPTIONAL engage with Indigenous children, families and communities to co-create, implement and evaluate Indigenous early years and child care and child and family programs and environments that are culturally sensitive and culturally relevant to the communities they serve.

Students applying to Early Childhood Education (Advanced Standing) (P-T) must meet the following requirements:

  • Three-year diploma or degree
  • Proof of English language proficiency required
  • OR Minimum of six months of Early Childhood Education related industry experience detailed in a resumé, reference letter from ECE employer, and a one-page letter stating your intent for taking the program.

Other program requirements:

PC / Windows

  • Operating System:
    Windows 10
  • Processor:
    Core i5 - 1.6Ghz minimum
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Apple / MacOS

  • Operating System:
    MacOS 10.12 or newer
  • Processor:
    Core i5 6th Gen or better
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Internet Connection: 2.5 Mbps Download and 3.0 Mbps Upload (minimum)

Students are required to have their own computer, internet access, webcam and microphone.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Program Code: DSW

Ontario College Diploma

Sutherland Campus

September 2024, January 2025, September 2025, January 2026

Program Code: ED

Ontario College Diploma

Sutherland Campus

September 2024, September 2025

Program Code: SW

Ontario College Diploma

Sutherland Campus

September 2024, January 2025, May 2025, September 2025, January 2026, May 2026

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