Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2023

See curriculum for: January 2023 January 2024
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 05, 2023
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,427.09 per semester*
$8,776.16 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • 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 childrens 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 childrens 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.
  • Engage in reflective practice and continuous professional learning in accordance with principles of lifelong learning, evidence-informed practices in the early years sector and requirements of the College of Early Childhood Educators.
  • 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.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

EDUC 131
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the accepted theoretical approaches to early childhood development and the current themes that influence and drive child development research today. Students will gain knowledge of normal patterns of growth and development from conception through middle childhood (0-6 years of age). As a result, this course will prepare students with the foundational knowledge required to document, plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning strategies for young children.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

EDUC 130
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce students to the changing nature of Early Childhood Education in the 21st century, and will review the various approaches to learning used by practitioners to meet children's early learning needs. Using a Constructivist approach, the student will examine the attitudes, roles and responsibilities of a professional early childhood educator. Applying a reflective practice lens, students will begin to connect their understanding of the ECE Standards of Practice and document their learning through the preparation of a professional e-portfolio.

EDUC 133
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of children's social and emotional development and it's affect on children's self regulatory behaviour. To support development, students will integrate ECE best practices into their relationships with children, daily curriculum planning and environmental design.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Semester 2

EDUC 151
Units/ Hours: 21

This course will introduce students to the importance of leadership in the early learning and care profession in Ontario. Topics such as social justice, anti-bias and advocacy will be introduced and will provide foundation for reflection and discussion.

EDUC 135
Units/ Hours: 21

This course explores the health and wellness principles that will support the Early Childhood Educator in providing healthy and safe early learning environments for young children. Emphasis is placed on environmental greening of childcare, health & nutrition for children and caregivers, as well as child protection.

FLPL 123
Units/ Hours: 112

Early Learning Practicum I expands students understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early learning environments. This course provides opportunities for students to link their understanding of development to the observed play interests of children as they plan and implement hands on learning experiences for children in a licensed early learning facility.

EDUC 132
Units/ Hours: 45

Through active engagement, this course supports student's critical thinking about play and how it connects to learning and development. Reflective planning tools are introduced which capture observations of children's theories and supports students in the presentation of extended opportunities for learning. Students will practice facilitating "Child led" learning experiences based on children's natural curiosity and inquiry.

EDUC 134
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will be taught the guiding principles necessary in preparing them for the task of observing, documenting and making sense of how children demonstrate their own thinking and competence. As students practice skills in reflection, interpretation, and collaboration they will work towards becoming keen observers in understanding how children direct their own learning in an early childhood setting.

FLPL 246
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to prepare students to plan and complete field practice experience within a licensed early learning and care environment. Students will participate in on-going reflection of professional practice.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

EDUC 140
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable Early Childhood Educators to use their knowledge of typical child development and the child's background, interests, abilities and needs to design inclusive environments and practices for young children. Students will also explore the various identified special needs and learn strategies to support children's development.

EDUC 136
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will support students in gaining an understanding of the patterns of development in Middle Childhood (ages 6-12). This foundational knowledge will provide students with the programming skills required to work with School Age Children. In addition to this, students will gain an understanding of the learning expectations for children enrolled in Full Day Kindergarten Programs in Ontario, as outlined in the Full Day Kindergarten document. This will prepare students for their role as an Early Learning Team comprised of a Kindergarten teacher and an ECE.

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

EDUC 137
Units/ Hours: 45

The early learning environment can be seen as a living laboratory embracing children's curiosity, wonderment and intelligence. In this course, the outdoor and indoor learning environments will be explored through a collaborative and reflective process. Taking on the role of researcher, the learner will evolve their personal philosophy; as they explore natural play and art opportunities; as they work to build sustainability in children's environments; as they document children's learning and, as they embrace new models of supporting children's voices in their own learning.

EDUC 138
Units/ Hours: 90

This interactive project takes students on a learning journey providing opportunities to design early learning spaces using complex and open ended materials. Students will also practice observing how learning happens, document the learning and partner with families to explore, share and celebrate children.

EDUC 139
Units/ Hours: 45

This third semester course is designed to give the student an understanding of the diverse landscape of Canadian families and culture. Valuing family knowledge is vital in fully understanding the whole child. Students will gain a deep understanding of how important seeing families as partners is through reciprocal and respectful relationship building. Building partnerships with families through effective communication and collaboration including social media, and technology will support a family centered approach to care.


Semester 4

FLPL 249
Units/ Hours: 224

In this multi-modal delivery course, students are provided with an opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills they have learned during their ECE courses in both a practice setting and seminar environment. Students attend placement in licensed childcare four days a week and participate in an integrated virtual seminar on the fifth. Students are supported by both a Professional Practice Mentor and College Pedagogical Partner as they experience the sector firsthand and practice living into the professional expectations and competencies required by our profession.

FLPL 251
Units/ Hours: 224

In this multi-modal delivery course, students are provided with a final opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills they have learned during their ECE courses in both a practice setting and seminar environment. Students attend placement in an early learning and care setting four days a week and participate in an integrated virtual seminar on the fifth. Students are supported by both a Professional Practice Mentor and College Pedagogical Partner as they live into Ontario?s pedagogy for the early years and demonstrate practice readiness according to the expectations set out in the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, 2017 and the ECE Program Standards (November 2018) outlined by the Ministry of College and Universities.