Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education (Accelerated) Ontario College Diploma program will get your career started in just one-year. This program will give you the necessary skills and experience to shape and nurture young minds. Students will learn the importance of child playing, family involvement, and curriculum design. Graduates will have a diverse set of skills and be qualified to work a variety of jobs.

Program Details

Program Code
ECE5J
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Duration Next
48 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 October
Simcoe
Open
2022 November
Simcoe
Open
2023 January
Simcoe
Open
2023 March
Simcoe
Open
2023 April
Simcoe
Open
2023 May
Simcoe
Open
2023 July
Simcoe
Open
2023 August
Simcoe
Open
2023 October
Simcoe
Open
2023 November
Simcoe
Open
2024 January
Simcoe
Open
2024 March
Simcoe
Open
2024 April
Simcoe
Open
2024 June
Simcoe
Open
2024 July
Simcoe
Open
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 August
Simcoe
Open
2023 October
Simcoe
Open
2023 November
Simcoe
Open
2024 January
Simcoe
Open
2024 March
Simcoe
Open
2024 April
Simcoe
Open
2024 June
Simcoe
Open
2024 July
Simcoe
Open

Your Learning Experience

Want to get your career off the ground in just 12 months? If so, the accelerated option of Early Childhood Education program is for you. This one-year Ontario College Diploma program will give you the skills and the hands-on experience to get you on your way. Watch our program video to learn more.

This unique program blends theory and coursework with real experience in the field, so you’ll graduate with all of the skills necessary to begin your career. You’ll develop your knowledge and professional skills in child development. You’ll learn about your valuable and specialized role in the community, the importance of play in children's learning, the family involvement, and curriculum design and implementation.

When you graduate, you’ll have a diverse and dynamic set of skills for the always evolving world of childhood education. You’ll be qualified to work in a variety of jobs including child care centres, early learning and family centres, Best Start programs, before and after school programs and with school boards.

At the end of the day, a child’s education is only as effective as their educator. The Early Childhood Education program will allow you to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children.

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Early Childhood Education program will have the knowledge and skills to work with children, families and the community in the context of early learning and development programs for children from birth to 12 years of age. Graduates will be prepared to find employment in a variety of early childhood settings, including:

  • child care centres
  • early learning and parenting centres, 
  • best start programs
  • nursery schools
  • pre-kindergarten and kindergartens
  • social and family centres
  • before and after school programs
  • community centres
  • hospital playrooms
  • centres or programs for children with exceptionalities
  • school boards

 Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Early Childhood Education (Fast Track) (Weekend) program:

Early Childhood Educator
Deliver enthusiastic and passionate support working with children aged 3 months to four years in a child care centre.

Early Childhood Education Centre Supervisor
Recruit, supervise, mentor and motivate staff to develop and deliver quality curriculum in a classroom setting.

Early Childhood Educator

Plan and implement a child care program while building relationships with families, children and community agencies.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. 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;
  7. 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 one’s own role in early years and child care settings;
  8. 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 procedures;
  9. Create and engage in partnerships with families, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care programs and services;
  10. 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.

 

Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Marie Poss

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Admission Requirements

Courses

ECE - Accelerated
Gen Ed - Take 2 General Education elective courses.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DEVL-3002Professional Development7
This course prepares students for assuming the responsibilities associated with professional practice. Students examine their personal values in the context of their professional obligations and ethical standards. The personal characteristics of the human service professional including a commitment to excellence, life long learning, professional development and wellness will also be addressed.
FLDP-3005Professional Development Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
SOCI-3014Lifespan Development4
This course prepares students to recognize developmental periods in a person's life. Emphasis will be placed on the pattern and sequence of development in each developmental period. Factors influencing development will also be considered.
FLDP-3006Lifespan Development Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
LAWS-3047Legislation7
This course give students an opportunity to review and apply the requirements of current legislation and regulatory bodies within a framework of ethical and professional standards. An emphasis will be placed on establishing safe and healthy environments and the careful consideration of changing social contexts when developing policies and procedures.
FLDP-3007Legislation Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
ECED-3031Relationships with Children7
This course emphasizes the role of the Early Childhood Educator in building emotionally healthy and supportive relationships with children and their families. Best practices for guiding children's behaviour in a developmentally appropriate fashion will be introduced and practiced.
FLDP-3010Relationships with Children Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
ECED-3032Curriculum Design7
This course emphasizes curriculum planning for children from birth to 12 years of age based on a thorough knowledge of child development. Observation and documentation as well as developmentally appropriate practices for curriculum planning will be emphasized.
FLDP-3011Curriculum Design Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
ECED-3029Family Violence9
This course prepares student s to deal with situations where a child or a parent discloses abuse or domestic violence. Ethical and legal responsibilities including identifying, documenting and reporting suspicions of abuse will be emphasized. Strategies for supporting families and children by connecting with community resources as well as opportunities to understand personal biases and feelings related to family violence will be explored.
ECED-3041Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect3
This online course examines the legislation regarding the Early Childhood Educator's legal responsibilities to identify, and report suspected child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic abuse. The course focuses on the different types of abuse including physical and behavioural indicators that a child may be abused and recognizing behaviours in abusive adults. Students will examine the causes and dynamics of child maltreatment and analyze theoretical approaches to understanding abuse in a variety of contexts and populations. Students will consider their own well-being through the course and in the future in the field by exploring a self-care strategy.
ECED-3045Studies in Brain Development7
Students will be presented with opportunities to review the current status of brain development research and will develop an appreciation of the impact this information has on parenting and Early Childhood Education pedagogy. Engagement strategies for enhancing the healthy development of growing brains will be explored.
FLDP-3028Studies in Brain Development Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
COMM-3090Communication & Advocacy7
This course focuses on professional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Students will use a variety of technological supports as a means of enhancing their recording and documentation responsibilities in their related professions. In addition, students will learn about research methods and documentation formats as a basis for developing their critical thinking and advocacy skills. The goal of this course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations as they relate to the changing social context of their practice in the community.
FLDP-3048Communication & Advocacy Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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Tuition Summary

Simcoe

Canadian Costs
$6,470.92
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$30,542.56
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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