• Overview - 2019/2020

    How about this schedule option for earning your diploma - attend classes for full days Saturday and Sunday one weekend per month, while the rest is offered online. If shaping and nurturing the young minds of the future while enjoying a satisfying and in-demand career interests you, Fanshawe's Early Childhood Education program will give you the skills and the hands-on experience to get you on your way.

    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.

    2018-2019 dates:

    September 8 and 9, 2018: Orientation on September 8.
    September 29 and 30, 2018
    October 20 and 21, 2018
    November 17 and 18, 2018
    December 8 and 9, 2018

    January 26 and 27, 2019
    February 23 and 24, 2019
    March 23 and 24, 2019
    April 13 and 14, 2019

    No in-class sessions May to August.

    Frequently asked questions

    Program coordinator:

    Sheryl Third
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4423

    Field coordinator:

    Kim Woods
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4714

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    An Ontario College Diploma in Community Studies
    OR
    A University Degree in Social Sciences
    OR
    A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Courses

    Early Childhood Education (Fast Track)-2019/2020

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ECED-1084Foundations of ECE3
    This course provides an introduction to the foundations and principles of early childhood education. It identifies the importance of a play based pedagogical approach to 'How Does Learning Happen?' Students will examine the role of the Early Childhood Educator in maintaining an inclusive, child centered and developmentally appropriate practice.
    ECED-1005Health Safety & Nutrition in ECE2
    This course will identify components of a safe and healthy environment which meets the requirements of current legislation and regulatory bodies. The nutritional and health needs of young children are identified, and the implementation of appropriate environments and practices are discussed.
    ECED-1075Child Development: 0-3 Years3
    In this course students will explore theories of child development that inform pedagogy and practice prenatal through the first three years of life. Brain structure and function during this critical period of development will be analyzed. Sensitive and responsive interaction strategies and their connection to belonging, well-being, engagement and expression of the young child will be explored. The implications of temperament and attachment in the early years will be appraised.
    ECED-1053Promoting Pro-Social Behaviour3
    This course explores the need for Early Childhood Educators to establish relationships, support play and foster children's acceptance within the peer group. It examines strategies for creating an environment and curriculum that enhance positive peer interactions and pro-social behaviour. Based on research in resilience, this course identifies risk and protective factors affecting emotional development, and impacting behaviour in early childhood settings. Students explore specific strategies for Early Childhood Educators to promote resilience in children at risk.
    ECED-1076Curriculum & Pedagogy: 0-3 Years3
    This course examines the critical role of the early childhood educator in establishing sensitive and responsive relationships with children zero-3. This course focuses on understanding and responding to children's needs and interests through the integration of the principles from 'How does learning happen?' Students will have opportunities to facilitate observation based learning experiences using resource documents and video analysis. As this course is focused on understanding and responding to infant and toddler development, emphasis is placed on supporting children's strengths, needs, and interests through both planned and spontaneous curriculum.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    SOCI-3003Canadian Families:Change & Diversity3
    This course introduces students to different windows (theories) to understanding the issues families and children face. These sociological theories or perspectives are used to guide our thinking as applied to family life in all its forms. The intent is to learn how to best support the lives of children and parents as they work through various stressors to achieve success in their social worlds of education, work and leisure. The course is focused on the changing worlds and social structures that affect Canadian families, with particular emphasis on how the increasingly diverse nature of families shape policy, interactions, life-ways as well as living their day to day lives. Students will be encouraged to recognize the historical nature that has built Canadian values and the increasing challenges presented by achieving postmodern lives, GBLTQIP, ethnicity, economics, immigration and diversity that continue to shape beliefs, traditions and Canadian culture. Diversity both directly and indirectly shapes the experiences of all Canadian children. Students will develop skill in critical thinking and basic research and apply this knowledge to family and children's lives. Small picture or family issues are analyzed through the perspectives of economics, globalization, and culture.
    ECED-3003Educational Perspectives2
    This course compares and evaluates Early Childhood Education philosophies and theories from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The emphasis will be on the student integrating current knowledge with experience from the field practicum, into a personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education.
    ECED-3042Curriculum & Pedagogy: 3-6 Years3
    This course examines and engages with the concepts of play-based learning, emergent curriculum, and child centred pedagogy. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of how observation and documentation can be used to facilitate play-based learning environments that are responsive to children's needs and interests. Students will practice the skills necessary to become reflective practitioners by learning to observe and interpret children's behavior, and to plan and implement curriculum that is responsive and engaging.
    ECED-3038Child Development: 3-6 Years3
    In this course students will examine theories of preschool and kindergarten development and their impact on current pedagogy and practice. Preschool and kindergarten continuums will be utilized as a foundation to articulate development. Brain structure and function and their impact on the multi-faceted growth and development of the child will be investigated. Ethical and objective documentation, and the role of the early childhood educator in scaffolding child development will be explored.
    ECED-3040Professionalism, Ethics & Advocacy3
    In this course, students will consider issues and perspectives that influence the professional behaviour and image of early childhood education, including implementation of a common philosophy, ethics, advocacy, and ongoing professional development. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own professionalism and appreciate the valuable contribution made by early childhood educators, both individually and collectively, to the broad spectrum of services for children and families.
    ECED-3044Best Practices: Reflective Practitioner3
    In this course students will have the opportunity to integrate and consolidate theoretical and practical learning while applying an understanding of reflective practice and pedagogical leadership in the context of best practice in the field of early education. Development is documented and supported through the revision and development of a professional e-portfolio.

    Level 4Credits
    Take the following Mandatory Courses:
    FLDP-1022Field Practicum 0-3 Years4.4
    In a child care setting with infants, toddlers or preschoolers students will have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of child development, play based curriculum by implementing 'How Does Learning Happen', using appropriate and inclusive practice through routines, interactions and experiences which encourage play and exploration. Students will foster nurturing and supportive relationships, responding sensitively to the children's needs and utilizing guidance techniques that balance autonomy and security. Professional attitudes and behaviours are expected.
    FLDP-3023Field Practicum 3-6 Years4.4
    In a Full Day Kindergarten setting with children ages 3-6 years, students will have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of child development, play based curriculum by implementing the Full Day Kindergarten Document, using appropriate and inclusive practice through routines, interactions and experiences which encourage play, exploration and inquiry based learning. Students will foster nurturing and supportive relationships, responding sensitively to the children's needs and utilizing guidance techniques that balance autonomy and security. Professional attitudes and behaviours are expected.
    FLDP-3024Field Practicum 0-12 Years4.4
    In an Early Years setting with children ages 0-12 years, students will have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of child development, play based curriculum by implementing the Early Childhood Education documents They will use appropriate and inclusive practice through routines, interactions and experiences which encourage play, exploration and inquiry based learning. Students will foster nurturing and supportive relationships, responding sensitively to the children's needs and utilizing guidance techniques that balance autonomy and security. Professional attitudes and behaviours are expected.
    ECED-3041Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect3
    This online course provides information regarding the Early Childhood Educator's legal responsibilities in identifying and reporting suspicions of child abuse, domestic abuse and neglect. The course focuses on the different types of abuse including physical and behavioural indicators of abuse and behaviours in abusive adults. Strategies for supporting families and children are also covered including the most current literature on resiliency.
    FLDP-3027Field Seminar: 3-6 Years1
    This course is designed to integrate theory with practice, as well as to provide peer support for problem solving and sharing successful practicum experiences. This gives students an open forum to write, discuss, practice and reflect on the skills, knowledge and dispositions needed to be successful in the field. The students will continue to develop their professional e-portfolio as a tool for documenting their skills and knowledge and ongoing professional learning.
    FLDP-1024Field Seminar: 0-3 Years1
    This course is designed to integrate theory with practice, as well as to provide peer support for problem solving and sharing successful practicum experiences. This gives students an open forum to write, discuss, practice and reflect on the skills, knowledge and dispositions needed to be successful in the child care field. The students will develop a professional e-portfolio as a tool for documenting their skills, knowledge of the Vocational Learning Outcomes and ongoing professional learning.

    Gen Ed -Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 2

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 14 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    When the student graduates they will have the knowledge and necessary skills to work with children, families and community in the context of early learning and development programs for children from birth to age twelve.

    The student will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including child care centres, early learning and parenting centres, Best Start programs, before and after school programs and with school boards.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Twelve-Month Ontario College Diploma Program
    A Weekend College Program
    Program Code: ECE7
    Campus Code: LCQ (LCQ - London-Weekend)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at
    www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224

    Program Description

    This diploma program blends theory with hands-on application of theoretical principles delivered through course work and field practicum.

    Students in this program will develop their knowledge and professional skills in areas such as child development and best practices in early childhood; the early childhood educator's role and responsibilities; the importance of play in children's learning; family involvement and curriculum design and implementation.

    Other Information

    • Certification: Certification by the Association for Early Childhood Educators, Ontario may be applied for after completion of the program. The certification process involves the completion of a personal profile and successful completion of a certification examination.
    • Students are required upon graduation and prior to working as an Early Childhood Educator to join the College of Early Childhood Educators (www.college-ece.ca).
    • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
    • Graduates of this program, once they have completed a bridge program, can enter into Level 5 of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree program at Fanshawe College.
    • Students will attend classes for full days Saturday and Sunday one weekend per month. The remainder of the program will be offered online. All courses are equivalent to the full-time weekday program.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. Design, implement and evaluate inclusive* and play-based* early learning curriculum* and programs that support children's* holistic development* and are responsive to individual children's* and groups of children's* observed abilities, interests and ideas.

    2. Establish and maintain inclusive* early learning environments* that support diverse*, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children* and their families*.

    3. Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children's* learning across the continuum of early childhood development*.

    4. Establish and maintain responsive relationships* with individual children*, groups of children* and families*.

    5. Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments* which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence-based practices* in early learning.

    6. Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children*, families*, colleagues, employers, and community partners.

    7. Identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice* guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments*.

    8. Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards* of early childhood education practice.

    9. Advocate* for quality early learning environments* and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families* and community partners to establish and promote such settings.

    10. Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices* in early learning and related fields.

    Program Pathways

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