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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program at Centennial College is committed to ensuring graduates are prepared to be leaders in the profession. Our graduates are respected as professionals.

As a student in the Early Childhood Education Program, you will learn to provide high standards of care to children and their families. This highly respected program will teach you to take responsibility for observing the needs of individual and groups of children, and create well-planned, stimulating and responsive programs. You will come to understand the needs of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: $15,385
Location: Toronto, Canada / Blended / Online

Rich classroom experiences will offer you a range of opportunities to understand the content. Professors ensure that a variety of strategies are used to help you practice and apply what you are learning. Supporting our program is Centennial College’s two state of the art early childhood education centres. Used as lab schools, these centres located in East York and at Progress Campus will allow you to observe and/or practice in a high-quality childcare setting.

If you are energetic, enjoy working with children and adults, fun loving, and dedicated to your learning this is the program for you!

This program has received KPI distinction awards consistently for Employer Satisfaction.

This Early Childhood Education program is also offered at Ashtonbee Campus. Also facilitated from Progress Campus are fast-track and part-time versions of the offering.

Program Highlights

  • You will experience practical experiential learning through three field placements in the community working directly with infants or toddlers, preschool and school-age children.
  • Qualified and experienced supervisors will support you during the field placement to ensure that your learning is optimized.
  • Available to you during the third or fourth semester will be opportunities to work in full-day kindergarten environments.
  • To support the student experience in semester three and four a minimum of a one-week block placement is incorporated to maximize your ability to solidify skills.
  • This program is committed to respond to and reflect current trends and direction in the field and profession.
  • Highly skilled faculty create stimulating learning opportunities in the classroom which address a range of learning styles.

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Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Early childhood educator
  • Child-care Worker Assistant
  • Child-care Worker
  • Early Childhood Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Worker
  • Early Childhood Program Staff Assistant
  • Preschool Helper
  • Preschool Teacher

Areas of Employment

Graduate employment, graduate and employer satisfaction have all consistently remained above 80 percent for several years, earning Key Program Indicator distinction awards for the Early Childhood Education program.

Among the areas of employment in which you will be able to launch a career are:

  • Childcare centers
  • Operating your own home childcare centre in accordance with legislative requirements
  • Full-day learning classrooms within the Board of Education
  • Drop-in centres, shelters, and community service programs
  • Ontario Early Years Centres

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