Early Childhood Education – Flexible

Continuing Education
Campus: Distance
Program Length: Flexible


Courses are stand alone and may not meet requirements for associated programs. Only courses taken within 5 years may be considered to be applied toward the program certificate.

These stand alone courses count towards an Early Childhood Education diploma if they entered the program after successfully completing them. There is no admission requirement to take any of these courses. Students will not receive credential for completing a stand alone course, however, completed courses can be applied towards the Early Childhood Education diploma.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with Grade 12 English (C, U) or equivalent.

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students can choose to undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program.

Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Additional Requirements for Individual Courses
Register and take individual courses without meeting all program admission requirements if you do not plan to achieve the Ontario College Certificate.


EC1093 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (42 Hours)

Ontario Learn equivalency – ECE Practices

Domestic $367.48
International $859.30

This course is designed to familiarize students with early childhood education from theoretical, practical, and political points of view. Various types of early learning and care will be examined in relation to the needs of children, families and educators. Students will be introduced to Ministry of Education documents and regulations, in addition to professional organizations and applicable legislation which affects early learning and care policies and operations.

Child Care Guidance (42 Hours)

Ontario Learn equivalency – Guidance of Young Child

Domestic $367.48
International $859.30

Plus the required textbook to be ordered at www.textnet.ca

Early childhood professionals play an important role in creating inclusive and responsive learning environments to benefit all children and families. Central to this role is recognizing the value of all relationships that nurture children’s development, their sense of self and promotes pro-social behaviours. The philosophical tenets of responsive and authentic relationships will be explored within various theoretical frameworks. The learning environment is celebrated as a “teacher” because of its significant influence on children’s development, sense of belonging and well-being. The organization of space optimizes the potential for indirect guidance, inquiry and engagement. The physical space is constructed to facilitate children’s development of self- regulation and independence. Students will gain insight into the characteristics of quality environments for young children.

DS4063 Health and Nutrition

Domestic – $386.35
International – $913.30

Nutrition plays a significant role in promoting health and preventing disease. Major nutritional concerns facing Canadians of all ages and walks of life are obesity and chronic diseases influenced by diet. This course will introduce the student to basic health and nutrition principles that promote healthy food choices and positive lifestyles. Diet modifications that may be required by individuals across the lifespan will be discussed.

EC1053 School Age Environment

Domestic – $386.35
International – $913.30

This course is designed to introduce you to school-age children and their care as part of a child-care and school setting. In addition, this course will provide you with information and techniques to help you work effectively with diverse families and to design and develop age-appropriate activities and learning experiences. Since most ECE students will likely provide care for school-age children through before- and after-school programs, Full Day Early Learning programs in JK/SK Classrooms as well as summer and week-end programs, the focus of this course will be on school-age children’s social, emotional, physical, moral, cognitive and self development. In the end, the intent of this course is to enable you to use your knowledge of school-age children to develop skills to plan, carry-out and evaluate a well rounded school-age program.

EC1103 Observation/Documentation

Domestic – $386.35
International – $913.30

This course presents basic techniques of observation and documentation. This includes pedagogical documentation, as well as recording and interpreting the different skills and behaviours of young children (birth to age 12 years old) and using this information to then integrate children’s individual profiles. The information collected will be used for educational guidance following developmentally appropriate practices in a diversity of early childhood settings.

EC4016 Child Care Administration

Domestic – $386.35
International – $913.30

This course is designed to introduce the student to the skills needed to plan, manage, lead and administer a Child Care Centre.

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