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Early Childhood Education

Program Code: ECEP
Credential Type: Ontario College Diploma
Length: Two-Year
Intake(s): September
Intake Status: Open
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This two-year program educates students to work effectively in a variety of settings with young children in order to nurture childhood development and maintain healthy relationships with their families.

Students are introduced to both the theory and practice of Early Childhood Education. Traditional in-class lessons are reinforced through modern teaching technology (i.e. document camera, smart board, hands-on workshops, etc.) The Parent and Professional Resource Centre offers valuable resources for activities, research and professional development.

Students graduate with 600+ hours of practical experience in settings which include infants and children up to age 12. All students enjoy six placements.

Students also have the unique opportunity to complete a placement in our on-site Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC).


O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant testing for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The test(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects.For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.


In order to graduate from a program, the College requires that a student:

  1. achieve a GPA of 2.00 or greater, and
  2. successfully complete all courses in the program curriculum.

Some programs may have additional requirements for progression through and/or graduation from the program. Please refer to the program map for any additional program requirements.


Graduates must apply to the College of Early Childhood Educators in order to practice as (or use the title of) Early Childhood Educators in Ontario.


Our graduates have found rewarding career opportunities as: early childhood educators, teaching assistants, school-age care specialists, supervisors/administrators, family support facilitators, Head Start teachers, nannies, and children’s recreation leaders. With additional education, graduates can also work as resource teachers and infant/toddler specialists.

Interested in working towards a degree? It's easier than you think!
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program can apply to University of Windsor regarding the transfer of their college credits towards completing the Bachelor of Arts Honours in Disability Studies. Click here for more info.


For further information contact:

Community Services & Liberal Studies


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519-542-7751 ext 3018


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