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Early Childhood Education

Algonquin College

4 Semesters

Program Duration: 

Tuition fees: About CAD$8,650/semester

Early Childhood Education


Facilitating children`s learning through play.

The two-year Early Childhood Education Ontario College Diploma program prepares you to become an educator of children in a variety of early learning settings gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with families and other professionals to support children`s learning and development.

This program provides you with the ability to create, implement and assess play-based curricula while building stimulating child-centred environments.

Benefit from both theoretical and hands-on learning opportunities. You have three field placements during the program that focus on children from birth to age 12. These real-world experiences allow you to integrate theory with professional practice in early learning program settings.

You assist in providing guidance to children while planning, implementing and evaluating programs. Through your placements, you gain valuable hands-on skills and experience to help you understand the diverse roles, settings, and responsibilities of an Early Childhood Educator.

Upon graduation, you are eligible to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Registration with the CECE is required to be eligible to work as an Early Childhood Educator in Ontario.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.

  • Enjoy working as a member of a team.

  • Have strong language (oral and written) skills.

  • Are self-reliant and enjoy challenges.

  • Are interested in child development and teaching children through play.

  • Are comfortable using computers and other forms of technology.

  • Enjoy working with children and their families.

  • Have effective interpersonal skills.

Early childhood education is a physically demanding profession. Individuals entering this profession must be able to lift children, materials and equipment (up to 32 kgs). As well, individuals must be able to move quickly/run between areas in the room and outside in order to ensure children`s safety. In addition, educators must constantly observe children to ensure safety and to assess children`s abilities, skills and interests in order to develop meaningful curricula. Entering the program without these abilities may result in unsuccessful field placements, and students who fail to successfully complete field placements are not eligible to graduate from the program.

Admissions Requirements

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR

  • General Educational Development (GED); OR

  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change).

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.

  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22; OR Duolingo English Test (DET) Overall 115, minimums of 115 in Literacy and 90 in Production.

Not sure if you meet all of the requirements? Academic Upgrading may be able to help with that:

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

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