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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
0003
Accelerated Delivery:
Yes
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This two-year diploma program prepares students for professional practice in the field of early learning and child care. Through interactive classroom learning and integrative field placement experiences, students will develop skills that will enable them to work in collaboration with families, colleagues and communities for the purpose of designing, implementing and evaluating inclusive play-based early learning programs. Building on a thorough understanding of child development and principles of responsive practice, students will work in partnership with college-operated child development centres, kindergarten classrooms, licensed early learning and care programs and community agencies in order to integrate classroom theory and practice in meaningful and engaging ways.

Conestoga also offers a degree program related to the early childhood field.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 130 (September), 80 (January)

Note:

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Early Childhood Education (ECE) - Program # 0003

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2310.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4230.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-09)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $191.62 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2215.87 $1920.25
Year Total   $4136.12

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Early Childhood Education (ECE) - Program # 0003


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7379.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14104.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-09)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $401.50 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7230.75 $6725.25
Year Total   $13956.00

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program meet the academic requirements for registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario qualifying them for employment as Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) in licensed child care settings and other community programs serving young children and families and as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) in full-day kindergarten classrooms in Ontario.

On average, 95% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE1020 Foundations Of Curriculum

Description: This course introduces the concepts of relationship-building and play as the cornerstones of curriculum. Through the lens of holistic development and inclusive early learning, students will examine and describe the elements of meaningful learning for young children of all age groups and the role of the educator in supporting learning. Students will practice emerging skills in observation, reflection and documentation as the basis for planning children's learning.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE1065 Child Development: The Early Years

Description: This course introduces students to the study of child development, which is holistic and interdependent, and focuses on the period from conception to early childhood. The biologically determined characteristics and the influences of family, culture and society are explored. Major theories of development and learning are introduced and used as a framework for examining the developmental process. The course introduces students to the role observation plays to incorporate a child's development into planning for an inclusive, play-based curriculum for infants and toddlers.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE1370 Introduction to Early Learning

Description: This course will introduce students to the profession of Early Learning and Care. Within the scope of professional practice, the variety of settings, and the range of other professionals with whom educators interact, students will examine the evolution of the profession and the language that describes it. Students will consider and explore the relevant legislation and regulations, regulatory bodies, curriculum documents as well as curriculum approaches that impact the practice, of early learning and care. Specifically, they will examine how these shape professional practices and others' views of those practices.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE1380 Introduction to Practice

Description: This field placement experience introduces students to working with children in early learning settings. Students will have opportunity to observe and examine the role of an Early Childhood Educator, and under his or her direction, begin to practice working with children and families. Students will observe children's abilities, interests and ideas and will describe and develop skills in the areas of human qualities, communication and professionalism.
Hours: 165
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ECE1015 Responsive Curriculum in Early Learning

Description: Building on elements covered in Foundations of Curriculum, this course will examine observed abilities, interests and ideas of children of all ages as essential components of quality early learning.. Using observation and reflection as critical elements of meaningful learning for children of all ages and age groupingss of children, students will design, implement and document inclusive, play-based curriculum. Students will demonstrate the importance of supportive play environments and responsive relationships in designing and applying professional practices that reflect constructivist-inspired curriculum.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1020
CoRequisites:

ECE1050 Health Safety & Nutrition

Description: This course will address the interrelationship of health, safety, and nutrition for children of all ages and age groups. Students will examine current legislation, agency policies and evidence-informed practices in order to develop and maintain health, safety and nutrition practices that emphasize prevention and recognition of illness and injury to individual and groups of children in early learning and care settings. In addition, students will develop and evaluate healthy and safe early learning practices that combine to establish diverse, equitable and accessible learning opportunities for children and their families.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE1075 Child Development: The Later Years

Description: Focusing on major theories of development and learning, this course presents the study of the preschool and school age child through a lens of holistic and interdependent development. The biologically determined characteristics and the influences of family, culture and society are explored and the ways in which they interact are examined. Students will continue to refine their observation skills to document their knowledge of child development and to plan inclusive, play-based curriculum for preschoolers and school-age children.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1065
CoRequisites:

ECE1100 Field Placement - Fundamentals of Practice Preschool

Description: This field placement experience provides opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice as they develop their skills with children of all ages and families in early learning settings. Students will observe children's abilities, interests and ideas in order to examine, select and implement professional practice skills in the areas of human qualities, communication, professionalism, and curriculum. They will establish responsive relationships with children, families and colleagues through program participation. In addition, they will demonstrate the principles of early learning pedagogy as they design, implement and reflect upon inclusive, play-based early learning curriculum with individual children and groups of children.
Hours: 182
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: ECE1380
CoRequisites:

ECE2070 Partnership With Families

Description: This course explores the partnership between the early childhood professionals and the families of children enrolled in early learning and care programs. Students will examine the structural, cultural, and developmental diversities of families in order to validate them as the primary support for children and their learning. Students will articulate the role of the educator in establishing and maintaining strong reciprocal relationships with families that are compatible with ethical and professional obligations. They will explore and practice engaging strategies that highlight collaboration with families.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
ECE2000 Designing Integrative Curriculum

Description: This course will deepen students' knowledge and skills of engaging children of all ages in inclusive learning through a constructivist-inspired curriculum. With a view to designing integrative curriculum that is equitable and accessible, students will analyze the interconnected nature of children's learning and defend how curriculum supports that learning. Drawing on critical reflection and building on children's observed abilities, interests and ideas, students will collaborate with families and colleagues to design and implement integrative curriculum that is illustrated through pedagogical documentation and authentic assessment
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1015
CoRequisites:

ECE2145 Field Placement - Expansion of Practice

Description: This field placement experience provides opportunity for students to expand their professional practice skills with children of all ages and families in early learning settings. Students will observe children's abilities, interests and ideas and the environmental context in which these occur in order to examine, select and implement professional practice skills in the areas of human qualities, communication, professionalism and curriculum. Through responsive relationships with children, families and colleagues, students will demonstrate inclusive and integrative play-based curriculum and illustrate through pedagogical documentation and authentic assessment.
Hours: 182
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: ECE1100
CoRequisites:

ECE2170 Advanced Development

Description: This course expands the study of child development across the ages of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. The biologically determined characteristics continue to be explored and special consideration is given to how family culture, ethnicity, language, abilities, life experiences, socio-economic status, spirituality, gender, gender-identity, appearance, sexual orientation, size, and age influence development. Students will analyze developmental characteristics of children and articulate the ways in which these characteristics interconnect and contribute to the holistic development of each child. They will apply these considerations in their selection and use of observation, documentation and screening tools in planning for an inclusive and constructivist-inspired curriculum for groups of children.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1065, ECE1075
CoRequisites:

ECE2180 Teamwork in Professional Practice

Description: This course explores professional practice in the context of a collaborative early learning team that embraces a commitment to team work, respect and social justice. Students will identify the variety of members who make up the early learning teams and analyze the scope of practice and the unique contributions of each member in supporting the child and the family. Through self-reflection and analysis of professional documents, students will critique and practice effective strategies for initiating and maintaining reciprocal and positive relationships with members of the early learning team.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
ECE1780 Issues in Quality In Early Learning and Care

Description: This course will explore elements of quality early learning and care from an issue and evidence-based perspective. Students will examine, compare and contrast the research evidence that supports promising practices in the field of early learning and care. In addition, this course will examine the many competing social and economic issues in our society that contribute to quality in early learning and care.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE2085 The ECE Professional

Description: This course will examine the evolution of early learning and care as a profession and the repositioning of the role of the educator within that profession. Students will examine and critique the documents that shape the profession in order to explore the changing professional and social image of the child, the educator and the profession. They will analyze their professional practices and through a process of self-reflection will examine the impact of those practices on their emerging professional identity. In addition, they will create a professional development plan that recognizes documented abilities, professional interests and a commitment to continuous learning.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ECE1370
CoRequisites:

ECE2155 Field Placement Consolidation of Practice

Description: This field placement experience provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their professional practices related to children, families and colleagues. Students will refine their skills related to observing children's abilities, interests and ideas and the environment in which these occur. With increased confidence and minimal supervision, students will use evidence in order to plan, implement and evaluate inclusive and integrative play-based curriculum. They will initiate steps in order to promote collaborative relationships with families and colleagues.
Hours: 182
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: ECE2145
CoRequisites:

ECE2160 Philosophy in Practice

Description: This course will examine the historical roots and philosophies of early childhood education and their connections to current early learning practices. Using philosophical principles, evidence based research and relevant professional documents as guides to practice, students will combine an analysis of their personal values and quality indicators to develop a philosophy of early childhood education. Through a lens of contextual realities and contemporary issues they will develop a plan to operationalize this philosophy.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ECE2190 Supporting Children Through Families and Community

Description: This course focuses on supporting infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school agers within his or her family by promoting relationships with the local community agencies and professionals that foster inclusion of children with diverse strengths, need and abilities. Students will become familiar with and gain an understanding of community organizations and professional roles of those supporting inclusion while strengthening respectful, collaborative family/child partnerships through effective use of community and family resources. In addition students will practice preparing and using professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications to advocate for children and families with colleagues, employers, and community partners.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ECE2070
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Closed
JAN, 2017-AD * Doon Open
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
JAN, 2018-AD * Doon Open
* AD = Accelerated Delivery
** Status applicable to domestic students

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