Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)

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Domestic students should apply online or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

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International students should apply online. Note: not all programs are open to international students.

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Admissions - September 2023

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
  • A minimum of six grade 12 U or M level courses with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, one of which must be Grade 12 compulsory English (ENG4U) with a minimum average of 70% (Higher averages are often required for admission due to competition for available spaces in the program.)

Note re: admission requirements

  • It is strongly recommended that one of the six courses be mathematics.
  • Domestic applicants with documents (transcripts) from an educational institution from a country other than Canada must have their documents evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services. Applicants to this program require a Comprehensive or Course-by-Course Report. Please see How to Apply for more information.
  • Applicants with previous post-secondary education will be assessed on an individual basis in accordance with College and PEQAB guidelines and policies for advanced standing.
  • Graduates of Community Services diploma programs such as early childhood education, child and youth worker, social services worker, recreation and leisure services, educational support, or others should contact the program co-ordinator for further information regarding advanced standing in the degree program.
  • Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
    • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT 88
    • CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
    • PTE Academic 58
    • Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the degree program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

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Admission procedures

  • Academic strength is calculated by averaging all submitted Grade 12 marks (or equivalent) of the required subjects. If more than one grade is received for required subjects, the highest grade will be used in the calculation.
  • Graduates of the Conestoga Human Services Foundations program (degree stream) will be considered.

Program requirements

  • Mandatory work-integrated learning (WIL) document requirements must be completed by students prior to student WIL experiences. Successful work-integrated learning completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for WIL experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
    • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap and COVID-19. Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended during flu season (October – March).
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 1-step (completed within 1 year of your program start date).
    • Standard First Aid and CPR – Level C
    • A Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in WIL experiences which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for WIL is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of WIL start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
  • The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows:
    • Minimum 65% session weighted average in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
    • Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
    • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing)
    • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared
    • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term
    • Should a student’s academic performance decline considerably during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term
    • In the case of back to back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term
    • Where two or more work terms occur back to back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term
    • Students in degree programs may only fail/defer each work term in their program design once

Pre-Workplace-Integrated Learning (WIL) FAQ

You are taking the first steps to becoming a professional through your program at Conestoga College.

Realizing your vision of having a high-performing career in your field of choice requires that you start your program having met the document requirements that are mandatory for new employees in your field. The WIL document requirements that are mandatory for your program can be found in the Student Portal under the Services tab (scroll down the page and select the Login to H.S.Trax button).

As a future professional in your chosen career, you may need to be able to demonstrate that:

  1. You have a clear police check for vulnerable persons. This is the first implication for you of provincial regulations governing work in health care and community service organizations.
  2. Your immunizations are current for your safety and the safety of people in your care.
  3. Your TB status is known and allows you to work safely with others and that you will have baseline information for yourself should you encounter a person with TB in the workplace.
  4. You have a current First Aid and CPR certificate (at the level appropriate to your career), so that you can be a resource to persons in need.
  5. You have been respirator fit tested so that you will be ready to work safely in the event of an infectious situation.

Your program includes a WIL experience in your course of studies. Employers request that you have met the above requirements before you come to their organization. Upon registering for your program, you will receive a welcome email from the WIL Document Services Team. Included will be an attachment with instructions for accessing the H.S.Trax Community and your program's WIL Document Requirements forms.

Most importantly, your plan to be a graduate and embark on your chosen career depends on completing this WIL experience - we do not want these plans to end because you failed to meet the above requirements.

  • The WIL Document Requirements Passport is proof to the college and WIL employers that you have met the pre-WIL document requirements.
  • This document ensures that you have met the WIL document requirements expected of individuals providing care or service in each organization.
  • You may be asked to show your WIL Document Requirements Passport to a WIL site as proof of having met their requirements.

If you cannot complete the WIL course(s) of your program, you will not be able to graduate from the program.

  • Each program has a specific due date to allow for processing prior to the WIL experience. Your requirements due date is indicated in your program's WIL Document Requirements package, located in the H.S.Trax Community.
  • You must start completing your program specific WIL document requirements as soon as you registered for your program, as it may take you six to twelve weeks to complete.
  • Refer to the requirements package located within the H.S.Trax Community.
  • Make arrangements to complete requirements based on Forms A, B, C, D, E (with your doctor, health care professional or other service providers).
  • Note: Not all programs require all forms to be completed. See your Welcome Letter/checklist for your program requirements.
  • Keep all original supporting documentation for your records.
  • As you complete a form requirement, submit all documentation online only, through the document submission tool in the H.S.Trax Community. Note: We strongly encourage you to submit forms as they are completed, rather than as one completed package, to allow ample time for review and follow up as needed.
  • Visit your local police service and request a Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check prior to the pre-WIL document requirements deadline for your program. There is a cost associated with this service and that is the responsibility of the student. Note: This request may take up to 12 weeks.
  • If you live in an area that is serviced by the OPP, please contact WIL Document Services for the required form ( or 519-748-5220, ext. 3101).
  • For Niagara Police Services, please contact WIL Document Services for the required form ( or 519-748-5220, ext. 3101).
  • For Toronto Police Services, you will require the Toronto Consent to Disclosure form; please contact WIL Document Services for the required form ( or 519-748-5220, ext. 3101).
  • To be eligible for WIL experience(s), you must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your police check is not clear due to an offence that is criminal in nature, you are advised to meet with the Program Chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability and WIL eligibility. Offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada:

Depending on your specific program WIL Document Requirements, you may be asked for proof of immunization, laboratory blood test results and non-medical requirements as per below: (if applicable)

  • Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella/chickenpox
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • Polio
  • Tuberculin testing (TB)
  • Influenza vaccine
  • COVID-19
  • Mask fit testing
  • Please bring your Immunization form (Form B) with you when you get your vaccinations so that your physician/health care professional can sign off on the form directly.

Your program may also have a requirement for a current certification in CPR/First Aid.

  • Standard First Aid
  • CPR level C or BLS (depending on program of study)
  • Respiratory Therapy students – see Form D for specific information on ACLS certification

The workforce in health care organizations or persons who are providing care are required to complete respirator fit testing. It is recommended that you complete testing at the college, as we ensure to fit test you based on the mask(s) applicable to your WIL site/facility. Additional information about this requirement will be provided at your program orientation should not be completed until your WIL site has been confirmed.

  • If laboratory reports are required or if immunizations are not complete, it could take six to twelve weeks.
  • TB testing cannot be completed for 30 days after a live vaccine (MMR, Varicella) or COVID-19 vaccine. Please complete TB testing first to avoid delays in completing other requirements
  • Note: The RCMP has also set new mandates that can possibly prolong your wait time in receiving your criminal reference check. If your date of birth and gender match another individual in the Sex Offender database, your fingerprints will be required to complete your check. If flagged it will take up to 120 days to receive your Vulnerable Sector check. There will also be an extra cost charged by the police agency to obtain fingerprints.
  • This may be completed at your doctor’s office, at a local urgent care or walk-in clinic, or through your local public health unit. Please note: The TB test cannot be completed for 30 days after a measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox), or COVID-19 shot.
  • Please bring your Immunization form (Form C) with you when you get your TB test so that your health care professional can sign off on the form directly.
  • You may take the required courses through Conestoga:
    • HEAL1400 (Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C and BLS)
    • HEAL1410 (Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Recertification Level C and BLS), or
    • HEAL1420 (CPR/AED Recertification Level C and BLS)
  • To receive a discounted student rate, you must complete the Continuing Education Course Registration form (pdf), using one of the course codes above, and email it to Do not include credit card information when submitting the registration form. Online payment instructions will be provided upon course registration. The discounted student rate will NOT be applied if you register online. Contact for more information.
  • If you take the First Aid course(s) from another provider, please ensure that it is the appropriate level course (minimum Standard First Aid).
  • Ensure your CPR course and certification document indicates the correct CPR level (C or BLS).
  • After you complete the requirement, submit the documentation online only, through the document submission tool in the H.S. Trax Community.

Once your program coordinator or placement officer has advised you of your WIL site, the WIL Document Services team will reach out to you via email with clinic dates/times.

Conestoga College's WIL nurse technologist reviews your confidential medical information. The WIL nurse technologist can answer any questions you may have about the health requirements and testing, as well as provide direction when medical requirements results are unclear or do not meet documentation requirements. WIL Document Services will only release a clear or not clear status to Conestoga. The college requires your status for WIL planning purposes. All other information is kept confidential.

  • Submit all documentation online only, through the document submission tool in the H.S. Trax Community. Students should submit each requirement as they are completed. Do not wait for all your requirements to be completed.
  • The online document submission tool can be found in the H.S. Trax Community, accessible via the Services tab in the Student Portal.
  • Each WIL Document Requirement form will have a category to upload documents.

The cost of completing the requirements is the responsibility of the student entering the program.

  • Costs will be dependent upon each student's needs. Doctor notes, x-rays, laboratory blood work report and immunization may be free of charge or a charge applied by your doctor's office; this is up to your doctor and NOT the college.
  • Your invoice from Conestoga will contain a fee for the services provided by the school to certify that you have met these requirements and to provide you with a WIL Document Requirements Passport for your records.
  • Students are responsible for independently arranging and financing any housing and transportation costs for work integrated learning (WIL) experiences, which may be in communities across Ontario. While every effort is made to arrange for placements in students' preferred or home locations, students must be prepared for additional costs associated with relocating to other cities to complete the required WIL hours. Please note that some field placements require students to have a vehicle (e.g. homecare or specialty health centres). Students must budget for costs related to transportation and out-of-town accommodation.

If some information is missing from your forms, you will be notified at your college email account. You must complete the missing information and resubmit documents prior to your WIL experience.

Your program coordinator or placement officer will assign students to their WIL experience based on clearance of all WIL Document Requirements. Students will not be eligible for WIL experience until you have a clear status.

The WIL document requirements for your program are available in the H.S. Trax Community, accessible via the Services tab in the Student Portal. Please contact the WIL Document Services office at or 519-748-5220, ext. 3101 for more information.

Credit transfer

You might be eligible to enter a program at an advanced level, or be exempt from a course, if you have formal post-secondary education. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities.


Some Conestoga programs have pathways for current students, including certificate-to-diploma, diploma-to-diploma and diploma-to-degree opportunities. Learn more about pathways at Conestoga.

Articulation agreements

Conestoga partners with other post-secondary institutions, allowing students the opportunity to study elsewhere, usually in pursuit or an academic credential. Learn more about articulation agreements.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Through PLAR, Conestoga may credit prior learning or skills acquired through employment, formal and informal education, or life experiences. Learn more about PLAR at Conestoga.

Bridging opportunity

Conestoga College offers the ability to complete the Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours) program on a full or part-time basis.

Degree completion opportunity: Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)

Who can apply?

If you have an ECE diploma, or are an RECE currently working in the field, you may be eligible to bridge into the last two years of the full or part-time Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development program. Bridging applicants must contact the program area to determine eligibility and entrance options, as all applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

To apply or for more information, please contact:

Daniel Poliszczuk
Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)

Ministry consent

Conestoga College had been granted a consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term commencing November 3, 2022. Conestoga shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent to deliver is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for all degree programs at all Ontario colleges


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