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

Applying as an International applicant

International students should apply online. Note: not all start dates are available to international students.
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Please note:

Financial support is available to eligible applicants in the form of an education grant, travel grant, and training allowance. Apply online at ecegrants.on.ca.

Program description - September 2025

This two-year diploma program prepares students for professional practice in the field of early learning and child care. Through interactive classroom learning and work-integrated learning (WIL) 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.

 

Note:

  • The January intake offers the opportunity for accelerated completion. The program is delivered in four consecutive semesters.
  • Successfully completing the Human Services Foundations program prior to applying to the Early Childhood Education diploma program is an opportunity to obtain a year of personal growth and education that may contribute to success in this career-focused program.

Program details

Code: 0003
Start: September 2025
Campus: Waterloo
Delivery: Hybrid
Length: 2 years
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
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Tuition & fees

Please note: Tuition and fee details for terms starting September 2025 and later will be available Spring 2025.

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Program device requirements

Program device & software requirements

This program requires you to have a device that meets certain specifications. For most students, this cost is in addition to the tuition & fees listed above.

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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 OSAP & aid.

Awards & scholarships

Student Financial Services awarded more than 400 awards, scholarships and bursaries last year.

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Delivery sequence - September 2025 - Waterloo

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