Early Childhood Studies (full-time)

“In just the last few years, we’ve seen a recognition that by investing in early childhood, we can intervene when it counts most.  This recognition has produced changes in our public policies, our laws, in our classrooms, and in our hospitals.  The field is changing immensely.  This is a remarkable time to effect change.”

- Nikki Martyn, Program Head, Early Childhood Studies Studies

The field of early childhood is advancing very quickly.  Shifts in policy have resulted in a new focus on the child.  New research on the brain continues to change our understanding of how children learn, grow and develop.  An understanding of the importance of early intervention and for those with the knowledge and skills to do so is emerging.

So while the landscape shifts to accommodate these latest changes, how do you learn to navigate a field in full swing?  You learn the most pertinent information while gaining experience in the field.  That’s why we emphasize both theoretical knowledge and applied skills.

You learn about the child as a whole.  From physical development to parent-child relationships to mental health, you understand how to engage with children in diverse and inclusive settings during all stages of development.

Seeing your knowledge take shape in the field doesn’t begin when the learning ends – it happens concurrently.  With more than 700 hours of practical experience over four years, you work with a variety of children in a variety of settings.  The collective experience is like no other.

Whether you choose to become an early childhood educator, a child life specialist, an infant mental health specialist, or a teacher – you’ll have the most relevant knowledge base and real life experiences to get you there.

What credentials will I graduate with?

Earn BOTH an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood AND a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

You gain both theoretical knowledge and applied skills – that’s why you graduate with two credentials.  Both an honours degree from the University of Guelph, and a diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – two of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions.  All in four years of full-time study.

Our curriculum is what makes the difference.  It innovatively combines theoretical and applied learning so that you are better prepared for whatever you may choose to do – whether that means beginning a career or pursuing graduate studies.

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