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Early Childhood Studies for Transfer Students

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NEW! Two years’ transfer credit for your ECE diploma!

“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

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 keep up with a field in full swing?

Welcome to an innovative early childhood studies program that recognizes current and future developments in the field. Earn your honours degree to open up career opportunities or continue on to graduate school. Review our three study options.

What credentials will I graduate with?

Earn an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies, granted by the University of Guelph. Graduates will also earn a new diploma in Early Childhood Education from Humber that represents new learning from our degree + diploma program.

How will this program fit my life?

We offer three options for you so you can earn your degree, in the format you prefer:

On campus, full time

  • Start in fall
  • Attend all classes on our Toronto campus
  • Complete the program in two years (placement not required)
  • Expand on your knowledge of the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to eight years
  • Advance your ability to support children individually, as well as work with families, schools and the community

To see a sample program plan, visit the 2019-20 full-time transfer program plan.

When applying on the OUAC website, choose program code GHE.

Fully online, part-time

  • Start in fall
  • Flexibility of online study anywhere with an internet connection
  • All courses are online
  • Complete the program in two and a half years (placement not required)
  • Expand on your knowledge of working with children and families in multiple settings and of various needs
  • Advance your ability to support children individually, as well as work with families, schools and the community
  • Explore the role of professionalism and leadership in the field of early childhood

To see a sample program plan, visit the 2019-20 fully online transfer program plan.

When applying on the OUAC website, choose program code GHA.

What are the admission requirements? 

To transfer into the Early Childhood Studies program, all applicants must have a two-year diploma in Early Childhood Education from a recognized Ontario college and a minimum 75% cumulative admission average. This is a college block credit transfer pathway.

If you have attended multiple postsecondary programs or have proof of equivalency from the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, please contact Admission Services for admission advising. Applicants with an ECE diploma from outside Ontario can check for diploma equivalency approved by the College of Early Childhood Educators on their website at http://www.college-ece.ca/en/Become-A-Member/Applicants-Outside-Ontario.

If you have previous university education in  early childhood studies and are interested in transferring, please speak with an Admissions Coordinator.

Transfer credit

Receive 10 transfer credits inclusive of placements for your ECE diploma.

Upon graduation

Earn an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies.

Graduates will also earn a new diploma in Early Childhood Education from Humber that represents new learning from our degree + diploma program.


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