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Early Childhood Studies

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Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Why study ECS at UofGH?

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Located in Toronto

Live & Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Study In + Explore Toronto

Toronto is a dynamic place to live and learn. The Greater Toronto Area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.

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3 million people live in the City of Toronto

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

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More than 140 languages & dialects are spoken in Toronto

Attending university in Canada’s cultural, economic and business centre will play an essential role in your program opportunities.

Our campus is serviced by four transit systems that link you to urban and rural destinations.

Explore Toronto and get to know its 140 neighbourhoods! Visit local tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Kensington Market, Scotiabank Arena, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District and Niagara Falls (two hours away).

Where else can you experience festivals celebrating food, music and people from other countries within a few city blocks? Your choices for recreation off campus are unlimited with large- and small-scale facilities and venues for sports, music, theatre and art.

Focused Academic Program

Our program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to 12 years and their interaction with the world around them. Your first year introduces you to the domains of childhood development and theories and foundations of early childhood. In your second year, you learn the basics of human anatomy and physiology; how to create curriculum; observation and research skills; dynamics of relationships; and how biases impact our interactions with children and families.

See first-hand how learning environments can support diversity and inclusion for children with a range of abilities when you use our interactive classroom. It facilitates and enriches learning with Smart Boards, whiteboard walls, specialized seating (pods) and desks, wiggle chairs and integrated technology.

In your third and fourth years, you learn how to develop curriculum in educational and therapeutic settings. Curriculum includes children with special needs, infant and children's mental health, therapeutic play and interprofessional collaboration. You will learn to assess children’s learning; support and educate children in a meaningful way; understand how to create interventions; and know how to work with children in a variety of settings.

You will take a journey of self-awareness, find your own voice and develop a comprehensive set of abilities to deal with diverse circumstances in an empathetic manner.

Our program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to 12 years and their interaction with the world around them.

Curriculum includes children with special needs, infant and children's mental health, therapeutic play and interprofessional collaboration. You will learn to assess children’s learning; support and educate children in a meaningful way; understand how to create interventions; and know how to work with children in a variety of settings.

You will take a journey of self-awareness, find your own voice and develop a comprehensive set of abilities to deal with diverse circumstances in an empathetic manner.

First-year Courses

  • Children & Play
  • Early & Middle Childhood Development
  • Field Practicum 1
  • Foundations in Early Childhood
  • Health & Safety in Early Childhood Settings
  • Infant & Toddler Development
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Introductory Psychology: Principles
  • Principles of Sociology
  • University Writing Skills for Early Childhood Studies

Note: First-year courses and the Early Childhood Studies program plan may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

We offer full-time and part-time programs for applicants eligible for our College Block Credit Transfer Pathway.

Full-time study on campus:

  • Attend classes on campus in Toronto
  • Complete your degree in two years!
  • Start fall 2020
  • View program plan

Part-time study fully online:

  • Flexibility of online study anywhere with an internet connection
  • All courses are online
  • Complete your degree in two and a half years
  • Start fall 2020
  • View program plan

Our college block credit transfer pathway allows you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours program.

If you have completed a two-year Early Childhood Education diploma from a recognized Ontario college with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you will be eligible to receive 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to two years of study).

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.

Because your diploma meets our placement requirements, no placements are required as part of your degree coursework.

*If you are not eligible for the College Block Credit Transfer Pathway but have some early childhood degree-level course credits from another institution and are interested in the Early Childhood Studies program, please contact Admission Services to discuss admission options.

Experiential Learning

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Complete 800 hours of workplace experience.

  • Year 1, Winter: Job shadowing will help introduce you to early learning and care settings.
  • Year 2, Winter: Experience an early learning and care setting.
  • Year 3, Fall: Participate in a placement related to inclusion and special needs.
  • Year 3, Winter: Gain knowledge in community-based organizations.
  • Year 4, Fall and Winter: Select a year-long setting tailored to your career aspirations and knowledge base.

Borrow from our extensive collection of educational and therapeutic materials and toys in the Early Childhood Studies Resource Room to enhance your placements.

Past practicum placements include:

  • Children’s mental health centres
  • Community-based/advocacy organizations
  • EarlyON centres
  • Hospital child life units
  • Inclusive learning centres
  • Primary school classrooms
  • Therapeutic environments

Note: You will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening, documentation of immunization and a First Aid/CPR certificate prior to placement.

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Registered Early Childhood Educator
  • Play Therapist
  • Early Intervention Consultant
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Special Needs Resource Consultant
  • Child Care Supervisor/Director/Owner
  • Intensive Behaviour Therapist
  • Children’s Rights Advocate
  • Special Needs Worker
  • Family Support Supervisor
  • Teacher
  • Research & Policy Analyst
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Child Study & Education
  • Nursing School

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Keanna G

Keanna G.
Early Childhood Studies alumna, graduated 2018
Pursuing a Master of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care 

“My placement gave me a path to success. I made connections with professionals which helped when applying to my highly competitive graduate program. I developed a competitive resume due to my experiences in a variety of settings and acquired unique skills necessary for my success within my grad program.”

  • START Leader
  • Entrance Scholarship
  • Merit Scholarships
 

Opportunities

Community outreach and leadership

Take the opportunity to volunteer to support important social causes or community projects with your peers. Students have served meals to families at Ronald McDonald House, raised funds for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and participated in awareness campaigns for initiatives such as World Down Syndrome Day. In spring 2019, the ECS program launched the Bloom Gala, to recognize professional excellence in the field of early childhood studies; nominations are student driven.

The City Law School (LLB)

The University of Guelph-Humber and The City Law School, City, University of London have partnered to offer you a prime law school opportunity. Earn a senior status law degree in only two years following completion of your honours degree.

  • Eligible for admission with a competitive average
  • No LSAT
  • Reduced tuition

Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications

Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Understanding freedom of speech through the examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study “eco-psychology” - the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved!

Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. Look into the ECS Society’s many volunteer activities!

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