Early Childhood Care and Education

Do you love children? Do you dream of someday teaching in a kindergarten classroom or working with children with special needs in elementary schools?

Would you like to work in a community health program with diverse groups of families and their children? What about becoming an Early Literacy Specialist? Or maybe Social Work is the career path for you?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then the Early Childhood Care and Education Program is for you!

In this dual track program (career and pre-university) the opportunities are endless.

Graduates from our three year diploma program become recognized Early Childhood Educators (ECE's) and can work in a variety of programs and services for children and families.

Some of these programs include: regulated child care services, preschools or nursery schools, regulated home based family child care, family resource programs, early intervention and support services, and as Early Childhood Educators in full day kindergarten and extended-day programs in the Ontario public school system and as teachers' aides in elementary schools across Quebec. Many ECEs are employed in government, post-secondary institutions and other related organizations.

Many graduates from our program also go on to university where they can further their studies in Child Studies, Early Childhood Development, Social Work, Linguistics, Elementary and Secondary Education, Psychology and specializations in Family Support and Resource Teaching.

Opportunities to do research at the Masters and Ph.D levels are also available for those interested in delving into research in the areas of human development, education, psychology, sociology and public policy development.

Co-op Work Term
A key feature of this program is the co-op component, where qualified students are eligible to be placed in paid summer work terms after completing their first year (two semesters) and second year (four semesters) of study. Access to a professional setting provides students with practical, real-life work experience, greatly improving their ability to secure employment in their field after graduation. Visit the Co-op section for more information.

For more information please contact:
Carole Macmillan (Department Coordinator)
(819)778.2270 ext. 5153

Katie Doyle (Fieldwork Coordinator)
(819)778.2270 ext. 5103