CEGEP is a post-secondary educational institution unique to the province of Quebec. You must hold a high school graduation diploma or equivalent to apply for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
Yes! You will be required to have:
Cégep Heritage College and the ECCE program are proud to welcome students from around the world! Please be aware, however, that many regulations, procedures, and various forms of documentation are required for any student applying from outside Canada. Please direct your inquiries to our Registrar's Office for more information.
Our program offers over 500 hours of child contact time in a variety of child care settings with children ranging in age from infancy to twelve years. In each year of the program, you participate in fieldwork experiences at early learning programs throughout the Outaouais region. Additionally, you attend mini-practicums, imbedded within ECCE courses, to round out your learning with different age groups. In Fieldwork lll you are encouraged to find programs and regions where you may seek employment opportunities after graduation.
Yes! The College’s co-op program allows you to work in childcare related summer employment. These are paid positions that help you gain valuable experience, establish relationships with partners in the early learning community, and practice resume-worthy teaching skills, programming, communication, and networking. Advisors are available during the school year to discuss the process of finding a co-op placement and making the most of your unique job opportunity.
There are many opportunities for Early Childhood Educators. Our graduates often develop programs for or work in:
Careers can include, but are not limited to:
There are also university opportunities after graduating with an ECCE diploma. If you wish to continue your studies, you may consider a Bachelor of Arts and/or Bachelor of Education program leading to a Master's degree program. Examples of academic disciplines may include:
The ECCE program consists of core ECCE courses as well as general education courses. There are six semesters, each with 5 – 8 courses. A full description of each semester can be found in the program profile.
Due to the structure of the course calendar, you must complete all three years of the program to receive your DEC and graduate with a diploma in ECCE. In some cases, general education courses will be offered during the spring/summer semesters, however, ECCE courses are only offered in the fall and winter semesters.