Make a Difference - Become a Leader in Early Childhood Education
Sheridan's new and innovative four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) prepares you to become a leader in early childhood education and care. You'll be able to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario's early childhood settings.
The ECL degree is a multidisciplinary program which focuses on developing progressive leaders in diverse disciplines related to early childhood education and care and child advocacy. It includes the theory, research and practice of early childhood education and care, as well as the knowledge and skills required for curriculum and pedagogical leadership and organizational management of early childhood programs.
The Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) Program is organized into four streams of knowledge and skills: Human Development; Teaching and Learning; Leadership and Management; and Health and Wellness. Through this program you'll learn about:
- Theories of human development
- Early childhood pedagogy
- Program models in early childhood
- Curriculum design and implementation
- Roles and responsibilities of leaders in early childhood
- Research, analysis and evaluation
- Managing developmental and organizational growth in the early childhood workforce
The applied nature of the program will support your entry into the workforce with relevant practical experiences in this expanding, complex field. Upon graduation, you'll possess the skills to design and manage an inclusive, positive, learning-centered environment, as well as possess the critical thinking, communication, business and interpersonal skills necessary to fulfill a leadership role and direct innovative practices in early childhood education and care.
You'll learn in state-of-the-art facilities utilizing technology and hands-on application in a curriculum room that emphasizes, encourages and fosters best practices in early learning based on current theoretical research. The use of laptop computers in the classroom enriches the learning opportunity as you access the latest research and educational trends through Internet exploration. The use of laptop computers encourages collaborative, team-based learning within the classroom while offering you the chance to develop technical skills needed for the competitive and increasingly technology-driven world.
If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator:
Nathalie Di Francesco
905-845-9430, ext. 5220 or email@example.com
This program includes three field placements in Terms 2, 3 and 7 and one 14-week work term internship (total 1,160 field hours). These field placements and work term internship may be completed in a variety of employment areas, including but not limited to: licensed child care centres, nursery schools, Ontario Early Years Centres and various programs such as early education, Full Day Early Learning, family resource, parenting/prenatal and infant mental health, and special needs programs. There is opportunity for atypical placement experiences including an international placement in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
Sheridan's field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current acceptable record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense.