Make a difference – help young children reach their potential
Sheridan’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program prepares you to become a highly skilled professional dedicated to providing young children with the best possible education and care. The ECE Program focuses on applying research-based theory to practical experiences that encourages young children’s optimal development and growth. When you graduate from this program, you'll be eligible to become a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educator (CECE), a requirement for practice in the province of Ontario. Through the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program you'll learn about:
- Best practices for working with children in early childhood
- Roles and responsibilities of the early childhood educator
- The importance of play in a child’s development and learning
- Curriculum design and implementation
- Program models in early childhood
- Promotion of pro-social behavior
- Programming for infants, toddlers and school-age children
Sheridan has a formalized partnership with the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, which allows you to study this renowned, research-based developmentally appropriate curriculum. This opportunity is unique in the Ontario college system. Graduates may continue their studies in the High/Scope approach and receive additional accredited High/Scope credentials.
Your accomplished professors are highly qualified with both strong academic backgrounds and extensive multi-disciplinary experience in working with young children. In addition your professors are active participants serving with a variety of provincial and local child education initiatives.
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. This feature also gives you a 24/7 connection to learning materials.
You'll have the opportunity to transfer theoretical knowledge to applied practice in three varied field placement experiences, each exposing you to a different venue of early childhood education. There is opportunity for atypical placement experiences including an international placement in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
When you graduate from the Early Childhood Education Program, you may be eligible to continue your education in degree-level studies at Sheridan, Ryerson University, Athabasca University, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University and other postsecondary educational institutions.
The Sheridan Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is located at the Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario and the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.
*Course duration for September starts is two academic years. Course duration for January starts is 16 months continuous.