Humber’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma prepares you to work with children (birth to 12 years) and their families in programs recognized by the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Through innovative learning experiences, responsive inclusive approaches and leading edge curriculum, students can expect to gain the practice-ready knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are seeking from graduates of an Early Childhood Education program to support children, families, and the communities.
Students will learn about how children learn, the importance of responsive relationships, how to create responsive inclusive play based learning environments and natural play spaces for, children, families, and the community, human development, observation and reflection, and the preparation of pedagogical documentation by children, families, and the community, social justice, advocacy, leadership and the role of the ECE Professional, the importance of collaborating with relevant community agencies, and how ministry and government legislation and guidelines inform practice.
In classes, students will have the advantage to learn from and with faculty who possess the specialized knowledge, experience and contacts throughout the province as well as nationally and internationally. Our unique curriculum, specifically designed to incorporate responsive and inclusive practices, is academically challenging and designed to exceed industry standards. Students will learn the skills necessary to work with all children and families as well as learn how to support the inclusion of all individuals.
Research and trends in the profession, paired with government and community action, both inform and support the long-term benefits of investing in early childhood education. Graduates of our program enter the profession with the knowledge and experiences necessary to be responsibe and inclusive educators. Upon graduation, and once registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators, our graduates have access to a range of career options and roles in the early childhood profession including but not limited to: child care, full day kindergarten, early years, parenting and family literacy programs, home child care, preschool and nursery school programs, before and after school programs, camps, community programs, and parent education programs.
Our Industry Partnerships
We value the strong partnerships and relationships we hold with our community partners and employers and take pride in the excellent reputation we uphold in the early childhood community. Some of our industry partners include licensed child care centres, Ontario Early Years settings, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, home based child care agencies, local school boards, and related community organizations and services across Toronto, Peel, York, Halton, Upper Grand, and Durham regions. We collaborate closely with these and other partners in advisory and program review processes to ensure relevancy, currency and innovation in our ECE program.
We believe it is necessary for our students to have extensive experience in the profession in order to be successful as registered early childhood educators. Students can expect to have field placement experiences in all semesters of the program and would be required to complete approximately 700 work placement hours over all four semesters. During these four semesters, students may have field practicums working with families and children (various age groups) in licensed child care or preschool settings, Ontario Early Years programs, Parenting and Family Literacy programs, various community programs, hospitals, full day kindergarten, or home based child-care programs. A different placement each semester ensures a range of experiences for each student prior to graduation and equips our students with a range of networks within the community to explore employment in the future.
Becoming an effective early childhood professional is challenging. Students are expected to actively share the responsibility for their own learning and professional development and to take seriously their role as members of a learning community. Students will be required to uphold professional standards of ethical and inclusive practice. Course work will involve readings, reflection, research, various forms of writing (including essays), group learning experiences and presentations. Competency in oral and written standard English language is necessary for success in the program and in the field of ECE.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
- Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U) or equivalent. If English is not your first language, refer to the Humber's English Language Proficiency Policy
- Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above
- Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application.
- Students must be in good physical and mental condition and meet the same physical and immunization requirements as those for the staff employed by the agency/facility where the practicum is taking place.
- Complete immunization record
- Valid HeartSaver AED (C) and Standard First Aid certificates
- Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a Police Record Check. Refer to the Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. The Police Record Check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter.
Details outlining all required documents, including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found at healthsciences.humber.ca
- Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program through continuing education program have four years to complete their diploma. This means students must take at least two courses per semester in order to meet the deadline.
- Students must begin the program by taking ECE 111 Responsive Relationships in Inclusive Environments as their first course. Students will not be eligible to take any other ECE courses before taking ECE 111.
- Students are encouraged to enrol in College Writing Skills as one of their first courses.
- It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to registering for a course (please refer to the course descriptions for prerequisites). If a student does not have the required prerequisites for a course, he/she will be withdrawn from the course by the program advisor.
Note: Semester three and four include a General Education component.
How to Apply
- Before registering for classes, make sure you have read all of the information above and contacted the program advisor for any clarification you may need
- Once you have everything you need, contact the Registration Office to set up your student number
- Register for ECE 111 as your first course
Click here to view the sequence of courses in this program, starting with Semester 1. (A new window will open. You will be directed to the full-time program page; please scroll down to see the List of Courses.)