Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Humber North Campus
Four semesters, beginning in September, January and May

Our January start option allows you to complete four semesters in 16 months through continuous enrolment. Admission and progression is based on academic standing/success.

Humber Orangeville Campus
Four semesters, beginning in September


Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

Katheline Aguilar, program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 4051


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,837.78
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.


  • Start DatesAvailability
    2016 JanuaryClosed
    2016 MayClosed
    2016 SeptemberClosed
    2017 JanuaryOpen
    2017 MayOpen
  • Start DatesAvailability
    2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

• Students must be in good physical and mental health 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 Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Children CPR (C) Certificates
• Police Record Check: Students in the programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check, vulnerable sector screen. 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.

For more information and application instructions regarding the police record check, visit Police Record Checks.

International applicants are encouraged to also visit International Centre to review additional requirements for admission. Upon enrolment, international students are also required to obtain a co-op work permit in order to attend placement.

It is important that potential students understand that a failure to meet the requirements may impede them from successful admission, completing their full program and/or securing employment. Humber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse student access to children placed in its care.

Our Program

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 Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. You’ll gain the skills employers are looking for within an ECE program that is designed to be responsive and inclusive to children, families and the community.

Learn about human development and how to foster children’s learning through:
– observation and reflection, and the preparation of pedagogical documentation – the creation of inclusive learning environments and natural play spaces
– designing curriculum
– collaborating with relevant community agencies 
– achieving early childhood leadership and advocacy skills.

In classes, you will learn from faculty with experience and contacts throughout Toronto, Ontario, Canada and internationally, giving you an advantage when it comes to beginning your career. Our unique curriculum, specifically designed to incorporate responsive and inclusive practices, is academically challenging and designed to exceed industry standards. You’ll learn the skills necessary to work with all children and families and learn how to remove barriers to support full inclusion of all individuals. 

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Your Career

Governments realize the long-term benefits of investing in early childhood education. Our graduates have a range of career options as an early childhood educator in various roles such as child care, full-day learning kindergarten programs, early years resource worker, home child-care provider, educational assistant, children’s programming director, preschool nursery school teacher, before- and after-school care provider, camp counsellor/director and parent educator.

We have strong relationships with employers throughout the Greater Toronto Area and southern Ontario, as well as an excellent reputation in the industry.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Early Childhood Education program is a professional preparation program, recognized by the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. As such, the program is demanding both in terms of academic work and expectations for professional behaviour.

Our Industry Partnerships

Industry partners include licensed child-care centres, Ontario Early Years 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. Partners work with us to provide exceptional practicum opportunities. As well, they serve on advisory panels and participate in review processes to help ensure that our ECE program is kept current.

Our Facilities

Our program has the benefit of two on-site responsive, inclusive child-care facilities for children, including a specialized, accessible natural playground, which functions as a living lab for our students to work with children in a nature-based context.

As well, we have a one-of-a-kind ECE Resource Centre, which is filled with educational materials, books and equipment to be used for in-class assignments or field practicums. The daily operation of the resource centre is made possible through student involvement, providing an opportunity to develop organizational and leadership skills while working collaboratively with peers.

Students at the North campus have access to the Humber Arboretum for outdoor education experiences. Students at our Orangeville campus also have access to local nature trails, where outdoor education experiences take place.

Both the ECE Resource Centre and the Child Care Centres hire students throughout the year.

Work Placement

As an ECE student, you’ll be required to complete approximately 700 work placement hours over four semesters. Placements are assigned by our faculty. During your four semesters, you may have field practicums working with families and children (various age groups) in licensed child-care or preschool settings, family resource programs, community programs, hospitals, kindergarten programs or home-based, child-care programs.

A different placement each semester ensures a range of experiences prior to graduation and gives you more contacts in the field. Each semester offers a block week for an intensive opportunity to become immersed in the role of the ECE.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Many students go on to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees and Humber has established transfer agreements with Canadian and international universities, including the University of Guelph-Humber. For detailed information, visit Transfer Options.

Following the completion of their Early Childhood Education Diploma, many students also pursue their interest in working with children with special needs and enroll in Humber’s Early Childhood Education – Advanced Studies in Special Needs graduate certificate program 07901.


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