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, 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 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 maintain the relevancy of our ECE program.
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 practicum. The daily operation of the resource centre is made possible through student involvement, providing students with the opportunity to develop organizational and leadership skills while working collaboratively with peers.
Both the ECE Resource Centre and the Child Care Centres hire students throughout the year.
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.
Alternative Course of Study
Humber offers the Early Childhood Education diploma program 0791E on a part-time basis through continuing education.
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 humber.ca/transferoptions.
Many students also pursue their interest in working with children with special needs and enrol in Humber’s Early Childhood Education – Advanced Studies in Special Needs graduate certificate program.