2014/15 Program

Early Childhood Education

Our Program

Humber’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma prepares you to work with children (birth to 12 years) and their families, in a program recognized by The Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. You can gain the skills employers are looking for with an ECE program designed to be responsive and inclusive.

Learn about human development and how to foster children’s learning through:

  • the creation of inclusive learning environments
  • designing curriculum
  • collaborating with relevant community agencies
  • achieving early childhood leadership and advocacy skills.

In classes, you learn from faculty with experience and contacts throughout Toronto and southern Ontario, giving you an advantage when it comes to beginning your career. Humber’s unique curriculum, specifically designed to incorporate responsive and inclusive practices, is academically challenging, and designed to exceed industry standards. You will gain the skills to work with all children and families and learn how to remove barriers to support full inclusion of all individuals. The program is designed to give you valuable experience and make key contacts at four placement sites, a different one each semester.

*January start – option to complete four semesters in 16 months through continuous enrolment – based on academic standing/success.

Your Career

Enjoy a career that makes a difference in the lives of children and families with Early Childhood Education (ECE) training from Humber.

Governments are starting to realize the long-term benefits of investing in early childhood education. Successful 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.

Humber College has strong relationships with employers throughout the Greater Toronto Area and southern Ontario, with an excellent reputation in the industry.

Our Facilities

Our program has the benefit of two on-site responsive inclusive child-care facilities for children from birth to five years of age and a one-of-a-kind ECE Resource Centre 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.

Work Placement

ECE students are required to complete approximately 700 work placement hours over the four semesters. Placements are assigned by faculty. During the 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.

For further information, visit healthsciences. humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.

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.

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 and serve on Advisory Panels and participate in review processes to help maintain the currency of our ECE program.

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.

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 our website at humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M 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

Note: For further information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • 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 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Children CPR (C) and Standard First Aid Certificates
  • Police Record Check: Students in the programs or occupations involving direct contract with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check, vulnerable sector screen. Refer to the Admission Information section in this publication. 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 healthsciences.humber.ca/field-clinical-placement/prc.

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.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,644.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

Textbooks and supplies cost approximately $750 per year. Transportation costs to and from field placements are the student’s responsibility.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber offers the Early Childhood Education diploma program 0791E on a part-time basis through continuing education.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
COMM 200 College Reading and Writing Skills
ECE. 011 Responsive Relationships in Inclusive Environments
ECE. 013 Children Play and Creativity
ECE. 014 Child Development: Prenatal to 2 1/2 Years
ECE. 015 Promoting Health and Safety
ECE. 016 Field Practicum 1
ECE. 017 Field Seminar 1
ECE. 030 Development: Across the Lifespan

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
COMM 300 Workplace Writing Skills
ECE. 022 Social Justice: Nurturing Communities
ECE. 023 Curriculum Design
ECE. 024 Child Development: 2 to 6 Years
ECE. 027 Field Seminar 2
ECE. 125 Understanding Children through Observation
ECE. 126 Field Practicum 2
HUMA 024 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
ECE. 031 The Role of the Early Childhood Educator
ECE. 032 Creating Inclusive Environments
ECE. 033 Family Perspectives
ECE. 037 Field Seminar 3
ECE. 039 Transforming Practice Through Observation
ECE. 040 Field Practicum 3
GNEDG000 General Education Electives

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
ECE. 042 Community Collaborations
ECE. 045 The Reflective Professional
ECE. 047 Field Seminar 4
ECE. 048 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
ECE. 049 Child Development: 6 to 12 Years
ECE. 050 Field Practicum 4
GNEDG000 General Education Electives