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Early Childhood Education - Advanced Studies in Special Needs

Early Childhood Education - Advanced Studies in Special Needs (2016-2017)

How to Apply

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Program Length

Two semesters, beginning in September


Early Childhood Education - Advanced Studies in Special Needs

Contact Information

Katheline Aguilar, program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 4051


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $6,028.12
– international $14,800.
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.

Textbooks, resources and supplies cost approximately $700 per year. Transportation costs to and from field placements are the student’s responsibility.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberClosed

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• An Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma or degree or a diploma or degree in a related discipline such as psychology or family sociology. Minimum grade average of 70 per cent required.

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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

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 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Children CPR (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 (Vulnerable Sector Screening). 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 six months to one year thereafter. For more information and application instructions regarding the Police Record Check, visit the School of Health Sciences website at Police Record Checks.

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 – Advanced Studies in Special Needs graduate certificate offers a unique opportunity to pursue an exciting and challenging career working with children with special needs and their families. Through our practical, skill-based curriculum, you will develop many valuable skills, including how to:
– consult and collaborate interprofessionally with a team of early childhood educators, professionals and families to facilitate inclusion
– advocate and facilitate community outreach for children and their families
– observe, assess and implement using a variety of tools and techniques that support children’s development
– conduct independent research in a chosen area of interest.

Faculty are highly qualified early childhood professionals with extensive experience working with children with special needs and their families. They have a range of specialties, including family-centred approaches, programming, inclusive practice, advocacy, team development, community capacity building, observation and assessment, social justice, adaptive technology, and leadership.

The advisory committee provides regular review of, and input into, our curriculum, which ensures our program is on the cutting edge of industry developments.

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Your Career

Early learning experiences help shape children’s development and set the stage for them to be healthy, happy, productive adults. Some economists estimate that for every $1 spent on programs for children, there is a $2 social and economic benefit to Canada. Children with physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges benefit significantly from early intervention and inclusive programming.

Our graduates work with children with special needs and their families in both community-based and government services and agencies, and have secured employment as:
– resource consultants
– early interventionists
– early childhood resource teachers
– teacher therapists
– community consultants
– intensive resource support professionals
– educational assistants
– home support/respite workers
– early years’ specialists
– outreach workers
– intensive behaviour interventionists
– communicative assistants and infant development workers.

Our Industry Partnerships

Our industry partners include programs for children with special needs and their families in both community-based/government services and agencies throughout Toronto, Peel, York, Halton and Durham regions.

Our Facilities

Our program features two on-site inclusive child-care facilities and an early childhood education resource centre with educational materials, books and equipment to be used for in-class assignments or field placement experiences. Both the resource centre and child-care centres hire students throughout the year.

As well, we have a specialized, accessible natural playground, which functions as a living lab for our students to work with children in a nature-based context.

Work Placement

You will be required to complete approximately 400 field placement hours within the two semesters. Placements are assigned by faculty. During that time, you may be assigned a placement in community based/government services and agencies such as a treatment centre, hospital, mental health agency, child-care centre or community association. You may have a full year placement, which allows you to become fully immersed in the agency or a different placement each semester, which ensures a variety of experiences. Each semester offers a block week for an intensive opportunity at your placement site.

International applicants are encouraged to also visit 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.

For further information, visit Field/Clinical Placement.


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