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Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Humber College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma prepares you to work with children (birth to 12 years) and their families. Students can expect to attain and exceed the practice-ready knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are seeking from ECE graduates in supporting children, families and the community by engaging in innovative learning and simulation experiences.

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Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: May 2020, September 2020
Tuition Fee: CAD 7,496 per semester
Location: North Campus (Toronto, Canada) / Orangeville Campus (Orangeville, Canada)

These experiences take place at organizations such as the Carol Reid Early Childhood Education Lab, as well as within the Humber Child Development Centre – interacting with our scenic arboretum and nature-inspired playground, and exploring responsive inclusive pedagogy and leading edge curriculum.

You will learn about:

  • how children learn
  • the importance of responsive relationships
  • the image of the child and the significance of viewing children from a wide variety of lenses
  • 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
  • how ministry and government legislation and guidelines inform practice

Courses include:

  • Responsive Relationships in Inclusive Environents
  • Children, Play and Creativity
  • Child Development: Prenatal to 2 1/2 Years
  • Promoting Health and Safety
  • Introduction to the Early Childhood Education Profession
  • Understanding Children through Observation

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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 the Humber College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program enter the profession with the knowledge and experience necessary to be responsive and inclusive educators. 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 such as:

  • child care
  • full-day kindergarten
  • EarlyOn centres
  • home child care
  • nursery school programs
  • before and after school programs
  • camps
  • community programs
  • parent education programs

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