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Early Childhood Education

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 07911 Length: 4 semesters

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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



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


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

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


Post-Admission Requirements:

Students in the program 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. Requirements expected for completion by the first week of classes include:

  • Immunization Record
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Children CPR (C) Certificates
  • Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen:

Police Records Check Documentation:

Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Successful completion of placement is a requirement for graduation from the program. Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate. Police records checks need to be renewed every six months or earlier depending upon placement requirements of each setting.

It is important to note that these documents can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks to complete. Students are recommended to complete them immediately upon acceptance to the program. It is the student’s responsibility to apply and maintain currency with all required documents.

International Students: In addition to the requirements above, international students are encouraged to visit to review additional requirements. One of these requirements is the completion of a co-op work permit. This permit is a requirement to start placement. International students should apply for this as soon as they receive their confirmation of acceptance. Please contact the Early Childhood Program Administrative Assistant to obtain a program letter required for the co-op work permit process.

It is important that all potential students understand that a failure to meet all requirements by the identified deadlines may impede them from successfully completing their full program and/or securing employment. Students will then be expected to complete placement at another time at an additional cost to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to follow all required expectations in order to be eligible to complete placement. Humber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse student access to children placed in its care.

Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.

View Field Placement Requirements >

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2017NorthClosedClosed
May 2017NorthOpenClosed
September 2017NorthOpenClosed
September 2017OrangevilleOpen
January 2018NorthOpenOpen
May 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: TBD (refer to 2016-2017 for estimate)
  • international: $14,626.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Textbooks and supplies cost approximately $850 per year. Transportation costs to and from field placements are the student’s responsibility.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick. Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

For further information, contact:

Anne Marie Stephen

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Ongoing professional development is valued by the early childhood profession and is a requirement of the College of Early Childhood Educators. Qualified graduates of our Early Childhood Education program may be eligible to apply their academic credits towards further formal learning opportunities at various postsecondary institutions. Many students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees following graduation. 

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


University of Guelph-Humber Partnerships

Qualified graduates may be eligible for transfer to the University of Guelph-Humber.
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Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Ontario Transfer Options

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Program Contact(s)

For general program enquiries, please contact:
Katheline Aguilar
Program Assistant
416-675-6622 ext. 4051

For first year enquiries:
Kristine Fenning
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4845

For second year and Orangeville first and second-year enquiries:
Joanne Tuck
Program Co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 4339



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Applications Open for May 2017 Start Date

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 College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Through innovative learning experiences, responsive inclusive approaches and leading edge curriculum, students can expect to gain the practice-ready knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are seeking from Early Childhood Education graduates in supporting children, families and the communities.

You will learn about:

  • how children learn
  • the importance of responsive relationships
  • 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.

In classes, students will have the advantage to learn from and with faculty who possess the specialized knowledge, experience and contacts throughout the province as well as nationally and internationally. Our unique curriculum is academically challenging and designed to exceed industry standards. Students will learn the skills necessary to work with all children and families as well as learn how to support the inclusion of all individuals.

Students in the January cohort may complete all four semesters in 16 months. Students in the May cohort may complete all four semesters in approximately 20 months to accommodate a summer semester break between their 3rd and 4th semesters. Students in the September cohort may complete the program in 2 academic years with a summer semester break between their first and second year. Progression in the program for any cohort is dependent upon academic standing/success with program and college academic requirements/regulations.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

We believe it is necessary for our students to have extensive experience in the profession in order to be successful as registered early childhood educators. Students can expect to have field placement experiences in all semesters of the program and will be required to complete approximately 700 work placement hours over all four semesters. During these four semesters, students may have field practicums working with families and children (various age groups) in licensed child care or preschool settings, Ontario Early Years programs, Parenting and Family Literacy programs, various community programs, hospitals, full day kindergarten, or home based child care programs. A different placement each semester ensures a range of experiences for each student prior to graduation and equips our students with a range of networks within the community to explore employment in the future.

The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

The children are little, but the responsibility isn't. Do you have what it takes for a rewarding career in Early Childhood Education? Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. The faculty boasts a range of experience and educational backgrounds – ensuring material is current and relevant. The Early Childhood Education program is a professional preparation program. As such, the program is demanding both in terms of academic work, the ability to work with others and in teams, and in the expectations for professional behaviour.

Our Faculty

In classes, you’ll learn from faculty with experience and contacts throughout Toronto and southern Ontario, 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.

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.

The Humber Advantage

ECE room with students

ECE toy room

young child playing with blocks

State-of-the-art Labs

Our program has the benefit of two on-site inclusive child care facilities for children birth to six years of age, a natural playspace for children, and an ECE Resource Centre full of educational materials, books and equipment to be used for in-class assignments or field placement experiences.

Student Testimonials

Find out how Kaitlin knew this was the right program for her.

Connecting Children With Nature

We are proud of our connection to various programs and events that bring students, teachers, educators and professionals together.

Your Career

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 our program enter the profession with the knowledge and experiences necessary to be responsible and inclusive educators. Upon graduation, and 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 including, but not limited to, child care, full day kindergarten, early years, parenting and family literacy programs, home child care, preschool and nursery school programs, before and after school programs, camps, community programs, and parent education programs.

Professional Accreditations

This program is recognized by the College of Early Childhood Educators

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

This information is accurate as of December 2016. 

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.