All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
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.
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.
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.
Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, reference, etc. These vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.
Once accepted into the program, 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. Mandatory requirements expected for completion by placement deadlines include:
Successful completion of placement is a requirement for graduation from the program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Record Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). 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 until the placement requirements of the program are met. Students will be expected to complete placement at another time at an additional cost to the student. The police record checks have to be renewed every six months or earlier depending upon placement requirements of each setting.
Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.
International Students: In addition to the requirements above, international students are encouraged to also visit the International Centre at Humber to review additional requirements for admission. 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/enrolment. Please contact the Early Childhood Education-Advanced Studies in Special Needs Program Assistant to obtain a letter required for the co-op work permit process.
Potential students must understand that a failure to meet the requirements may impede them from successful completion of 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.
|Date||Location||Availability||International Student Availability|
|September 2017||North||Closed||Check Availability >|
|September 2018||North||Open||Not Available|
Fees are subject to change.
Textbooks, resources and supplies - approximately $700 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.
Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca.
If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.
In order to continue with your application for Early Childhood Education – Advanced Studies in Special Needs, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these additional requirements. This contains all the information you need to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.
Applicants are required to submit a detailed resume and cover letter.
i. Resume and Cover Letter
Applicants must submit a detailed cover letter highlighting prior education and experience that relates to working with children/adults with special needs and their families. In addition, a detailed resume listing all relevant placement, volunteer, and employment experience including the duration of time spent at each, is needed.
Applicants must submit the resume and cover letter through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where additional requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to https://humber.slideroom.com and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.
Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.
All additional requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.
Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.
|Semester 1||Domestic Fee||International Fee*|
|Semester 2||Domestic Fee||International Fee*|
*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140
Humber’s Early Childhood Education – Special Needs graduate certificate program 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:
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Apply the principle of normalization and critically evaluate its implications to the field of special needs.
Develop and implement individualized program plans, which include long and short term goal setting, methodology, data collection, and evaluation.
Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities to enhance large motor, fine motor, speech-language, social, emotional, cognitive, and self-help abilities from infancy to adulthood.
Demonstrate the ability to transfer the knowledge gained from theory in order to plan, implement and evaluate individualized program plans for home visits, classroom placements, and other field related practicum.
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the daily interaction with families and allied professionals.
Outline the responsibilities a teacher has when working with a family with a child with special needs.
Demonstrate a professional and supportive role for parents of a child with special needs through assisting them to complete administrative tasks, communicate with professionals and by facilitating their involvement in special needs programs.
Research the legislation and possible funding sources available to people with special needs and their families and make appropriate suggestions.
Advocate and facilitate community outreach for children with special needs and their families.
Develop his or her own personal philosophical approach for teaching children with special needs utilizing a theoretical and practical foundation in assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Fulfil the role of the teacher in direct and indirect service delivery by assessing special needs, making referrals, analyzing assessment reports, planning individualized program plans and acting as a liaison between home, school and various agencies.
Develop a self-directed learning contract and independently conduct research on a chosen area of focus.
Students complete approximately 400 field placement hours assigned by faculty. During that time, students 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 ensuring a variety of experiences.
International applicants are encouraged to visit international.humber.ca to review additional requirements. Upon enrolment, international students are also required to obtain a co-op work permit in order to attend placement.
You have some experience in the field of special needs and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families. You understand the importance of maintaining a high level of professionalism, time management and organization and your philosophy supports inclusive practice.
The School of Health Sciences has the benefit of two on-site inclusive child care facilities for children birth to six years of age, a natural play space 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.
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.
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. Graduates enter employment ready to collaboratively support children with special needs and their families, applying the extensive knowledge and skills gained in the program.
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, resource support professionals, educational assistants, home support/respite work- ers, early years’ specialists, outreach workers, intensive behaviour interventionists, communicative assistants and infant development workers.
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.