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Early Childhood Education - Special Needs

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: 07901Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    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 point average of 70 per cent required. Course work in child development and special needs is an asset.

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • 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.

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Field Practicum Requirements

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:

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

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.

View Field Placement Requirements >

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.

International Student Permits & Visas >

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.

Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,424.26
  • international: $6,424.26

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,212.13$3,212.13
Tuition$2,743.33$2,743.33
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,212.13$3,212.13
Tuition$2,743.33$2,743.33
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

Approximately $700 - textbooks, resources and supplies (per year). Transportation costs to and from field placements are the student's responsibility.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • Master of Arts (MA) Inclusive Education (distance)

Humber graduates who have successfuly completed the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education - Advanced Studies in Special Needs will be considered for admission in to the Master of Arts Inclusive Education (via distance learning) through the University of Gloucestershire. International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a leel of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at:  www.glos.ac/uk/study/international/Pages/international-students.aspx. 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.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Joanne Tuck, program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 4339
joanne.tuck@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

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.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre >

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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:

  • 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
  • plan and deliver professional development activities
  • cultivate reflective practice skills for the purpose of self and professional development.

Due to the limited number of seats, this program is available only to domestic applicants.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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.


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Work Placement

Students complete approximately 400 work 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.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019NorthOpenNot Available

The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

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.

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The Humber Advantage

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State-of-the-art Labs

The School of Health Sciences has the benefit of an on-site childcare centre for children birth to six years of age, which functions as a laboratory school for our Early Childhood Education programs. Students in our programs have access to the Carol Reid ECE Resource Centre, which is full of educational materials, books, and materials to be used for field placement experiences.

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.

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. 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 on 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.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.