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Early Childhood Education

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 07911Length: 4 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 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    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.

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

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. The following field practicum mandatory requirements must be completed by the end of the first semester of studies in preparation for the first field placment. Students can expect to obtain more information about the process in their ECE 120 class in first semester. These requirements include the completion of the following documents:

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

Police Records Check Documentation:

Agencies that provide practicum opportunities require you to have a clear Police Record Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Successful completion of field practicum is a requirement for graduation from the program. Your acceptance for field practicum 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 field practicum, you will not be able to graduate. Police record checks need to be renewed every six months or earlier depending upon field practicum requirements of each setting.

It is important to note that these documents can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks to complete, therefore it is important for students to note these timelines for completion in their first semester. Students are recommended to complete them immediately upon starting in the first semester of their ECE program. It is the student's responsibility to apply and maintain currency with all required field practicum documents for every field practicum.

International Students: In addition to the requirements above, international students are encouraged to visit international.humber.ca to review additional requirements. One of these requirements is the completion of a co-op work permit. This permit is a requirement to start field practicum. International students should apply for this as soon as they receive their confirmation of acceptance. This will enable the receipt of the actual co-op work permit at the border upon arrival to Canada. If unable to locate the letter from the international office, please contact the International office at Humber to obtain a program letter required for submission to Immigration in order to obtain the co-op work permit. Please note that this co-op work permit may take several months to be processed by immigration.

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 field practicum 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 field practicum. Humber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse student access to children placed in its care.

For required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements, please visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/field-clinical-placement.html.

English Placement Requirements

Students who have been accepted to the Early Childhood Education program must also complete a Computerized College Placement Test (CCPT) to determine which English to register for. Details on the process can be found at humber.ca/student-life/testing-services

healthsciences.humber.ca/field-clinical-placement

Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,922.70
  • international: $14,964.00

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$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Ancillary Fees$459.78$459.78
Program Ancillary Fees$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Ancillary Fees$459.78$459.78
Program Ancillary Fees$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Ancillary Fees$459.78$459.78
Program Ancillary Fees$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Ancillary Fees$459.78$459.78
Program Ancillary Fees$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

Textbooks and supplies cost approximately $850 per year. Lab/materials for classroom and/or field placement purposes as well as transportation costs to and from field placement are also 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:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours - Early Childhood Education and Care

IT Carlow will accept graduates from the Diploma in Early Childhood Education at Humber College into year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education & Care subject to graduates achieving 60% in their final exam results.

 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.

 

 

Programs:
  • BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Care - Health and Education

Humber graduates of the Early Childhood Education Diploma program will be eligible to apply for the BSc (Honours) in Early Childhood Care - Health and Education at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Ireland. Students will be able to complete the program in 2 academic years. The academic year operates September to June. Therefore, the end-to-end period of study for students who pass all their examinations at Letterkenny would be approximately 20 months including 12 weeks of summer vacation covering June 20 to September 1 each year.

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.

Programs:
  • Business Bachelor of Business Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

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.

Programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education

Humber graduates of the Early Childhood Education Diploma program will be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education at the Institute of Technology of Tralee in Ireland. Students will complete 1 or 2 years (2 or 4 semesters in total). Semester 3 and semester 6 are required for the award of BA (ordinary). Semester 3 and semester 6,7, and 8 are required for the award of BA (Honours). No alignment studies required. 

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.

 

Programs:
  • Law LLB
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours Early Childhood Studies

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma in any field at Humber College and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Law LLB (Hons) (2-year fast track). International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: http://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

Programs:
  • Bachelor of Child and Family Studies (Logan)

Applicants from Humber College who meet the requirements will be eligible for admission to Griffith University (Logan) with full block transfer credit, provided all other entrance criteria are met and space remains available in the related program of study.

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

Kristine Fenning, Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4845
kristine.fenning@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 (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. 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
  • 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.

* Students beginning their studies in January are enrolled in a fast track option. This option allows for completion of the full diploma program in four consecutive semesters. Students enrolling in May complete the full diploma program in approximately 20 months with one summer break between the third and fourth semesters. Students beginning their studies in September complete the program in two academic years with one summer break between the second and third semester.

**International students may only apply at the North campus.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships* in partnerships with children*, families* and communities that value and respect social, cultural and linguistic diversity* including Indigenous* peoples’ worldviews and Francophone identity.

  • co-create, facilitate and reflect upon inquiry and play-based* early years and child care* programs and pedagogical* approaches to support children’s* learning, holistic development* and well-being following children’s* capabilities, interests, ideas and experiences.

  • co-design and maintain inclusive* early learning environments* to value and support equitable, accessible and meaningful learning opportunities for all children*, their families* and communities in a range of early years and child care* settings

  • collaborate with children*, families*, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate and promote safe and healthy early learning environments* to support independence, reasonable risk-taking and healthy development and well-being.

  • use observation strategies* to identify children’s* strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children* and families* might benefit from additional support or community resources.

  • use professional communication in interactions with children*, families*, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body*, government authorities and children’s* service agencies to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector*.

  • act in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, agency policies and procedures and principles of evidence-informed practice* and reflect* upon their impact on one’s own role in early years and child care* settings.

  • identify, report and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedures.

  • create and engage in partnerships with families*, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care* programs and services.

  • engage in reflective practice* and continuous professional learning* in accordance with principles of lifelong learning, evidence-informed practices* in the early years sector* and requirements of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

  • engage with Indigenous* children*, families* and communities to co-create, implement and evaluate Indigenous* early years and child care* and child and family programs and environments that are culturally* sensitive and culturally* relevant to the communities they serve.


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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 work placement experiences in all semesters of the program and will be required to complete approximately 600 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, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, various community programs, hospitals, full day kindergarten, or home based child care programs. A different placement for Semesters 2, 3, and 4 ensures a range of experiences prior to graduation and equips students with a range of networks within the community to explore employment in the future.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
May 2019NorthClosedClosed
September 2019OrangevilleOpenNot Available
September 2019NorthOpenClosed
January 2020NorthOpenOpen
May 2020NorthOpenOpen

The Humber Advantage

Humber’s Early Childhood Education diploma program is a recognized leader in preparing registered early childhood educators who see themselves as global citizens. Students and graduates advocate for the holistic health and well-being of all children, supported by a connection to nature and a stand for social justice.

Global Citizens and Social Justice

We provide our students with:

  • experiences and resources that reflect and promote diversity and inclusion
  • opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of all nations and cultures, and a commitment to contributing to the global community
  • ongoing initiatives guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as outlined in the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, in consultation with Humber’s Aboriginal Resource Centre.

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Connecting Children with Nature

Nature initiatives increase opportunities for land and place based play, teaching, and learning, as well as providing opportunities to be more physically active and increasing strategies for mental health and wellness.

Programs include:

  • Forest & Nature Program
  • Natural Playground
  • Nature Education Group
Partnerships with:
Placement opportunities include:
  • Student International Placements in Odense, Denmark

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State-of-the-Art Labs

Our program has the benefit of an on-site inclusive child care facility for children from birth to four years of age, a natural playspace for children, a hands-on, interactive classroom designed to inspire creativity and inquiry, and an ECE Resource Centre full of educational materials, books and equipment to be used for in-class assignments or field placement experiences. The Carol Reid Early Childhood Education Lab is a creative classroom where students experience hands on learning by interacting with a wide range of materials.

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 experience 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 such as 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 & Recognition

College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)

Upon graduation, students are eligible to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE).

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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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.