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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership

Make a difference. Become a leader in early childhood education.

Effective Fall 2020, this program will not be accepting new students into Year 1. Students who are interested in obtaining this degree are encouraged to complete Years 1 & 2 through Sheridan's Early Childhood Education diploma program. Once you've received your ECE diploma, you'll be eligible to apply for this degree, entering directly into Year 3. View the Degree Completion page for details.

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program prepares you to become a leader in early childhood education and care.

Outstanding career preparation

This program focuses on developing progressive leaders in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and child advocacy. You'll learn to design and manage an inclusive, positive, learning-centred environment, and you'll gain the critical thinking, business and interpersonal skills necessary to fulfill a leadership role and direct innovative practices in ECEC.

What you'll learn

  • Theories of human development.
  • Early childhood pedagogy and program models.
  • Curriculum design and implementation.
  • Roles and responsibilities of leaders in early childhood.
  • Research, analysis and evaluation.
  • Organizational structure and management.

Hands-on experience

In this program, you'll use technology and hands-on application in a curriculum room that emphasizes, encourages and fosters best practices in early learning based on current theoretical research. The program also includes a 14-week work-term internship and a field placement, totalling more than 600 hours.

Field placements

The work term-internship may be completed in a variety of employment areas according to availability and interest.

You'll have the opportunity to find your own work-term internship, paid or unpaid, which may include international co-op positions. These may include, but are not limited to, licenced childcare centres, nursery schools, Ontario Early Years Centres, and various programs such as early education, Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten, family and community resources, parenting/prenatal and infant mental health, special needs programs as well as atypical placements such as an international placement in Hong Kong or elsewhere.

In order to enter field placement agencies, you'll need to provide a current, acceptable and valid police record check for criminal offences (vulnerable sector check) and current acceptable record of immunization. You'll need to provide these documents directly to your Internship Facilitator as required.

Explore your future classroom

As an Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Education student you’ll work in labs designed to imitate the real-world workplace. Curious to see what that looks like? Take a virtual tour of our Early Childhood Education Lab.

  • Honours Baccalaureate Degree

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs + 1 semester
    • Program code: PBECB