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.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Analyze the interacting social and biological factors that collectively shape early brain and human development and set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
- Integrate into practice respect for families' central role in child-rearing and early learning and the impact on family structures, community support systems, culture and socio-economic status on parenting.
- Exhibit leadership in the design and implementation of responsive curriculum based on critical analysis of pedagogy, historical perspectives, and understandings of early human development.
- Design inclusive early childhood environments reflective of, and responsive to, children's varied abilities and exceptionalities.
- Evaluate early childhood programs, engaging stakeholders in the process and addressing diverse strengths and needs of young children and families.
- Construct a pedagogical leadership philosophy based on critical analysis, metacognitive theory, and self-reflection essential to the practice and leadership of Early Childhood Education.
- Apply research skills, including assessment of the research process, formulation of research questions and collection and interpretation of data, in a variety of research projects.
- Develop responsive and collaborative professional relationships with children, families, colleagues and community partners.
- Perform responsibilities in a manner consistent with ethical and professional codes of conduct; in compliance with legislative and legal requirements; and, within the defined scope of practice limitations.
- Advocate for and with children, families, colleagues and the broader community, promoting the principles of quality in early childhood programs.
- Apply the basic principles of human resources, financial and facilities management to the operations of an early childhood program.
- Collaborate with early childhood educators and other interdisciplinary professionals in the early years sector.
- Communicate professionally using structured and coherent arguments through a variety of mediums, informed by key concepts and techniques in Early Childhood studies, to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.