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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Early Childhood Education

Make a difference. Help young children reach their potential.

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Sheridan’s Early Childhood Education program helps you provide young children with the best possible education and care.

State-of-the-art education

You'll learn from our highly qualified professors who have strong academic backgrounds and extensive experience working with young children, their families and the community. Our uniquely designed curriculum room will encourage and support your learning by providing hands-on experiences in a simulated early learning classroom.

What you'll learn

  • Best practices for supporting young children's learning and development
  • Current issues and theories of child development
  • Roles and responsibilities of the early childhood educator
  • Curriculum theory and approaches
  • Programming for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children
  • Professionalism and advocacy in early childhood education

Field placements

You'll have the chance to transfer your learning into practice by completing three different field placements at Sheridan's highly acclaimed childcare centres, full-day kindergarten classrooms or other early learning settings. There's even an opportunity for international placements, which may include Hong Kong, Grenada or St. Vincent.

Outstanding career preparation

Our ECE program focuses on applying research-based theory to practical experiences that encourage young children’s learning, growth and development.

When you graduate from this program, you'll be eligible to become a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE), a requirement for practice in the province of Ontario. Graduates may also continue their education in degree-level studies through Sheridan's Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program or at other Canadian universities or abroad.

Flexible learning

The ECE program offers course-based registration, which allows you to create your own timetable (based on course availability) by selecting the days/times that work best for you. You can choose to take a full-time course load or study part-time during the day or evening.

Please note that the courses offered in the part-time option are identical to those in the full-time option, and the graduation requirements are the same. However, it will take you longer to complete the diploma on a part-time basis and there may be financial implications to consider. If you are unsure of the financial or academic consequences of attending part-time, you should contact the Program Academic Advisor, the Office of the Registrar or the Student Advisement Centre for more information.

Explore your future classroom

As an 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.

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PECED
  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Part-Time
    • Program code: PECED