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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Early Childhood Education

Make a difference. Help young children reach their potential.

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.

Competitive edge

You'll have the chance to transfer your learning into practice by completing three different field placement experiences 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 and St. Vincent.

Additional information

The ECE program focuses on applying research-based theory to practical experiences that encourage young children’s optimal development and growth. When you graduate from this program, you'll be eligible to become a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educator (CECE), a requirement for practice in the province of Ontario.

Sheridan has a formalized partnership with the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, which allows you to study this renowned, research-based developmentally appropriate curriculum. This opportunity is unique in the Ontario college system. Graduates may continue their studies in the High/Scope approach and receive additional accredited High/Scope credentials.

Your accomplished professors are highly qualified with both strong academic backgrounds and extensive multidisciplinary experience in working with young children. In addition, your professors are active participants serving with a variety of provincial and local child education initiatives.

The use of laptop computers gives you a 24/7 connection to learning materials and offers you the chance to develop the technical skills needed for the competitive and increasingly technology-driven world.

Field Placement

You'll have the opportunity to transfer theoretical knowledge to applied practice in three varied field placement experiences, each exposing you to a different venue of early childhood education. There's opportunity for atypical placement experiences including an international placement in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

*Course duration for September starts is two academic years. Course duration for January starts is 16 months continuous.

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Diploma

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

    • Part-Time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PECED