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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Early Childhood Education – Intensive

Make a difference. Help young children reach their potential.

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

Fast-track your career

This program was created specifically for students who have already completed university or college programs in a related field and want to fast-track their early childhood education career. The ECE – Intensive program is of particular interest to those returning to a second career educating children or for those who have international credentials not currently recognized as equivalent to ECE.

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 two different field placement experiences at Sheridan's highly acclaimed childcare centres, full day kindergarten classrooms and 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 encourages young children's optimal development and growth.

When you graduate from this two-semester college 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.

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 within a variety of provincial and local child education initiatives.

You'll learn in state-of-the-art facilities utilizing 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 use of laptop computers in the classroom enriches the learning opportunity as you access the latest research and educational trends through Internet exploration.

The use of laptop computers encourages collaborative, team-based learning within the classroom while offering you the chance to develop technical skills needed for the competitive and increasingly technology-driven world. This feature also gives you a 24/7 connection to learning materials.

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-Time
    • 1 yr (2 semesters)
    • PECEI