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    Early Childhood Education


Program Code:ECYA
Duration:3 Semesters (35 Weeks)
Start Dates:Summer,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

If you've completed an undergraduate degree from a post–secondary institution in Ontario or have a degree evaluated for Canadian equivalency, you may be eligible to earn your accelerated Early Childhood Education diploma in three semesters with ECYA.

Our accelerated program begins with a seven–week intensive full–time May/June semester and continues in the fall and winter with 14–week semesters of full–time early childhood studies. Some evening courses may be required in order to be eligible to graduate the following June. Additional fees will be incurred for these courses.

Early Childhood Education teaches you to design learning environments that promote healthy development for young children. You’ll gain important observation skills needed to facilitate a child’s developmental progress, and get the opportunity to apply these skills in a variety of field placement settings related to your career goals.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Plan curriculum that is based on a thorough understanding of child development.
  • Plan and implement individual programs and curriculum to meet the developmental needs of children.
  • Utilize a variety of observation techniques to enhance work with children, families, and co-workers.
  • Maintain responsive relationships with individual children and groups of children.
  • Establish and maintain safe and healthy environments which best meet the requirements of current legislation, regulatory bodies, and program policies.
  • Develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal, and electronic communications with children, families, co-workers, employers, and individuals/agencies.
  • Apply relevant legislation, policies, procedures, and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
  • Apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards.
  • Act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity to support the development and learning of individual children, within the context of his/her family, culture, and society.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized Bachelor of Arts degree (or other undergraduate degree) or documentation of assessed degree equivalency.
  • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  • Documentation which reflects previous paid or volunteer experience with young children.
  • English proficiency at the college level.

Applicant Selection:

  • Students are required to be highly literate in the English language with good writing and analytical skills to be successful in this accelerated program. Applicant selection may include the assessment of English skills/proficiency.


  • Current immunization report and report of chest x–ray or tuberculin skin test.
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate.
  • A valid CPR "C" Certificate.
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check
Note: applicants living in the City of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check. Use the attached form to apply a minimum of 8-12 weeks before the start of school. You must print this form on 8 1/2” x14” paper (legal size); if you don’t it will be returned to you! Complete the top portion of the form with your personal information. Sign, date and mail with a CERTIFIED CHEQUE or MONEY ORDER for $15 to Toronto Police Services, 40 College St. Toronto ON, M5G 2J3
For information regarding police checks for residents of York, Peel, or Durham region please contact your program coordinator/advisor.


  • Completion of all required Summer semester courses at a minimum “C” grade level in order to enter the Fall session of this program.
  • A current Police vulnerable sector screening is REQUIRED for entry into the field practice component of this program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Accelerate your career with our three–semester diploma program in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a fulfilling career working with children from infancy to 12 years. You’ll find employment opportunities in child care centres, after–school programs, nursery schools, parent co–operative centres, private home child care, some centres for children with special needs, and in a kindergarten in the elementary school system.


ECYA is an accelerated, full–time ECE diploma program for those who have completed a Bachelor of Arts or other undergraduate degree.

(The standard program is ECE)

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as an "Early Childhood Educator" or a "Registered Early Childhood Educator", graduates must apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Education (CECE). Graduates of the ECE program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECU113 Preschool Child Development and Observation Skills 5
ECU140 Creative Workshop 3
ECU143 Preschool Methods 7
ECU144 Music for Young Children 4
ECY501 Health and Nutrition for Young Children 3
EFP143 Preschool Field Placement (2 days/week) 16
  40 Hour Block Placement
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECY201 School Age Skills 3
ECY311 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Seminar 2
ECY322 Curriculum Seminar 2
ECY343 Psychology of Interpersonal Communications 3
EFP201 School Age Field Placement (2 afternoons/week) 6
EFP322 Preschool Field Placement III (1 day/week) 8
  40 Hour Block Placement
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECE447 Integrative Seminar: Child, Family and Community 3
ECY303 Infant and Toddler Skills 3
ECY402 Psychology - The Child with Special Needs II 2
ECY411 Advanced Curriculum Seminar 2
ECY443 Administration of Early Childhood Education Centre 4
EFP303 Infant and Toddler Field Placement 8
EFP440 Second Year Field Placement (1 day/week) 8
  80 Hour Block Placement

Contact Us

For additional information, please visit the School of ECE web site at:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Maureen Massicot
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Laurie Johnson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Karen Nolan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22185
Program Chair: Mary Fisher
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
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