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Early Childhood Education (Online Fast-Track)

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The Early Childhood Education Program prepares graduates to work with children (from birth to age 12) and their families in a variety of early childhood care and learning settings. The program combines theoretical study with practical experience in a variety of supervised field placements.


This Online Education program allows students to study online either full-time or part-time and continue to balance personal and professional priorities while completing course work.  Convenient, flexible scheduling suits the lifestyle of many individuals. Since the course material is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is ideal for those who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes. Our online courses offer the same learning outcomes as those offered in class and result in the same academic credentials.


Read about ECE Alumni Amy Haughton's Love of Childcare

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in licensed child care centres, home child care agencies; family resource centres; school-age child care programs; school boards in Early Learning Programs; international private schools; cruise ships; domestic and international nannies; or provide child care in their own homes.

Program Name

Early Childhood Education (Online Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

Must be completed within 2 years or 24 months

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

For information on fees, call Nancy Ashton
Brockville – 613-345-0660, ext. 3125
Cornwall – 613-933-6080, ext. 3125
Kingston – 613-544-5400, ext. 3125

International Fees

Additional Costs

Books and curriculum resource supplies are estimated at $2200 over the duration of the program. Costs for Level C First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR Certification and the processing of a police check are the responsibility of the applicant.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
CHIL 2010 Infant/Toddler Child Care
EARL 4 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EARL 6 Arts-Based Curriculum
CASE 103 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar I
CASE 104 ECE Teaching Practice I
EARL 36 Guiding Children's Behaviour
HEAL 200 Health and Safety

Semester 2 (CASE 2 in 2 parts)
EARL 3 The Learning Environment
BEHA 1026 Childhood Exceptionalities
CASE 3 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar II
CASE 2 ECE Teaching Practice II
CHIL 2012 School-Age Curriculum
EARL 58 Preschool Curriculum

Semester 3 (CASE 12 in 2 parts)
CASE 12 ECE Teaching Practice III
CASE 13 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar III
EARL 5 Partnerships with Parents and Families
EARL 46 ECE Program Administration
EARL 59 Approaches to Curriculum

Admission Requirements

University degree or college diploma within the last 5 years, in the Social Sciences or any human studies program (course in Development Psychology or Child Development is required).


Criminal Background Check:

Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements.  Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible.  Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months.  Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Health Requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION – COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or later September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.


    Having my ECE diploma has enabled me to pursue a career I wanted and become a respected member of the childcare community. Thank you, SLC!

    Ioene Davidson

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Unique Learning Experience:

    Many universities have accepted our graduates and awarded credits towards a degree.  Graduates who wish to work in licensed childcare in Ontario must register with the College of Early Childhood Educators.  For details please visit

    Essential Requirements for Field Placement

    Field Placement is physically demanding.  It involves the following tasks:

    • carrying and lifting children and objects
    • responding quickly to emergency situations which may involve assisting with first aid and/or CPR and Epipen
    • physically intervening when children are aggressive with materials or other children
    • monitor the children’s safety, nutrition, health and general wellness.

    Field Placement:

    While every effort is being made to accommodate individual student’s learning needs, the field placements require more flexibility on the student’s part as we are invited guests of the agencies.  The needs of the children and centre are the first priority.  There are five (5) placements in the ECE Online program and these are to be completed in five (5) different childcare facilities.

    Book Order Procedure

    Advanced Standing

    Entrance into the second year of the program is dependent upon credit match from previous post-secondary degree/diploma education. A meeting with the Program Coordinator is required to assess and approve the candidate’s standing.

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