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Early Childhood Education (Online)

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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.

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Study in Ireland: Graduates of this program can turn their advanced diploma into a degree.
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Please review the attached letter from the Associate Dean about changes to the ECE Online Program of Study.

Reference Documents:

- Updated Program of Study 2019-2023
- ECE Online 2019-2020 Key Dates for Students
- Student Success Facilitator Information


Our graduates:

  • Have a firm understanding of human development from birth to 12 years of age.
  • Understand observation, reflection, and the preparation of pedagogical documentation.
  • Know how children learn and understand how to create responsive, inclusive, play-based learning environments, to best support the child as they develop.
  • Establish professional relationships with families, other professionals and colleagues.
  • Apply current legislation to their practice.
  • Advocate on behalf of families and the field of early childhood education.
  • Maintain health and safety standards

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Licensed child care agencies
  • Full-day Kindergarten classrooms
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Parenting and family literacy programs
  • School-age child care programs
  • Home child care
  • Domestic or international nannies
  • Community programs
  • Camps

Graduates of the program are eligible to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators in Ontario.

Program Name

Early Childhood Education (Online)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

May (2019 only)

Program Duration

Must be completed within 4 years or 48 months

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
CHIL 1004 Child Development I
CHIL 2010 Infant/Toddler Child Care
COMM 61 Basic Communications Skills
EARL 4 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EARL 6 Arts-Based Curriculum
GENE General Education Course
HEAL 200 Health and Safety

Semester 2
CASE 103 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar I
CASE 104 ECE Teaching Practice I
CHIL 1005 Child Development II
COMM 49 Basic Communication Skills II-ECE
EARL 3 The Learning Environment
EARL 36 Guiding Children's Behaviour
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
BEHA 1026 Childhood Exceptionalities
CASE 2 ECE Teaching Practice II
CASE 3 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar II
CHIL 2012 School-Age Curriculum
EARL 46 ECE Program Administration
EARL 58 Preschool Curriculum

Semester 4
CASE 12 ECE Teaching Practice III
CASE 13 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar III
EARL 5 Partnerships with Parents and Families
EARL 59 Approaches to Curriculum
GENE General Education Course

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.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


    Criminal Background Check:

    Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (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.


    I entered SLC as a mature student after seeing a poster that suggested I could do the ECE course in three years of evening studies. The staff and students were wonderful with their positive encouragement and I did indeed graduate within three years—at a magnificent ceremony on the campus.

    Ioene Davidson

    Program Contact

    Online Education Registration & Information

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    International Students Contact:

    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.

    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.

    Police Reference Check Required.
    Students in Kingston must obtain the CPIC from the Kingston Police Dept.

    Field Placement:
    While every effort is being made to accommodate individual student’s learning needs, the field placements require more flexibility on the students’ 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 program and these are to be completed in five (5) different childcare facilities. 
    Conditions of Enrollment In Field Placement:
    Valid certification of Level C First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR at the student’s expense. A clear police reference check for students. Up-to-date record of immunization.

    English Is Not Your First Language?
    All applicants must be fluent enough in English to understand instructors and the technical language used in their subject area. When registering, inquire about English proficiency assessments recognized for admission to our programs.

    Students with disabilities who will require accommodations or services must register with our college by contacting our Counseling Department at 613-345-0660 ext. 3135.

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