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Early Childhood Education

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


Combine theoretical study with practical experience in this program which prepares students to work with children (from birth to age 12) and their families in a variety of early childhood settings.  Graduates have a firm understanding of human development from birth to 12 years of age, and can use this understanding to create responsive, inclusive, play-based learning environments to best support the child as they develop. Students receive 630 hours of practical experience in a variety of early learning environments during three field placements, starting in the first year of the program.  This experience allows students to apply the skills taught in the classroom in real world learning experiences. 

Study in Ireland

Graduates of this program can turn their advanced diploma into a degree. Learn how you can continue your education at Institute of Technology Tralee (pdf) or Institute of Technology Sligo (pdf).


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

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Books, website resource access and curriculum resource supplies are estimated at $2,200 over the two years of the program. Costs for First Aid and 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 2020-21

Semester 1
CHIL 1004 Child Development I
CHIL 2010 Infant/Toddler Child Care
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
EARL 4 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EARL 6 Arts-Based Curriculum
HEAL 200 Health and Safety
GENE General Education Course

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 36 Guiding Children's Behaviour
EARL 3 The Learning Environment
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
General Education Online

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.

Standard First Aid certificate and CPR - level "C". Certification must remain current for the duration of the program and for employment. Note that CPR must be renewed each year at the student's expense.


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


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

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


The ECE program has given me so much knowledge and insight of the field of child care and education. The ECE program has allowed me to educate the children of tomorrow and for me to learn from them as well. Thank you SLC!

Nicholas Ohayon

Program Contact

Lori Culleton

Admissions Information

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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.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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