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Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECEP) Cambrian College




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Course info


As a student in Early Childhood Education at Cambrian College, you will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the field of early learning and child care. Your studies will blend the theory of child growth and development with practical application experiences in the field. Through Interactive classroom experiences you will design, plan, implement, and evaluate play-based learning for young children from birth to twelve years of age.

The program will prepare you to work with and support the diverse needs of the children and families you will encounter in your future work. You will build a foundation of understanding that children learn through play. This learning approach combined with a culturally-relevant environment will reflect that children are curious, capable, and competent.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Placement in each semester
  • Opportunities for international placements in China
  • Industry guest speakers and field trips to local agencies
  • Practical learning in the mock child care classroom on campus
  • Grads are eligible to apply to become Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE)


In each semester, students meeting requirements, will have the opportunity to complete a community placement. Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred related to placement, such as Paramed consultation, transportation, meals, and accommodation.

Agencies will require vulnerable sector checks before granting a placement.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find career opportunities as Early Childhood Educators working with a variety of age groups including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children in:

  • Early Learning and Child care Centres
  • Early ON Child and Family Centres
  • Kindergarten classrooms

Graduates are also prepared for employment opportunities in/as:

  • Agencies that provide services to young children and their families
  • Licensed Home Child Care Visitors
  • Agencies that support inclusive practices

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECEP).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$15,276.00 (8,56,414) per year




Cambrian College

Barrydowne Campus,

1400 Barrydowne Road,


Ontario (ON),

P3A 3V8, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


  • Any grade 11 or 12 family studies (C), (U), or (M)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

Before the first field placement, students will be required to complete the following:

  • Two-step TB test
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (prior to second field placement)
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Record of up-to-date immunizations
  • Freedom from communicable diseases and fit to work with young children
  • Field certifications (Bill 18 requirements)

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no band under 5.5), TOEFL 550 (paper based test)

80 (internet based test) and PTE (Pearson) 58.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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