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What will I learn?

Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s) are professionals who are part of a multidisciplinary team that may include behavioural therapists, speech pathologists, consultants, parents and school representatives. They assist children to make a successful transition to, and integration into the school system. In addition to working with infants and children up to 12 years old, Early Childhood Educators will also be part of a team and expected to work in a professional and competent manner with staff, parents, and community members. Graduates require good communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as sound judgment.

Besides planning and conducting the regular routines of the day, students will have the opportunity to observe children to determine their present skill level in each developmental area. Students will research, plan, carry out and evaluate a full range of program and curriculum activities designed to help each child reach his/her full developmental potential. A distinct feature of the program is the opportunity it offers students to gain practical work experience in a variety of settings: day care centres, nursery schools, parent resource centres, toy-lending libraries, junior and senior kindergartens, and before- and after-school programs throughout the community.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Educators/ECE’s may find employment in daycare centres, nursery schools, agencies or recreation departments, toy-lending libraries, college day care labs, friendship centres, Ontario Early Years Centres, family resource centres, early learning literacy programs, hospital play rooms and Full-day early learning programs in JK/SK classrooms.

Which department am I in?

School of Community Services

Study options

Full Time (4 semesters)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fees Estimate for 1st Year: CAN $14,377.50

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

8 September 2021


Kirkland Lake Campus

140 Government Road E,


Ontario (ON),

P2N 3L8, Canada

Full Time (4 semesters)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fees Estimate for 1st Year: CAN $14,377.50

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

8 September 2021


Northern College

Timmins Campus,

4715 Highway 101 East,


Ontario (ON),

P0N 1H0, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum requirement for admission to a post-secondary program is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD/OSSGD) or its equivalent, including Grade 12 English. Individuals who are 19 years of age or older may apply as mature students. IELTS 6.0, Internet based TOEFL 79.

For international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Grade 12 English (C, U) (Minimum 60% GPA required).

Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets), web search engines and e-mail systems. Students may assess whether or not they meet the computer proficiency expectations for this program by taking the free online assessment at Computer Self Assessment Tool.

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program and demonstrate equivalency with admission English requirement.

Proficiency Tests for International applicants for whom English is a second language must demonstrate proficiency in both spoken and written English by taking the following:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): overall score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no individual Band score under 5.5.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 58+

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 paper and 213 computer-based; 79-IBT.


About this uni

Northern College is one of 24 public colleges of applied arts and technology in Ontario, Canada and is rated number one for employer satisfaction.

  • Offers best-in-class college programs to suit every student
  • Located in small but safe and friendly communities
  • Blends quality teaching with industry required skills
  • Ideally located for seasonal sports and activities