What will I learn?

You'll learn from our highly qualified professors who have strong academic backgrounds and extensive experience working with young children, their families and the community. Our uniquely designed curriculum room will encourage and support your learning by providing hands-on experiences in a simulated early learning classroom.

What you'll learn

  • Best practices for supporting young children's learning and development
  • Current issues and theories of child development
  • Roles and responsibilities of the early childhood educator
  • Curriculum theory and approaches
  • Programming for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children
  • Professionalism and advocacy in early childhood education

Outstanding career preparation

Our ECE program focuses on applying research-based theory to practical experiences that encourage young children’s learning, growth and development.

When you graduate from this program, you'll be eligible to become a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE), a requirement for practice in the province of Ontario. Graduates may also continue their education in degree-level studies through Sheridan's Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program or at other Canadian universities or abroad.

Career Opportunities

When you complete your Early Childhood Education diploma program, you'll be ready to begin an exciting career in this field.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Before- and after-school programs
  • Centre-based child care programs
  • Full-day kindergarten programs
  • Literacy and parenting programs
  • Nursery schools
  • Ontario Early Years Centres

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to plan and implement play-based, child and family centred learning that honours the uniqueness of each child and applies fundamental and current principles of child development in recognition of the significance of the early years.

Program Outcomes:

  • Design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum and programs that support children’s holistic development and are responsive to individual children’s and groups of children’s observed abilities, interests and ideas.
  • Establish and maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families.
  • Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children’s learning across the continuum of early childhood development.
  • Establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children and families.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,919.00 (US$ 13,175) per year
The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change.
Start date

4 January 2022


Sheridan College (Ontario)

Davis Campus,

7899 McLaughlin Road,


Ontario (ON),

L6Y 5H9, Canada

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,919.00 (US$ 13,175) per year
The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change.
Start date

4 January 2022


Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,


Ontario (ON),

L6H 2L1, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must hold Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U); or

English-language proficiency testing:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module: 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic): 58 - Overall Minimum Score (49L,W,S,R)

FCE (Cambridge English First): 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced): 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency): 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes): 70%

Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment): 4.0 – Listening Band, 4.0 – Reading Combined Band, CLB 7 – Writing


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