What will I learn?

In this program, students learn to facilitate the development of children from birth to 12 years while encouraging their feelings of self-worth and social-emotional resiliency. Students design and implement play-based experiences, focusing on children’s interests through indoor and outdoor play opportunities. Students learn the importance of being responsive caregivers while respecting diversity, identity and the rights of children and families. Partnerships with families, other professionals, and community programs form the foundation of working in the field of early learning and care. Field placements provide students with the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills as they engage with children and adults. Students are offered a unique balance between theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to: ​

  • create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships in partnerships with children, families and communities that value and respect social, cultural and linguistic diversity including Indigenous peoples’ worldviews and Francophone identity;
  • co-create, facilitate and reflect upon inquiry and play-based early years and child care programs and pedagogical approaches to support children’s learning, holistic development and well-being following children’s capabilities, interests, ideas and experiences;
  • co-design and maintain inclusive early learning environments to value and support equitable, accessible and meaningful learning opportunities for all children, their families and communities in a range of early years and child care settings;
  • collaborate with children, families, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate and promote safe and healthy early learning environments to support independence, reasonable risk-taking and healthy development and well-being;
  • use observation strategies to identify children’s strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children and families might benefit from additional support or community resources;
  • use professional communication in interactions with children, families, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body, government authorities and children’s service agencies to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector;
  • identify, report and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedures;
  • create and engage in partnerships with families, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care programs and services;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to realize social environmental and/or financial rewards;
  • apply knowledge of indigenous culture and traditions in the promotion of an inclusive community;
  • apply cultural and internationalization awareness in the planning and implementation of services and supports.

Career opportunities: Graduates are qualified to apply to become a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) with the College of Early Childhood Educators. Graduates may work in a variety of early learning settings, including licensed childcare programs, before-and-after school care, family home child care, early years resource centers, children’s mental health agencies, private home childcare, kindergarten programs, and recreation programs, as well as school readiness and early intervention programs.

Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements

Which department am I in?

Orillia Campus

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,546.04 (US$ 12,980) per year
Entire course fee: CAN $33,092.08

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Orangeville Campus

22 Centennial Road,

ORANGEVILLE,

Ontario (ON),

L9W 1P8, Canada

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,546.04 (US$ 12,980) per year
Entire course fee: CAN $33,092.08

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

6 January 2022

Venue

Orillia Campus

825 Memorial Avenue,

ORILLIA,

Ontario (ON),

L3V 6S2, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must hold OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C or U).

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT): 79
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550
  • IELTS Academic only: 6.0
  • YELT: 1-5
  • TOEIC: 800
  • Graduate of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS - English for Academic Purposes: 60% in certificate or completion of level 8 with 70% or higher
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 60
  • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE): 58
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 170

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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