If shaping and nurturing the young minds of the future while enjoying satisfying and in-demand career interests you, Fanshawe's Early Childhood Education program will give you the skills and the hands-on experience to get you on your way.
This unique program blends theory and coursework with real experience in the field, so you'll graduate with all of the skills necessary to begin your career. You'll develop your knowledge and professional skills in child development. You'll learn about your valuable and specialized role in the community, the importance of play in children's learning, the family involvement, and curriculum design and implementation.
When you graduate, you'll have a diverse and dynamic set of skills for the always evolving world of childhood education. You'll be qualified to work in a variety of jobs including childcare centers, early learning and family centers, Best Start programs, before and after school programs and with school boards.
At the end of the day, a child's education is only as effective as their educator. The Early Childhood Education program will allow you to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children.
Admission Requirements - 2019/2020
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate and:
- Standing in the required course stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
ORMature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years.
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years.
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 11 Raising Healthy Children (O)
- Grade 11 Working with Infants and Young Children (C)
- Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (U)
- Grade 12 Families in Canada (C) or (U)
- Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Students should develop leadership experience in schools, churches, community, and special activity interests appropriate to preparation for this field.
- Knowledge of and interest in this field plus good writing skills.
- Visitation to or experience in early childhood settings for observation purposes is highly recommended.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
Admission to the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Early Childhood Education program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Early Childhood Education program. The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Early Childhood Education program.
The following items are applicable to the program and are time-sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.
- Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
- Evidence of Good Health
- Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
- Placement Agreement
Early Childhood Education-2019/2020
- Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
- Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies
- Foundations of ECE
- Emotional Development & Early Relations
- Child Development: Intro
- Interpersonal Development
- Field Orientation
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
- Communications for Community Studies
- Child Development: 0-3 Years
- Field Practicum 0-3 Years
- Curriculum & Pedagogy: 0-3 Years
- Health Safety & Nutrition in ECE
- Partnerships with Families
- Field Seminar: 0-3 Years
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
- Educational Perspectives
- Inclusive Practice
- Field Practicum 3-6 Years
- Child Development: 3-6 Years
- Curriculum & Pedagogy: 3-6 Years
- Promoting Pro-Social Behaviour
- Field Seminar: 3-6 Years
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
- Child Development: 6-12 Years
- Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect
- Professionalism, Ethics & Advocacy
- Best Practices: Reflective Practitioner
- Canadian Families: Change & Diversity
- Field Practicum 0-12 Years
Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 1
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 20 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program.
Graduates find employment in a variety of early childhood settings: nursery schools and childcare centers, pre-kindergarten and kindergartens, community, social and family centers, hospital playrooms, centers or programs for children with exceptionalities.
This program blends theory with hands-on application of theoretical principles delivered through course work and field practicum. Students in this program will develop their knowledge and professional skills in areas such as child development and best practices in early childhood; the early childhood educator's role and responsibilities; the importance of play in children's learning; family involvement and curriculum design and implementation.
When the student graduates they will have the knowledge and necessary skills to work with children, families, and communities in the context of early learning and development programs for children from birth to age twelve. The student will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including child care centers, early learning and family centers, Best Start programs, before and after school programs and with school boards.
Program Offered: Full-time, part-time day, part-time evening (Continuing Education)
Certification: Certification by the Association for Early Childhood Educators, Ontario may be applied for after completion of the program. The certification process involves the completion of a personal profile and the successful completion of a certification examination.
- Students are required upon graduation and prior to working as an Early Childhood Educator to join the College of Early Childhood Educators (www.college-ece.ca).
- Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Services program at Fanshawe College may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
- Graduates of this program, once they have completed a bridge program, can enter into Level 5 of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree program at Fanshawe College.
- Students registering in this program at the Clinton Site should be aware that all four academic Levels are delivered continuously from September to December of the following year; there is no break between Level 2 and Level 3.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- 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*.
- Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments* which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence-based practices* in early learning.
- Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children*, families*, colleagues, employers, and community partners.
- Identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice* guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments*.
- Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards* of early childhood education practice.
- Advocate* for quality early learning environments* and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families* and community partners to establish and promote such settings.
- Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices* in early learning and related fields.