Early Childhood Education


Program Description

As a student of the Early Childhood Education (at Progress Campus) program, your first priority will be to learn how to provide high standards of quality care to children and their families. This School of Community and Health Studies is highly respected, as it will teach you to take responsibility for observing the needs of each individual child and groups of children, and create well-planned and stimulating programs suited to each child’s needs. You will come to understand the learning needs of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children. Facilitated from Progress Campus, the Early Childhood Education program is a hands-on offering that will include real-world experience at Centennial College’s two early childhood education centres. Used as lab schools, these centres, located in East York and at Progress Camps, will allow you to experience and understand high quality childcare.

Program Type: Post-secondary program Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters Start Date: Fall, Winter

Career Outlook

  • Early childhood educator
  • Child-care Worker Assistant
  • Child-care Worker
  • Early Childhood Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Worker
  • Early Childhood Program Staff Assistant
  • Preschool Helper
  • Preschool Teacher

Further Education

To further your studies, you may attend Centennial College’s post diploma program Early Childhood Resource Consultant (Special Needs). Qualified graduates may also be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities. These partnerships will allow you to apply academic credit towards further study. The Early Childhood Education (Progress) program’s educational partners are:

  • Ryerson University (Early Childhood Education degree)

Areas of Employment

Graduate employment, graduate and employer satisfaction have all consistently remained above 80 percent for several years, earning Key Program Indicator distinction awards for the Early Childhood Education program. Among the areas of employment in which you will be able to launch a career are: C

  • hildcare centres;
  • Operating your own home childcare centre in accordance with legislative requirements;
  • Full-day learning classrooms within the Board of Education;
  • Drop-in centres, shelters, and community service programs.

Academic Requirements

  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)

Additional Requirements

After admission, prior to beginning each Field Placement, students are required to:

  • Obtain a clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Provide valid First Aid and CPR certificates before the beginning of second semester
  • Provide a clear medical report including a TB test

Notes Admission to this program is ‘highly competitive’ and the program fills quickly. We recommend that you apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or take your skills assessment as soon as possible. For admission to the January program (offered at Progress only), we recommend you apply by May 1 of the previous year. For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college. You will receive an invitation to attend an Early Childhood Education Admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

Last updated Nov 2017

About the School

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Cente ... Read More

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements Read less