In the Early Childhood Education program you will learn how to help young children develop their physical, social, and intellectual skills, their self-confidence and imagination.
Learn how to support, encourage and promote a young child’s growth and development through observation and implementation of creative play based learning experiences.
At Fleming College Early Childhood Education students have unique opportunities to engage in active classroom learning environments that equip students with the skills and knowledge required to work with children (birth to 12 years).
All courses are based on a philosophy that encourages inclusive practices and partnerships with families. An emphasis is placed on applying what’s learned in the classroom to real–world settings, preparing students to start their careers as early childhood educators.
Why Choose Fleming
A smaller program size means more individual attention in the classroom and customized field placements.
The program is designed to provide varied and extensive applied learning opportunities -from courses like Interactive Early Learning With Toddlers and Families and Early Learning Practicums in semesters two, three and four. An interactive online course and a teamwork project “Creating Your Own Childcare” in the final semester consolidates and concludes your ECE learning.
Fleming offers support services to assist students in the further development of fundamental life and learning skills important to successfully complete the program. These skills include being able to work independently, participate in a team, organizational abilities, taking initiative and developing good work habits.
In semesters two and four you'll put theoretical education to work in a child care environment. In semester three, ECE teams will implement and run an Interactive Toddler Program, overseen by ECE faculty in the Peterborough community. This will prepare you for semester four, when you will be pulling it all together in your final block field placements.
A background working with young children (ages newborn to 12) in licensed child care centres is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for field placement.
Is this You?
To succeed in this program and in an ECE career, you need:
- Good communication skills (both verbal and written)
- Experience working with young children
- Well-adjusted, grounded personality
- A good sense of humour and imagination
There is an extremely high rate of related employment for graduates. As an Early Childhood Educator you will find work in child care centers, nursery schools, home day care programs, before and after school programs, early learning and parenting centers, resource services and Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten classrooms.Possibilities that are more exotic include children’s programming at resorts or on cruise ships. Graduates are also qualified to become owner/operators of child care centers.
In order to practice in Ontario as an Early Childhood Educator, graduates must apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Graduates of Fleming College will meet the education requirements for registration.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.
- Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.
If you're sincerely interested in working with children, and are not sure yet which path to take, you might want to consider the Educational Assistant, Social Service Worker or Recreation and Leisure Services programs.
Immunization Records and Additional Program Requirements
- A current immunization record is required.
- A Current Criminal Reference Check (vulnerable sector included) is required before you can be placed in a field practicum in semester two. You must have this documentation on file at the college by the term deadline. It must be reinstated every 6 months and on file at the college 2 weeks prior to the Christmas break in semester three for compliance throughout your 4th semester practicum.
- Valid CPR and First Aid certificate (C level) are required before you can be placed in a field practicum in semester two. Current updated documentation must be on file at the college by the term deadline to be compliant for field practicum. Standard First Aid needs to be reinstated every 3 years. CPR needs to be reinstated every year in order to be compliant for field practicum. Third semester students will need this updated information on file at the college, 2 weeks prior to the Christmas break in semester three for compliance throughout your 4th semester practicum.
- Ability to lift children up to five years of age and diaper children of all ages.
Supplies (name tag for placement, supplies for Toddler Program experiences, projects, and outdoor classroom supplies) and textbooks total approximately $1200.00 per year. Travel costs include transportation arrangements to and from field practicum experiences.
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