Learn more about the academic programs we are delivering in Fall 2024. If you have any questions about part-time studies, please contact us.

 

 

Overview

If you've completed an undergraduate degree or three-year diploma from a recognized postsecondary institution in Ontario or have a degree evaluated for Canadian equivalency, you may be eligible to earn your accelerated Early Childhood Education diploma in three terms.

Gain your Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education in just one year part-time. Our accelerated program accepts registrations Winter and Fall and offers an intensive course schedule on evenings and weekends to allow for work and other commitments alongside your education.

The early childhood education principle of supporting and enhancing the development of the whole child is the basis for this program. This includes the social, emotional, physical and cognitive developmental domains of children from infancy to adolescence.

Students participate in a variety of field placements throughout the program to gain valuable hands on experience.

Note: If you do not have an undergraduate degree or three-year diploma but wish to obtain your ECE Diploma, you may be eligible to register for our non-accelerated Early Childhood Education Diploma Program.


 

Interested in learning more?

Students are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the program and to connect with our team. 

Seneca Part-Time Early Childhood Education (Accelerated) Information Session

Monday, July 15, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register Now

Confirmation of registration and a unique link to join the information session will be provided upon registration.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in municipal day-care centres, parent co-operative nursery schools, community-based day-care centres and nursery schools, pre-school sections of hospitals, and as educational assistants in public schools, and as partners with public school teachers in Full-Day Kindergartens.

Entry Requirements

This program has two intakes (Fall and Winter). The application deadlines are: August 1 and December 1. Applications will be reviewed within four weeks after the term deadline and acceptance letters will be emailed to the email address provided by the student.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario university or college degree, or equivalent
    Applicants with credentials from outside of Canada must provide a "course-by-course" credential assessment from a recognized agency such as WES (World Education Services) or ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service), including a Postsecondary English course or equivalent
  • A Reference Letter or Resumé with related personal or professional experience which reflects previous paid or volunteer experience with young children
  • Please submit through OCAS
 

Additional Information

Postsecondary English course equivalency can be demonstrated through one of the following:

  • Successful score in a Seneca Pre-Admission English Test

After admission but prior to field placement, you must obtain:

  • Seneca's Medical Form completed by the student's physician and updated annually.
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check
    • updated annually.
    • obtained through the student's local police force. This can take up to 16 weeks (about 3 and a half months) to process depending on the police force. Please be sure to apply well in advance.
  • Standard First Aid/Basic Rescuer - Level C CPR
    • updated prior to expiration.

Please submit to Georgina Ioannou at georgina.ioannou@senecapolytechnic.ca

For additional support, please contact Georgina Ioannou, Program Assistant at georgina.ioannou@senecapolytechnic.ca or Georgette Bigelow, Program Coordinator at georgette.bigelow@senecapolytechnic.ca.

Notes

If you are a high school applicant or have not previously completed a degree, please apply to the Early Childhood Education part-time diploma program.

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This program is only open to Canadian applicants.

To apply for the Early Childhood Education (Accelerated) Diploma program, click here.

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Part-time Studies courses are being offered in either of the following four formats: Online, Flexible, In-person, Hybrid. Click Availability below to see current offerings.

Curriculum

Semester 1 & 2

ECY100
Child Development
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This course focuses on relevant developmental domains, theories and sequences of child development for children from two to six years of age. It also examines observation techniques and the use of screening tools.




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ECY102
Preschool Curriculum
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Students will learn to plan play-based, inclusive, emergent curriculum for preschool children. Theories that support children's learning and the role the Early Childhood Educator will be explored. Students will identify ways to build professional relationships with adults and children. There will be a focus on observing and documenting children's play for the purpose of designing curriculum. Positive guidance strategies will be learned.




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ECY103
Health, Safety and Nutrition
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This course focuses on four health related topics and their relevance in working with young children in preschool settings.
These topics are

  1. health
  2. nutrition
  3. safety
  4. child abuse



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ECY104
Exploring Diversity
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Students are introduced to the role of advocacy and bias-free practice in a professional context. Students will examine advocacy and diversity as it relates to services for children, families and early childhood educators.




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ECY105
Music and Creative Arts
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This course introduces students to the complex process of incorporating music and creative arts into the preschool curriculum. Based upon observations of preschool children, students will design, implement and evaluate music and creative arts learning experiences, which reflect an understanding of the development of the preschool child. In addition, students will explore a selection of art materials and develop an awareness of how preschool children utilize these to express an understanding of their world.

 




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EFP102
Preschool Field Placement
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Field placement gives students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the ECYA program. Students will plan, implement and evaluate play-based, inclusive, emergent curriculum experiences for preschool children. The early childhood educator's role as facilitator will be studied and practiced. Inclusive child guidance techniques will be utilized that support, nurture and respect children's individuality. Based on observation of children, students will develop skills in planning, implementing and evaluating programming that meets the needs of individuals and small groups of children and which are safe, diverse and developmentally appropriate. In addition, time is spent reflecting and examining issues related to the field placement experience.
Note: If at any time a student jeopardizes the physical and/or emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through actions or behaviours and the supervising professor determines that the student is not capable of the required level of independent functioning, the student may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course. The student may also be asked to leave the program. Students may also be withdrawn from placement and fail ECY102 and EFP102 courses for inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.
Field Placement Requirements: Students must have copies of their medical, standard first aid - CPR Level C and Vulnerable Sector Screen in order to begin placement. Failure to provide these documents will delay the placement start date and missed days/hours will need to be made up.
Please note that field placement is 16 hours per week throughout the term.




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Semester 3

ECY200
Infant and Toddler Development
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This course focuses on principles, theories and sequences of child development from conception to thirty-six months. Students will gain exposure to a variety of observational techniques and screening/assessment measures which will enable them to apply developmentally appropriate practice for this age group.




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ECY202
Infant and Toddler Curriculum
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This course is a methodology subject that supports students in their application of child development theory to create an effective learning and caring environment for infants and toddlers.




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ECY203
Child, Family and Community
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Students will examine the complex relationships between the child, family and the community. Theory and practice will be emphasized which are relevant to helping parents and other family members work with their child. Students will explore their own attitudes, beliefs and values as they are shaped by their life circumstances and become aware of how these impact on themselves as Early Childhood Educators. Students will learn the signs and symptoms for the three types of abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual) and the four types of neglect (physical, neglect, emotional, and educational). The course content includes safety of the child, legal responsibilities and the process used when a suspected case has been reported.




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ECY204
Interpersonal Communication
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Interpersonal communication is the function of communication that involves the care and maintenance of relationships. As humans our interpersonal interactions are affected by political, rhetorical, cultural, and organizational contexts and pressures. As early childhood educators it is essential that we understand the complexities of all facets of communication.




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ECY205
Philosophy of ECE
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The student will study the historical and philosophical foundations of Early Childhood Education. They will have the opportunity to examine current models of ECE and how they relate to their own and examine their own beliefs about early education. In the course students will begin to create their own personal philosophy of Early Education.




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EFP202
Infant and Toddler Field Placement
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Students will be placed in sites where they will be able to integrate learning from all their classes. They will have the opportunity to practice skills required for the care and teaching of children birth to 2.5 years. On placement they will be mentored and receive feedback, see professionals on the job and experience the multifaceted work involved in facilitating the optimal growth and development of young children.
If at any time a student jeopardizes the emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through actions or behaviours and the supervising professor determines that the student is not capable of the required level of independent functioning, the student may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course. The student may also be asked to leave the program.




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Semester 4

ECY300
Children with Exceptionalities
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Prerequisite(s):

ECY100, ECY200

ECY300 is designed to introduce students to the role and responsibilities of the Early Childhood Teacher in the provision of appropriate programming for the child with special needs within an inclusive early learning setting. This subject will describe how and why individual children develop as unique individuals and the impact of inclusion on their learning and level of social competence. Included will be an overview of various exceptionalities, potential barriers to learning, curriculum/equipment/material modifications, intervention strategies, and the Individual Program Planning process.




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ECY302
Inclusive Curriculum
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Prerequisite(s):

ECY102, EFP102, ECY202, EFP202

Corequisite(s):

EFP302

Students will draw from their knowledge of child development and their insights into individual children to plan and reflect on developmentally appropriate learning for individuals and the entire group. Students will learn how to design environments and deliver emergent curriculum that is inclusive, play-based, meaningful and responsive to children's interests and ideas. The role of the reflective practitioner as researcher, collaborator, documenter and supporter of learning will be examined. Connecting children with and learning in nature supports the holistic development of all children and this principle will be explored.




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ECY304
Legislation and Social Policy in Professional Practice
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Prerequisite(s):

ECY103

Students will study the interconnection of relevant legislation, quality indicators, funding mechanisms, and administrative practices in order to provide informed support and guidance to families in Early Childhood programs. In this subject, students will gain insight into the administrator's role and the teacher's role as it applies to administrative practices. Finally, the student will expand their advocacy role on behalf of children and families in Ontario and the Early Childhood Education profession.




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ECY305
School Age Curriculum
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During the term the ECY student teacher will examine and assess indoor and outdoor physical environments. Based on observations the ECY student teacher will develop skills in planning, implementing and evaluating programming in group care setting for children 6 to 12 years of age. These abilities and skills will facilitate children's emerging interests while respecting human diversity, and reflecting leadership skills necessary to carrying out school age programming. The ECY student teacher will also develop a repertoire of activities suitable for school age programming.




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EFP302
Community Placement
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Prerequisite(s):

ECY102, EFP102, ECY202, EFP202

Corequisite(s):

ECY302

Students will complete two full days per week of field practice throughout the semester, in an inclusive early childhood field placement. Students will draw from their knowledge of child development and their insights into individual children to plan, implement and reflect on developmentally appropriate investigations for individuals and the entire group. Students will design environments and emergent curriculum that is inclusive, play-based, meaningful and responsive to children's interests and ideas. The role of the reflective practitioner as researcher, collaborator, documenter and supporter of learning will be practiced. Learning experiences that connect children with nature will be planned, implemented and evaluated. Students must consistently demonstrate skills in: professionalism, keeping children safe and healthy, appropriate program planning, facilitation of learning, problem solving, positive behaviour guidance, and effective communication with children, teachers, parents and other adults.
If at any time a student jeopardizes the emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through actions or behaviours and the supervising professor determines that the student is not capable of the required level of independent functioning, the student may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course. The student may also be asked to leave the program.
Field Placement Requirements
Students must have copies of their medical, standard first aid / CPR level C and Vulnerable Sector Screen in order to begin placement. Failure to provide these documents will delay the placement start date and missed days/hours will need to be made up.




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EFP305
School Age Field Placement
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During the semester, students will take part in a school-age field placement. The students will focus on planning and programming
If at any time a student jeopardizes the emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through actions or behaviours and the supervising professor determines that the student is not capable of the required level of independent functioning, the student may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course. The student may also be asked to leave the program.
Field Placement Requirements:
Students must have copies of their medical, standard first aid / CPR level C and Vulnerable Sector Screen in order to begin placement. Failure to provide these documents will delay the placement start date and missed days/hours will need to be made up.




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Program Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate 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.

OSAP Funding Available

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking one to two courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • one course (20 per cent)
  • two courses (40 per cent)

If you are taking three or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • three courses (60 per cent)
  • four courses (80 per cent)
  • five courses (100 per cent)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Bursary Funding Available

Bursary Announcement for Early Childhood Education Accelerated (ECYAC) Part-time Studies Courses

All domestic students enrolled part-time in the Early Childhood Education - Accelerated Diploma program are eligible to receive full reimbursement for their registration fee(s), up to a maximum of six courses per semester, from the September 2022 semester up to and including September 2023 semester.

Note: Students who receive funding through the ECE Grant Program are not eligible to receive funding through this ECE Bursary Program.

If you have any questions, please email Francine Marcelli at francine.marcelli@senecapolytechnic.ca.

This opportunity is funded in partnership with York Region, the Province of Ontario, and Government of Canada under the new Canada-Ontario Early Childhood Workforce Agreement, which provides "one-time federal funding to support the retention and recruitment of a high-quality childcare and early years workforce."

Information Session

Students are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the program and to connect with our team. 

Seneca Part-Time Early Childhood Education (Accelerated) Information Session

Monday, July 15, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register Now

Confirmation of registration and a unique link to join the information session will be provided upon registration.

ECE Grants

To learn more about financial support and to apply for ECE grants, please visit the Ontario ECE Qualifications Upgrade Program website.

Completion

Students in the accelerated program will register for all 6 courses each term to complete the program in one year. If a student wishes to continue the diploma at a slower pace, transfer into the regular part-time program can be arranged.

Pathways

Build on your Seneca Polytechnic diploma

Seneca is recognized as a leader in pathways and offers a range of options to help you reach your educational and career goals.

As a graduate of this program, you may be eligible to pathway into a bachelor's degree program at Seneca or at one of our partner institutions.

To explore your pathway options and learn more, visit our Degree Transfer Guide.

If you have additional questions regarding pathways to, within and beyond Seneca, connect with our Academic Pathways team at 416.764.0399 or email academic.pathways@senecapolytechnic.ca.

After reviewing the Degree Transfer Guide, you can also book a virtual appointment to discuss your options in more detail with a dedicated Pathways Adviser.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October), Spring (June) and Winter (February).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at theservicehub@senecapolytechnic.ca.

Program Contacts

Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant
Georgina.Ioannou@senecapolytechnic.ca
416-764-0969


Georgette Bigelow
Part-time Program Coordinator
Georgette.Bigelow@senecapolytechnic.ca


Dedra Profitt
Academic Program Manager
Dedra.Profitt@senecapolytechnic.ca
416-764-0972


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