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Early Childhood Education

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


The Early Childhood Education program prepares graduates to work with children (from birth to age 12) and their families in a variety of early childhood settings. The program combines theoretical study with practical experience in a variety of supervised field placements.

Study in Ireland

Graduates of this program can turn their advanced diploma into a degree. Learn how you can continue your education at Institute of Technology Tralee (pdf) or Institute of Technology Sligo (pdf).


Read about ECE Alumni Amy Haughton's Love of Childcare

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in licensed child care centres, home child care agencies;  family resource centres; school-age child care programs; school boards in Early Learning Programs; international private schools; cruise ships; domestic and international nannies; or provide child care in their own homes.

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Program Name

Early Childhood Education

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $733.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,560.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Books, website resource access and curriculum resource supplies are estimated at $2,200 over the two years of the program. Costs for First Aid and CPR Certification and the processing of a police check are the responsibility of the applicant.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
CHIL 1004 Child Development I
CHIL 2010 Infant/Toddler Child Care
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
EARL 4 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EARL 6 Arts-Based Curriculum
HEAL 200 Health and Safety
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
CASE 103 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar I
CASE 104 ECE Teaching Practice I
CHIL 1005 Child Development II
COMM 49 Basic Communication Skills II-ECE
EARL 36 Guiding Children's Behaviour
EARL 3 The Learning Environment
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
BEHA 1026 Childhood Exceptionalities
CASE 2 ECE Teaching Practice II
CASE 3 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar II
CHIL 2012 School-Age Curriculum
EARL 46 ECE Program Administration
EARL 58 Preschool Curriculum

Semester 4
CASE 12 ECE Teaching Practice III
CASE 13 ECE Teaching Practice: Seminar III
EARL 5 Partnerships with Parents and Families
EARL 59 Approaches to Curriculum
General Education Online

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Criminal Background Check:
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Students applying to the Kingston Campus program must obtain the Criminal Background Check from the Kingston Police Force for field placement agencies in the City of Kingston. Because these documents are time sensitive, students should not apply until informed to do so by their program.

Health Requirements


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


Having my ECE diploma has enabled me to pursue a career I wanted and become a respected member of the childcare community. Thank you, SLC!

Ioene Davidson

Program Contact

Lori Culleton

Admissions Information

Connect with a College Career Advisor:

International Students Contact:

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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