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Early Childhood Education (Online Part-Time)

Available at: Online part-time


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 care and learning settings. The program combines theoretical study with practical experience in a variety of supervised field placements.


This Online Education program allows students to study online either full-time or part-time and continue to balance personal and professional priorities while completing course work.  Convenient, flexible scheduling suits the lifestyle of many individuals. Since the course material is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is ideal for those who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes. Our online courses offer the same learning outcomes as those offered in class and result in the same academic credentials.

Courses must be taken in sequence

For Online Part-time Education program courses at St. Lawrence College students should visit the following site in order to register for courses, please click here.

Please review the attached letter from the Associate Dean about changes to the ECE Online Program of Study.

Reference Documents:

- Updated Program of Study 2019-2023
- ECE Online 2019-2020 Key Dates for Students
- Student Success Facilitator Information

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Our graduates:

  • Have a firm understanding of human development from birth to 12 years of age.
  • Understand observation, reflection, and the preparation of pedagogical documentation.
  • Know how children learn and understand how to create responsive, inclusive, play-based learning environments, to best support the child as they develop.
  • Establish professional relationships with families, other professionals and colleagues.
  • Apply current legislation to their practice.
  • Advocate on behalf of families and the field of early childhood education.
  • Maintain health and safety standards.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Licensed child care agencies
  • Full-day Kindergarten classrooms
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Parenting and family literacy programs
  • School-age child care programs
  • Home child care
  • Domestic or international nannies
  • Community programs
  • Camps

Graduates of the program are eligible to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators in Ontario.

Program Name

Early Childhood Education (Online Part-Time)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

Must be completed within 5 years or 60 months

Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

For information on fees, call:
Brockville – 613-345-0660, ext. 3125
Cornwall – 613-933-6080, ext. 3125
Kingston – 613-544-5400, ext. 3125

International Fees

Additional Costs

Books and curriculum resource supplies are estimated at $2200 over the duration of the program. Costs for Level C First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR Certification and the processing of a police check are the responsibility of the applicant.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
CHIL 1004 Child Development 1
EARL 4 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EARL 6 Arts-Based Curriculum
HEAL 200 Health and Safety
COMM 110 Communications for College
EARL 20 Philosophies of Curriculum
General Education Elective (Online)

Semester 2
CASE 104 ECE Teaching Practice 1
EARL 36 Guiding Children's Behaviour 1
CHIL 1005 Child Development 2
EARL 61 Observation and Documentation and Writing Workshop
EARL 30 Planning and Learning with Young Children
EARL 3 The Learning Environment
General Education Elective (Online)

Semester 3
CASE 2A ECE Teaching Practice 2a
CASE 2B ECE Teaching Practice 2b
BEHA 1026 Childhood Exceptionalities
EARL 24 Planning and Learning with Kinder and School Age
EARL 5 Partnerships with Parents and Families
EARL 8 Arts-Based Curriculum 2
EARL 38 Guiding Children's Behaviour 2

Semester 4
CASE 12A ECE Teaching Practice 3a
CASE 12B ECE Teaching Practice 3b
EARL 46 ECE Program Administration
COMM 49 Communication Skills 3 - Career Prep
General Education Elective (Online)

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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.

    Health Requirements

    Completion of the IMMUNIZATION – COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

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



    I entered SLC as a mature student after seeing a poster that suggested I could do the ECE course in three years of evening studies. The staff and students were wonderful with their positive encouragement and I did indeed graduate within three years—at a magnificent ceremony on the campus.

    Ioene Davidson

    Program Contact

    Online Education Registration & Information

    Admissions Information

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    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.

    Unique Learning Experience:

    Many universities have accepted our graduates and awarded credits towards a degree. Graduates who wish to work in licensed childcare in Ontario must register with the College of Early Childhood Educators. For details please visit

    Essential Requirements for Field Placement

    Field Placement is physically demanding. It involves the following tasks:

    • carrying and lifting children and objects
    • responding quickly to emergency situations which may involve assisting with first aid and/or CPR and Epipen
    • physically intervening when children are aggressive with materials or other children
    • monitor the children’s safety, nutrition, health and general wellness.

    Field Placement:

    While every effort is being made to accommodate individual student’s learning needs, the field placements require more flexibility on the student’s part as we are invited guests of the agencies. The needs of the children and centre are the first priority. There are five (5) placements in the ECE Online program and these are to be completed in five (5) different childcare facilities.

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