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Section 7: Educational Requirement

It is a requirement for registration that applicants have completed education that meets the standards set out the in Registration Regulation. There are five ways you can do this:

  • Graduation from a diploma program in early childhood education offered by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT).
  • Graduation from a diploma or degree program, in or related to early childhood education, that is approved by the College as meeting the education requirement.
  • Current licensure or registration in early childhood education with another province or territory in Canada that is recognized by the College for the purpose of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).
  • Possession of a letter of equivalency from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) or the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (Aféseo) that was issued prior to February 23, 2014.
  • A combination of education and work experience that is assessed under the College’s individual assessment process as meeting the education requirement for registration.*

*If you plan to meet the education requirement by way of option e, do not complete the General Application Form. You must complete the Application Form – Individual Assessment. (See the Guide for the Individual Assessment of Education for instructions for completing that form).

In order to assess whether you meet the education requirement,* the College requires certain information and supporting documentation from you.

  • In Section 7 of the General Application Form, you must identify which option for the education requirement applies to you.
    • Read through the four options listed for the education requirement. Check the box that describes your education background and provide the additional details for that option. More information about each field is provided below.
    • If your education background is not described in any of the four options, then do not complete this form. See the note above for instructions about the College’s individual assessment process.
  • You must also have supporting documentation submitted to the College as proof of the education you completed. See below for instructions and requirements.

*The College also uses the information and documentation about your education to assess whether you meet the language proficiency requirement for registration. For more information about the language proficiency requirement for registration, see the description on the Registration Requirements page.

Click on an option below for information about how to complete that portion of the General Application Form and what supporting documents must be submitted for that option.

a. Graduation from a diploma program in early childhood education offered by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT)

Select this option if you have a diploma in early childhood education offered by an OCAAT and provide all of the following information in Section 7 of the General Application Form.

  • Post-secondary institution name
    • Provide the full name, city, and province of the post-secondary institution from which you obtained your diploma in early childhood education.
  • Year graduated
    • Indicate the year in which you completed the diploma program in early childhood education.
  • Transcript ordered on
    • Indicate the date on which you ordered your transcript from the post-secondary institution.
    • Important: You must order your transcript before you submit your General Application Form to the College. Please indicate the date on which you ordered your transcript. The College cannot review your file without this information.
  • Name your transcript will appear under
    • Indicate the full name that will appear on your transcript.
  • Student number
    • Provide your student number that you have with the post-secondary institution.
    • The College needs this information in order to match your transcript to your file.
    • It is your responsbility to contact your post-secondary institution directly if you are not sure of your student number. The College does not have this information.

What supporting documents must be submitted for this option?

  • The College requires an official transcript from the post-secondary institution at which you completed the diploma program in early childhood education. The official transcript must:
    • Bear the signature of the post-secondary institution’s Registrar (or equivalent official), and
    • Bear the seal of the post-secondary institution’s Registrar (or equivalent official), and
    • Indicate that you completed the diploma program in early childhood education, and
    • State that the diploma has been conferred upon you.
  • The official transcript must be sent by the post-secondary institution directly to the College.
    • You are responsible for making these arrangements with the post-secondary institution.
    • The College does not accept transcripts that are sent by applicants or any other persons or organizations.
b. Graduation from a diploma or degree program, in or related to early childhood education, that is approved by the College as meeting the education requirement

Select this option if you have a diploma or degree, in or related to early childhood education, that is approved by the College and provide all of the following information in Section 7 of the General Application Form.

  • Post-secondary institution name and address
    • Provide the full name, city, and province of the post-secondary institution from which you obtained your diploma or degree.
  • Program name
    • Indicate the name of the diploma or degree program that you completed.
  • Year graduated
    • Indicate the year in which you completed the diploma or degree program.
  • Transcript ordered on
    • Indicate the date on which you ordered your transcript from the post-secondary institution.
    • Important:You must order your transcript before you submit your General Application Form to the College. Please indicate the date on which you ordered your transcript. The College cannot review your file without this information.
  • Name your transcript will appear under
    • Indicate the full name that will appear on your transcript.
  • Student number
    • Provide your student number that you have with the post-secondary institution.
    • The College needs this information in order to match your transcript to your file.
    • It is your responsbility to contact your post-secondary institution directly if you are not sure of your student number. The College does not have this information.

What supporting documents must be submitted for this option?

  • The College requires an official transcript from the post-secondary institution at which you completed the diploma program in early childhood education. The official transcript must:
    • Bear the signature of the post-secondary institution’s Registrar (or equivalent official), and
    • Bear the seal of the post-secondary institution’s Registrar (or equivalent official), and
    • Indicate that you completed the diploma program in early childhood education, and
    • State that the diploma has been conferred upon you.
  • The official transcript must be sent by the post-secondary institution directly to the College.
    • You are responsible for making these arrangements with the post-secondary institution.
    • The College does not accept transcripts that are sent by applicants or any other persons or organizations.
c. Current licensure or registration in early childhood education with another province or territory in Canada that is recognized by the College for the purpose of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)

For information about eligibility to apply under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), which is also referred to as labour mobility, see the Ontario Labour Mobility Act page.

Select this option if you currently hold licensure or registration in early childhood education with another province or territory in Canada that the College recognizes for the purpose of AIT and provide all of the following information in Section 7 of the General Application Form.

  • Province or territory
    • Indicate the province or territory in which you are currently licensed or registered to practise early childhood education.
  • Name of the licence or certificate
    • Indicate the full name of the licence or certificate that you hold.
  • Year issued
    • Indicate the year in which you were issued the licence or certificate that you hold.
  • Licence number
    • Indicate the licence number for the licence or certificate that you hold. The licence number may also be referred to as a registration number.
  • Expiry date
    • If your licence or certificate has an expiry date, indicate the expiry date.

What supporting documents must be submitted for this option?

  • The College requires a copy of the licence or certificate that you hold.
    • The certificate must be current, valid, and in good standing.
  • If you are applying under AIT from Manitoba, you must provide consent to have your licence verified. Contact the College at registration@college-ece.ca for information about next steps in this situation.
  • The College also requires that the Proof of Professional Standing Form be completed and submitted.
    • The Proof of Professional Standing Form must be sent directly from the regulatory/licensing organization to the College.
    • The College will not accept the form if it comes from you or someone other than the regulatory/licensing organization.
    • You are responsible for making arrangements for the regulatory/licensing organization to complete and submit the Proof of Professional Standing Form.
d. Letter of equivalency from the AECEO or Aféseo
Select this option if you hold a Recognition of Equivalency Certificate or a Letter of Equivalency Certificate issued by the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) or by the L’Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (Aféseo) and provide all of the following information in Section 7 of the General Application Form.

  • AECEO or Aféseo
    • Indicate whether your Letter of Equivalency is from the AECEO or Aféseo.
  • Year issued
    • Indicate the year in which the Letter of Equivalency was issued to you.
    • The College only accepts Letters of Equivalency that were issued by the AECEO or Aféseo prior to February 23, 2014.
    • This is in accordance with the Registration Regulation.
  • Letter of confirmation ordered on
    • The College requires that you submit a letter from the AECEO or Aféseo, which confirms that they issued you the Letter of Equivalency.
    • Indicate the date on which you ordered a letter of confirmation from the AECEO or Aféseo.

What supporting documents must be submitted for this option?

  • The College requires an original letter on the letterhead of AECEO or Aféseo (as applicable for your circumstances) that is signed by a senior official of the organization. The letter must:
    • Confirm that a Recognition of Equivalency Certificate, or Letter of Equivalency Certificate, was issued to you, and
    • Indicate the date on which you applied to the organization for the certificate, and
    • Indicate the date on which the certificate was issued to you.
  • The College may also request a letter of verification.
  • You will be responsible for making arrangements for the AECEO or Aféseo to prepare and send the verification letter directly to the College.