Education Programs

Applicants who successfully complete an early childhood education (ECE) diploma program from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT) will meet the education requirement for registration. You can view a list of these programs here.

The College may also assess other ECE programs offered by post-secondary institutions in Ontario or Canada to determine if they meet the education requirement for registration. If a program meets the standard, then applicants who successfully complete that program will meet the education requirement for registration. The tables below identify which programs the College currently recognizes as meeting the education requirement for registration.

New January 2017: The College is reviewing its policy and procedures for assessing programs. More information about this review is available here.

Note: During the review, recognition of the following programs as meeting the education requirement for registration remains in effect.


ECE diploma programs in Ontario that are not offered by an OCAAT 


Educational InstitutionName and/or Description of ProgramProgram Date(s)
Institute of Child Study (University of Toronto)
Two-Year Diploma in Child Study only

1967 - 1997
Mothercraft College
Formerly known as Mothercraft Institute for Early Development (Toronto) or Canadian Mothercraft Society (Toronto)
Early Childhood Education Diploma1978 -
Nursery Education Association, OntarioThree-part extension course in Preschool Education through the following institutions: Brock University, Guelph University, University of Toronto, Ryerson Institute of Technology, Western University, Queens University, McMaster University, Carleton/Ottawa Early Childhood Association, Existing Community Colleges in Ontario1964 - 1972 (to and including 1972)

Ryerson Polytechnic Institute now Ryerson University

Home Economics - Early Childhood Education (3 year diploma in ECE)

ECE degree programs in Ontario (including those offered by an OCAAT)


Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Algonquin College of Applied and Technology Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development 2016-2023 (from and including 2016 to and including 2023)

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

 


Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development

2015-2022 (from and including 2015 to and including 2022)
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership 2010-2017 (to and including 2017)
George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership 2010-2017 (to and including 2017)
Institute of Child Study (University of Toronto)
Two-Year Diploma in Child Study
 
Master of Arts in Child Study and Education
1967 - 1997
 
1997 -
Ryerson University

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies (formerly known as Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education)


Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology Bachelor of Child Development
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership 2010-2017 (to and including 2017)
University of Guelph Bachelor of Applied Science (major in Child Studies, 4 year program)¹

Bachelor of Applied Science
(major in Child, Youth and Family – Child Stream , 4 year program)²
 
 


2007 -
University of Waterloo Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (specialty in Early Childhood Education) 1979-1990 (to and including 1990)

 

Footnote:

¹Transcript necessary to demonstrate major in Child Studies
²Letter from the Registrar’s office needed to indicate major in Child, Youth and Family – Child Stream 


ECE diploma or degree programs that are offered by a post-secondary institution elsewhere in Canada (i.e., in Canada but outside Ontario)

Alberta

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Grande Prairie Regional College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development

Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma
1971 - 2007


2006 -
Grant MacEwan University

Formerly known as Grant MacEwan Community College and Grant MacEwan College
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development

Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma
1971 - 2006


2006 -
Medicine Hat College Early Learning and Child Care Diploma (formerly Early Childhood Development Diploma)
2007 -
Mount Royal University

Formerly known as Mount Royal College

Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma (formerly Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development)
Red Deer College Early Learning and Child Care Diploma (formerly Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development) 1981 -
University of Alberta Bachelor of Education (specialization in Early Childhood Education)
University of Calgary Bachelor of Education (specialization in Early Childhood Education)
  

British Columbia

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Camosun College Early Learning and Care Diploma
(formerly Early Childhood Care and Education)
Capilano University 

Formerly Capilano College
Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma

Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education
College of the Rockies

Formerly known as East Kootenay Community College
Early Childhood Education Diploma



Douglas College Early Childhood Education Diploma
Langara College Early Childhood Education Diploma with Infant and Toddler Practicum

Early Childhood Education Diploma with Early Childhood Education: Special Education Post Basic Citation
Langley College Early Childhood Education Diploma
North Island College

Formerly known as North Island Community College
Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma
Northern Lights College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Northwest Community College Early Childhood Education Diploma
Okanagan College Early Childhood Education Diploma
Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute Inc. Early Childhood Education Diploma
Thompson Rivers University

Formerly Cariboo College and Cariboo University College
Early Childhood Diploma with Special Needs Post-Diploma Certificate

Early Childhood Diploma with Infant Toddler Post-Diploma Certificate
University of the Fraser Valley

Formerly known as University College of the Fraser Valley and Fraser Valley College
Early Childhood Education Diploma Infancy Specialty

Early Childhood Education Diploma Special Needs Specialty
Vancouver Island University

Formerly known as Malaspina University College
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
University of Victoria Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

 

Manitoba 

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Assiniboine Community College Diploma in Early Childhood Education

(Formerly known as Diploma of Child Care Services)
Note: program name change occurred in 1989
Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface, Ecole Technique et Professionnelle Diplôme d'éducation en services de garde

Diplôme en Techniques d'animation en garderie


1989 -
Keewatin Community College Diploma in Early Childhood Education
(Formerly known as Diploma of Child Care Services)
Note: program name change occurred in 1989
Red River College Diploma in Early Childhood Education 1975 -
University of Manitoba Bachelor of Education with 1 year Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Human Ecology (major in Child Studies)
1976 - 1987 (to and including 1987)

To and including 2001
University of Winnipeg Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Studies
[Note: this program is only approved to and including 1990]1

Footnote: 

1After 1990, this program was only granted Child Care Worker 1 status

 

New Brunswick

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Université de Moncton Baccalauréat en éducation préscolaire et élémentaire 1973 -
University of New Brunswick Bachelor of Education with Early Childhood Education major 1970 -
 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
College of the North Atlantic

Formerly known as the Westviking College of Applied Arts and Technology,
Formerly known as the Fisher Institute of Applied Arts and The Western College
Diploma in Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education 1988 -
Cabot Institute of Applied Arts and Technology Diploma in Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education 1986 -
Memorial University of Newfoundland Masters Degree in either Curriculum and Development or Specialization in Early Childhood
  

Northwest Territories

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Nunavut Arctic College Diploma in Early Childhood Education
 

Nova Scotia 

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Jane Norman College (formerly known as the Institute for ECE and Developmental Services the Institute for Child Studies the Nova Scotia Teachers College and the Froebel Institute for ECE, Institute for Human Services Education) Child Development Services Associate Certificate Level IV


Diploma in Child Development Services

Diploma In Early Childhood Education
1976 - 1990 (to and including 1990)

1991 -

1992 -
Mount St. Vincent University Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child and Youth Study, since 1992
Formerly known as Bachelor of Child Study
1978 -
  

Prince Edward Island

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Holland College Early Childhood Education Diploma
  

Quebec 

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Cégep de Baie-Comeau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diplôme d’études collégiales en techniques d’éducation en services de garde

Cégep de Granby
Formerly known as Cégep de Granby-Haute-Yamaska
Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette
Cégep de Jonquière
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
Cégep de La Pocatière
Cégep de Thetford
Formerly known as Cégep de la Région de l'Amiante
Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Cégep de l'Outaouais
Cégep de Matane
Cégep de Rimouski
Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup
Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Cégep de Saint-Félicien
Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
Cégep de Sept-Îles
Cégep de Sherbrooke
Cégep de Sorel-Tracy
Cégep de Valleyfield
Cégep de Vieux-Montréal
Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Collège Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy (CNDF)
Collège Laflèche
Collège Marie-Victorin
Collège Shawinigan

Formerly known as Cégep Shawinigan

Heritage College Diploma of College Studies (specialization in Early Childhood Care/Education) 1987 -
Vanier College Diploma of College Studies (specialization in Early Childhood Care/Education) (Techniques d'éducation en services de garde) 1976 -
Concordia University Bachelor of Arts (major in Child Studies)

Bachelor of Arts (specialization in Early Childhood Education)

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education


1971 - 1995


 To and including 2000
Université de Montréal B.Sc. avec majeure en éducation et mineure en éducation préscolaire et enseignement primaire 1987 -
Université du Québec B.Ed. au préscolaire et d'enseignement au primaire
Université de Sherbrooke B.A. en enseignement au préscolaire et au primaire
  

Saskatchewan

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Formerly known as Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Kelsey and Woodland Campuses)
Diploma in Early Childhood Development 1987 -
  

Yukon 

Educational Institution Name and/or Description of Program Program Date(s)
Yukon College Diploma in Early Childhood Development 1989 -


*The College’s approval of these programs is subject to change without notice. 

 

 * The College of Early Childhood Educators provides information and communication in an accessible manner when requested. If you require an accessible format and/or communication support, please contact a College staff member or the College at 1-888-961-8558/info@college-ece.ca.