​Approval of Education Programs

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There are different ways that individuals can meet the education requirement for registration. One of the ways is to complete a program approved by the College. Under the Registration Regulation, the College has the authority to approve certain types of post-secondary programs for equivalency to the current standard that is used for the education requirement for registration. The current standard is a two-year diploma program in early childhood education from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology. 

Graduates of an approved program are considered to meet the education requirement for registration with the College.  

A current list of approved programs can be found on the College’s Education Programs list. ​

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General in​formation regarding the approval of education programs​​

Any program in early childhood education, or whose course content is relevant to early childhood education, offered by a Canadian post-secondary institution can apply for approval.

This does not apply to the two-year early childhood education diploma programs delivered by Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. You can view a list of early childhood education diploma programs delivered by OCAATs here.

The College may approve post-secondary programs in early childhood education, or programs with course content relevant to early childhood education, offered by a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The College does not accept applications from post-secondary institutions outside of Canada.

Current programs approved by the College can be found on the Education Programs List. Graduates of programs on the education programs list are considered graduates of an approved program if the official transcript shows completion of program/graduation by the program approval end date.

Graduates of education programs previously approved by the College will also meet the education requirement if the official transcript shows completion of the program/graduation by the program approval end date. The list of education programs previously approved by the College can be found on the Education Programs page.​​​

A post-secondary institution applies by submitting a complete application package accompanied by all the required supporting documents and applicable fees for each program. If the institution is applying for more than one program, separate application packages are required. Instructions on how to apply can be found in the Program Application Portfolio​.



Generally approval will be granted for either 2 or 5 years (See Section 4.4 of the policy. Programs will be required to report to the College on an annual basis in order to maintain their status.

A post-secondary institution that is approved is required to:
  • Enter into an agreement with the College on communications, promotion, and marketing regarding the College’s approval of the education program(s);
  • Submit an Annual Reporting Form along with the required fee;
  • Notify the College about any changes that may impact the program’s approval; and,
  • Participate in program audits if required by the College.

A program will be issued a “not approved” decision if the program:
  • Does not meet one or more of the minimum requirements,
  • Does not meet one of more of the assessment requirements, or
  • Could not be fully assessed under the policy because the College was given insufficient information to complete the assessment.

The post-secondary institution will be notified of the decision and provided with the opportunity to respond before a final decision is made. The outcome of that process constitutes the College’s final decision about the approval of the program.

Graduates from programs not approved by the College can still apply for registration through the College’s individual assessment of educational qualifications process. More information regarding the process can be found on the Individual Assessment of Educational Qualifications page.

A post-secondary institution may withdraw its application at any time by submitting a written request, signed by the institution’s authorized official. Contact the College at education-programs@college-ece.ca for information.

Interested in Applying?

If your institution is interested in applying for program approval, please review the Approval of Education Programs Policy and the FAQs before submitting an application to ensure eligibility. ​​​​

Resources:
Education Program Application Package​


Part 1: Application ​​Form​​

​Part 2: Program Application​ Portfolio


Questions?

If you can’t find the answer to your question or need clarification regarding the review process, contact us by email at education-programs@college-ece.ca​​.