Make a difference in the lives of young children with an early childhood education degree
The education and early years landscape is rapidly evolving and requires successful and passionate leaders. Begin your journey with the innovative Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program.
This four-year early childhood education degree program will prepare you with a solid foundation in child development, pedagogy, human relationships, curriculum development, and leadership skills. You will participate in applied learning, case studies, research and field placements in the community. All this culminates in one fourteen week-internship before your final year of studies, followed by your final year capstone research project. Your studies and experiences in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program will provide you not only with your Bachelor's in child development but also with the necessary skill set to graduate and move forward into various leadership roles.
Your journey may take you to further studies in the Bachelor of Education – Teacher College or a Master of Education. Or you may choose to work and lead as a Registered Early Childhood Educator or other supervisory/leadership positions within education and social service agencies. Whatever role of leadership you choose, the early childhood education degree program will help you make a difference in the lives of young children!
A Bridging program for Early Childhood Education diploma graduates to become eligible for admission consideration into Level 5 of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program is as follows:
Two composite courses (Bridging Course #1 Evidence-Based Practice in Early Childhood and Bridging Course #2 Introduction to Early Childhood Leadership) for a total of six credits
Plus Applied Research Methods from Level 3 of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program
Plus One Breadth Course Elective (it is recommended that this be taken in Level 6 if not in the Bridge Session)
The first two field experiences in Level 2 and Level 3 are completed concurrently with course work. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to apply their growing knowledge of children's early learning and development taking into account the context of their daily lives in families and residential and cultural communities. They will also demonstrate increasing abilities to design, implement and to evaluate curriculum for individuals and groups of children. The third field experience is a 14-week work term in an early childhood program, related child and family service or relevant government department. The focus of the work term is on the students' growing understanding of the conditions that guide and promote effective curriculum and pedagogy. Professors will support individual student's learning and the preparation of a detailed portfolio by the completion of the placement. The fourth field placement is concurrent with Level 7 and will align with courses in early childhood studies, curriculum leadership, and managing projects. Students will continue in their work term site and complete a project related to pedagogy or curriculum. They will work with the site to identify the issues and collaborate with appropriate staff and families to complete the project.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Analyze the interacting social and biological forces that collectively shape early brain development and set the stage for lifelong learning, behavior, and health.
Respect families' central role in child-rearing and early learning and the impact of family structures, community support systems, culture and socio-economic status on parenting.
Lead the design and implementation of inclusive, effective curricula for young children, based upon a critical analysis of historical perspectives, observation, current research, and understandings of early human development.
Develop inclusive early intervention programs that respond to children with identified special needs.
Evaluate early childhood programs, engaging stakeholders in the process and addressing the diverse needs of young children and families.
Acquire self-knowledge, critical thinking skills and professional habits of mind essential to the practice and leadership of early childhood education.
Apply research skills, including assessment of the research process, formulation of research questions and collection and interpretation of data, in a variety of research projects.
Establish responsive and reciprocal relationships with children, families, colleagues and other stakeholders.
Perform responsibilities in a manner consistent with ethical and professional codes of conduct; in compliance with legislative and legal requirements; and, within the defined scope of practice limitations.
Advocate on behalf of children, families, colleagues and the broader community, promoting the principles of quality in early childhood programs.
Apply the principles of human resources, financial and facilities management to the operations of an early childhood program.
Collaborate with early childhood educators and other professionals in multi-disciplinary or cross-sectoral environments and across diverse domains of practice.
Communicate in a professional manner in all verbal, non-verbal and written mediums.
Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5 (ECED-7002 and ECED-7001 are for ECE bridging students only)
Level 1In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement below
ECED-7004 Human Development-Foundations
HLTH-7001 Personal Wellness
ECED-7005 Observing, Recording & Assessing
COMM-7009 Interpersonal Communication
ECED-7024 Principles to Practice in Early Years
Level 2 In addition to the following mandatory courses please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement below
ECED-7006 Human Development-The Early Years
HLTH-7002 Wellness & the Young Child
FLDP-7010 Field Practicum 1
ECED-7013 Curriculum for Early Learning
FLDP-7008 Field Seminar 1
ECED-7009 Human Development to Late Adult
ECED-7003 Applied Research Methods
PHIL-7011 Philosophy & History of ECE
SOCI-7016 Family Studies-Research & Application
Level 3 Additional Requirements
Take ECED-7008 or ECED-7002
ECED-7008 Reflection & Critical Thinking
ECED-7002 Intro to Early Childhood Leadership
ECED-7012 Human Development-Relationships
MGMT-7001 Organizational Structure
FLDP-7011 Field Placement 2
FLDP-7009 Field Seminar 2
ECED-7010 Inclusive Practice
Level 4 Additional Requirements
Take ECED-7011 or ECED-7001
ECED-7011 Curriculum for Young Children
ECED-7001 Evidence-Based Prac in Early Childhood
ECED-7014 Quality Assurance in ECE
MGMT-7002 Leadership in Learning Organizations
MGMT-7003 Leadership in a Tech World
ECED-7017 Healthy Community-Advocacy & Leadership
ECED-7016 Human Development-Current Topics
MGMT-7005 Managing Projects
ECED-7020 Curriculum Leadership in ECE Programs
ECED-7022 Research in Early Childhood
FLDP-7007 Solutions for Early Childhood Leadership
ECED-7018 ECE Program & System Delivery
Level 8In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 8 requirement below
ECED-7023 Current Issues-Leadership for Quality
SOSC-7029 Social Policy in Canada
Internship (Co-op Work Term. Usually Completed after Level 6
COOP-ECL1W ECL1 Internship
Take the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:
Taken in Levels 1 and 2
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0
COMM-7008 Composition & Rhetoric
PSYC-7044 Principles of Psychology
General Education - Electives
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Introductory Level from two of the following subjects - Humanities, Global Culture, Math, Science - Normally taken in Levels 5 and 6
Take 9 General Education Elective Credits at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory) - Normally taken in Levels 6, 7 and 8
Take 3 General Education Elective Credits at either the Introductory or Upper Level - Normally taken in Level 8
Students must complete a minimum of 35 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.
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OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream with:
Grade 12 English (U) (Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Mathematics one of:
Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics* (C)
Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)or
Any Grade 12 Science (U) or (M)
Plus four additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses; *applicants applying with Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) must have five additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
A minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above
Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 65, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
Grade 11 Raising Healthy Children (O)
Grade 11 Working with Infants and Young Children (C)
Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (U)
Grade 12 Families in Canada (C) or (U)
Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)
Advanced standing will be considered on a case by case situation based on the previous area of study.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies* (if applicable).
Note:**Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and are applying to transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% on the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% on all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 in the completed program. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in English, Mathematics and/or Science, as stated in the Admission Requirements.
This Honours Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) baccalaureate prepares graduates to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario's early childhood settings, other family support programs, and early intervention services. The goal of the program is to prepare childhood professionals with program leadership capacity to move into supervisory/director positions in a full range of early childhood programs and/or to further their studies in graduate programs such as the Bachelor of Education and Master of Education programs.