Canadian Vocational and ICT Academy Inc


Canadian Vocational and ICT Academy Inc

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Key Information

Campus location




Study format

Distance Learning, On-Campus


Full time, Part time


24 Month

Tuition fees

CAD 7,007 **

The Early Childhood Education program combines theory and coursework with real experience in the field. Students will learn the importance of play in children’s learning, family involvement, and curriculum design. Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of jobs including child care centers, early learning, and family centers.

Your Learning Experience

Does shaping and nurturing young minds of the future while enjoying a satisfying, in-demand career interest you? Fanshawe’s Early Childhood Education program will give you the skills and hands-on experience to get you on your way.

Our unique program blends theory and coursework with real experience in the field. You’ll develop knowledge and professional skills in child development with the assistance of our diverse courses and learn about the valuable and specialized role you play in the community.

Graduates from this program will gain diverse and dynamic skills for the evolving world of childhood education. You’ll be qualified to work in a range of jobs including child care centers, early learning, and family centers, before and after school programs, and with school boards.

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program will develop students’ knowledge and professional skills in the early childhood educator’s role and responsibilities. Your work placement will expose you to a wide variety of age groups and multiple organizations. You’ll have had dynamic and eclectic experiences that will make you more valuable to the field of Early Childhood Education

Additional Information

  • Students are required upon graduation and prior to working as an Early Childhood Educator to join the College of Early Childhood Educators.
  • Certification by the Association for Early Childhood Educators, Ontario may be applied for after completion of the program.
  • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Services program at Fanshawe College may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
  • Graduates of this program, once they have completed a bridge program, can enter into Level 5 of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree program at Fanshawe College.
  • Students registering in this program at the Clinton Site should be aware that all four academic Levels are delivered continuously from September to December of the following year; there is no break between Level 2 and Level 3.
  • Students registering for the online offering of ECE should know that there are mandatory field placements in semesters 2, 3, and 4 of the program.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:

  • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)


Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate and:

  • standing in the required course stated above


Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)


Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

English Language Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT —– 79
  • IELTS Academic —– Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
  • CAEL —– Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. a score of 80 in listening
  • PTE Academic —– 53
  • Cambridge English —– Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
  • ESL4/GAP5 —– Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
  • Duolingo —– Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 85

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)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop leadership experience in schools, churches, community, and special activity interests appropriate to preparation for this field
  • Knowledge of and interest in this field plus good writing skills
  • Visitation to or experience in early childhood settings for observation purposes is highly recommended

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. 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).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.


  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Early Childhood Education program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Early Childhood Education program. The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Early Childhood Education program.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time-sensitive.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level “C” CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement


Level 1

General Education – Take a 3-credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • WRIT-1094 —- Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies
  • ECED-1084 —- Foundations of ECE
  • ECED-1003 —- Emotional Development & Early Relations
  • ECED-1074 —- Child Development: Intro
  • PSYC-1101 —- Interpersonal Development
  • FLDP-1021 —- Field Orientation

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • COMM-3082 —- Communications for Community Studies
  • ECED-1075 —- Child Development: 0-3 Years
  • FLDP-1022 —- Field Practicum 0-3 Years
  • ECED-1076 —- Curriculum & Pedagogy: 0-3 Years
  • ECED-1005 —- Health Safety & Nutrition in ECE
  • ECED-3022 —- Partnerships with Families
  • FLDP-1024 —- Field Seminar: 0-3 Years

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ECED-3003 —- Educational Perspectives
  • ECED-3037 —- Inclusive Practice
  • FLDP-3023 —- Field Practicum 3-6 Years
  • ECED-3038 —- Child Development: 3-6 Years
  • ECED-3042 —- Curriculum & Pedagogy: 3-6 Years
  • ECED-1053 —- Promoting Pro-Social Behaviour
  • FLDP-3027 —- Field Seminar: 3-6 Years

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ECED-3039 —- Child Development: 6-12 Years
  • ECED-3041 —- Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect
  • ECED-3040 —- Professionalism, Ethics & Advocacy
  • ECED-3044 —- Best Practices: Reflective Practitioner
  • SOCI-3003 —- Canadian Families Change & Diversity
  • FLDP-3024 —- Field Practicum 0-12 Years

General Education – Electives

Take 3 General Education Credits – Normally taken in Level 1

Program Residency

Students Must Complete a Minimum of 20 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create learning contexts to enable, build and maintain caring, responsive relationships in partnerships with children, families, and communities that value and respect social, cultural, and linguistic diversity including Indigenous peoples’ worldviews and Francophone identity;
  2. Co-create, facilitate, and reflect upon inquiry and play-based early years and child care programs and pedagogical approaches to support children’s learning, holistic development, and well-being following children’s capabilities, interests, ideas, and experiences;
  3. Co-design and maintain inclusive early learning environments to value and support equitable, accessible, and meaningful learning opportunities for all children, their families, and communities in a range of early years and childcare settings;
  4. Collaborate with children, families, colleagues, agencies and community partners to create, maintain, evaluate, and promote safe and healthy early learning environments to support independence, reasonable risk-taking, and healthy development and well-being;
  5. Use observation strategies to identify children’s strengths and challenges and to ascertain when children and families might benefit from additional support or community resources;
  6. Use professional communication in interactions with children, families, colleagues, employers, the regulatory body, government authorities, and children’s service agencies to meet legal and ethical standards of the early years sector;
  7. Act in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, agency policies and procedures, and principles of evidence-informed practice and reflect upon their impact on one’s own role in early years and child care settings;
  8. Identify, report, and document when a child is in a situation of perceived risk for, or actual neglect or abuse, in accordance with legislation, the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, policies and procedures;
  9. Create and engage in partnerships with families, communities, colleagues, interdisciplinary professionals, authorities, and child service agencies to advocate for quality early years and child care programs and services;
  10. Engage in reflective practice and continuous professional learning in accordance with principles of lifelong learning, evidence-informed practices in the early years sector, and requirements of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Early Childhood Education program will have the knowledge and skills to work with children, families, and the community in the context of early learning and development programs for children from birth to 12 years of age. Graduates will be prepared to find employment in a variety of early childhood settings, including:

  • child care centers
  • early learning and parenting centers,
  • best start programs
  • nursery schools
  • pre-kindergarten and kindergartens
  • social and family centers
  • before and after-school programs
  • community centers
  • hospital playrooms
  • centers or programs for children with exceptionalities
  • school boards

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Early Childhood Education (Fast Track) (Weekend) program:

Early Childhood Educator

Deliver enthusiastic and passionate support working with children aged 3 months to four years in a child care center.

Early Childhood Education Centre Supervisor

Recruit, supervise, mentor, and motivate staff to develop and deliver quality curricula in a classroom setting.

Early Childhood Educator

Plan and implement a childcare program while building relationships with families, children, and community agencies

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