Humber College

Early Childhood Education


Humber’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program prepares you to work with children (birth to 12 years) and their families. Students can expect to attain and exceed the practice-ready knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are seeking from ECE graduates in supporting children, families and the community by engaging in innovative learning and simulation experiences. These experiences take place within Humber's Carol Reid Early Childhood Education Lab, as well as within the Humber Child Development Centre - interacting with our scenic arboretum and nature-inspired playground and exploring responsive, inclusive teaching methods and leading edge-curriculum.
You will learn about:

how children learn
how ministry and government legislation and guidelines inform practice
how to create responsive, inclusive play-based learning environments and natural play spaces for children, families and the community
human development
Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of being, seeing, knowing and doing
observation and reflection, and the co-preparation of pedagogical documentation by children, families and the community
the image of the child and the significance of viewing children from a wide variety of lenses
the importance of collaborating with relevant community agencies
the importance of responsive relationships
social justice, advocacy, leadership and the role of the ECE professional

Start-Completion Timeline
January - Students beginning their studies in January are enrolled in a fast-track option. This option allows for completion of the full diploma program in four consecutive semesters, including the summer term.
May - Students enrolling in May complete the full diploma program in approximately 20 months with one summer break between the third and fourth semesters.
September - Students beginning their studies in September complete the program in two academic years with one summer break between the second and third semester.

Program Duration:
4 semesters
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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