About this program

Start Date

September 2024


Sioux Lookout

Program Length

Two years



Ontario College Diploma

Canadore College

About the program

Please note that this program is running in Dryden, Ontario.

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students for a career in the Early Childhood Education/Early Years field. Program graduates will gain knowledge and practical skills needed to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs for children up to 12 years of age. Students will work with families, provide family educational programming and gain unique, hands-on experience during field placements.

This program offers students hybrid (blended) learning in which some classes are delivered in-person and some classes are online.

Semester 1

ECE111 Child Development I
ECE118 Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECE120 Introduction to Practice
ECE145 Guidance & Self-Regulation
HUM100 Interpersonal Relations
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology
CMM125 College Communication
ECE125 Observation

Semester 2

ECE110 Language & Literacy
ECE156 Supporting Infants & Toddlers
ECE115 Supporting Preschool Children
ECE135 Child Development II
ECE140 Field Placement I
HUM200 Group Dynamics
GENED General Education Elective

Semester 3

ECE204 Children’s Science and Math
ECE222 Creative Arts
ECE223 Field Placement II
ECE227 Working with Diverse Families
ECE225 Outdoor Education
ECE235 Supporting School Age Children
ECE245 Diversity & Inclusion

Semester 4

ECE212 Special Education
ECE218 Administration in Early Learning Settings
ECE226 Advocacy in Early Childhood
ECE236 Kindergarten Environments
ECE229 Well-Being for Educators
ECE228 Specialty Curriculum
ECE265 Field Placement III
GENED General Education Elective


Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and ENG4C/ENG4U, equivalent, or mature student test.

Are you missing program prerequisites?

Are you missing prerequisites for a program? We can help! SGEI offers common prerequisite courses during the summer, or we can arrange for you to complete a test to enter the program. All you have to do is apply, and we will be in touch with you.


  • Tuition (Year 1): $3608.24
  • Tuition (Year 2): $3559.24


Funding opportunities

If you need assistance funding your education, visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about bursaries, grants, OSAP and more. Please note that successful applicants may be eligible for Ontario ECE grants for free tuition, textbooks and/or travel.

Meet your coordinator(s)

Our dedicated program coordinators are here to help you succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Have questions? Connect with a coordinator!

Have questions about this program? Contact a coordinator directly or submit your question(s) below and a program coordinator will reach out to you.

Career options

An ECE graduate can expect to find work as a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Childcare worker, Daycare Supervisor, or Preschool Worker.

Where you might work

  • Full-day kindergarten programs
  • Educational settings as educational assistants
  • Resource programs
  • Specialty and early learning schools
  • Childcare centres or home care


I enjoy the small, more intimate class size of our [classes]. I personally think it allows for a better learning experience and a more thorough delivery of the content we are learning. With a smaller class size, we are able to have frequent discussions and a space to feel comfortable asking questions.
Tianna Masotti
SGEI Student

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