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Type: Ontario College Diploma 

Length: 2 Years

Partner: Canadore College 

Delivery: Intensive - students attend week-long sessions approximately once a month 

Next Intakes: September 2020

Locations: Cochrane, Parry Sound

Tuition: $6,599.48* for 2-YEAR DIPLOMA 

*subject to change 


There is an increased demand for qualified early childhood educators across communities in Ontario. Get the skills you need to start a rewarding career working with young children. This activity-based program is taught using a holistic approach in which the stages of a child’s developmental growth are emphasized including cognitive skills and socio-emotional development. 

Learners will explore Indigenous community realities within the context of the early childhood education field. Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding the world are examined and presented with knowledge and skills relative to Indigenous culture, values and practices. Students learn from an Indigenous perspective through intensive field placements that focus on personal growth and skills application.  


Your program includes field placement and volunteer opportunities that will give you hands-on experience!  

Over the course of your program, you will complete three field placements (approximately 550 hours over two years) that focus on children from birth to age 12. These real-world experiences are mandatory and follow guidelines established by the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. They are designed to allow you to integrate classroom teachings with professional practice in early learning programs.  

Through your placements, you will gain valuable experience that will help you understand the diverse roles, settings, and responsibilities of an Early Childhood Educator.

Field Placement FAQs


  • Organizational/community development 
  • Program planning 
  • Family dynamics 
  • Child development 
  • Infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and school-aged curricula 
  • Language and literacy development 
  • Health, safety and nutrition 
  • Special education 


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


Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U).


Year One (September 2020 – April 2021) 

  • Child Development I
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Introduction to Practice
  • Guidance and Self-Regulation
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • College Communication
  • Observation
  • Language and Literacy
  • Supporting Infants and Toddlers 
  • Supporting Pre-School Children
  • Child Development II
  • Field Placement I
  • Group Dynamics
  • General Education Elective 

Year Two (September 2021 – April 2022) 

  • Children's Science and Math 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Field Placement II 
  • Working with Diverse Families 
  • Outdoor Education 
  • Supporting School Age Children
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Special Education 
  • Administration in Early Childhood Learning Settings
  • Advocacy in Early Childhood
  • Kindergarten Environments
  • Children's Technology
  • Specialty Curriculum
  • Field Placement III
  • General Education Elective

Graduates can apply to register with the College of Early Childhood Educators.

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For more information contact Recruitment 1.800.267.0637, ext.156 or email us: recruitment@fnti.net