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Effective Fall 2020, this program will not be accepting new students into Year 1. Students who are interested in obtaining this degree are encouraged to complete Years 1 & 2 through Sheridan's Early Childhood Education diploma program. Once you've received your ECE diploma, you'll be eligible to apply for this degree, entering directly into Year 3. View the Degree Completion page for details.
Make a difference. Become a leader in early childhood education.
Outstanding career preparation
This program focuses on developing progressive leaders in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and child advocacy. You'll learn to design and manage an inclusive, positive, learning-centred environment, and you'll gain the critical thinking, business and interpersonal skills necessary to fulfill a leadership role and direct innovative practices in ECEC.
What you'll learn
- Theories of human development.
- Early childhood pedagogy and program models.
- Curriculum design and implementation.
- Roles and responsibilities of leaders in early childhood.
- Research, analysis and evaluation.
- Organizational structure and management.
In this program, you'll use technology and hands-on application in a curriculum room that emphasizes, encourages and fosters best practices in early learning based on current theoretical research. The program also includes a 14-week work-term internship and a field placement, totalling more than 600 hours.
The work term-internship may be completed in a variety of employment areas according to availability and interest.
You'll have the opportunity to find your own work-term internship, paid or unpaid, which may include international co-op positions. These may include, but are not limited to, licenced childcare centres, nursery schools, Ontario Early Years Centres, and various programs such as early education, Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten, family and community resources, parenting/prenatal and infant mental health, special needs programs as well as atypical placements such as an international placement in Hong Kong or elsewhere.
In order to enter field placement agencies, you'll need to provide a current, acceptable and valid police record check for criminal offences (vulnerable sector check) and current acceptable record of immunization. You'll need to provide these documents directly to your Internship Facilitator as required.
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As an Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Education student you’ll work in labs designed to imitate the real-world workplace. Curious to see what that looks like? Take a virtual tour of our Early Childhood Education Lab.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS EDUC38263 Quality Assurance for Early Childhood Programs 3 INFO22158 Leadership in a Technological World (Hybrid) 3 SOCS10123 Applied Research Methods in Early Childhood 3 MGMT27900 Global Leadership & Leaders 3
Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS PSYC34579 Human Development: Current Topics 3 EDUC49014 Pedagogical Leadership in Early Learning and Care 3 SOCS28448 Advocacy and Leadership: Building Healthy Communities 3 MGMT39207 Introduction to Projects as an Early Childhood Leader 3 COWT10023 Cooperative Education Internship Forum – Degree
Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15 COWT18888: Degree Internship – 14 weeks; 30 hours per week (420 hours)
CODE TITLE CREDITS EDUC30199 Early Childhood Program and System Delivery 3 SOCS30065 Research and Project Solutions in Early Childhood Studies 3 FLPL37545 Field 3 and Seminar Solutions for Early Childhood Leadership 3 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS EDUC44579 Leadership for Quality (Independent Studies) 9 SOCS37721 Social Policy in Canada 3
Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
Courses subject to change.
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Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including the following required courses:
- One English, Grade 12 (ENG4U) with a minimum 65%.
One Math, Grade 11* (U or M) or Grade 12(C)* or Grade 12 (U) or Science, Grade 12 (M) or Biology, Chemistry or Physics Grade 12 (U).
- Four other (U) or (M) courses at the Grade12 level; *Applicants presenting with the Math, Grade 11 (U or M) or Grade 12 (C) must have five other (U) or (M) courses at the Grade 12 level.
- Minimum 65% overall average.
Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average.
Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).
Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a further seven-year term starting September 1, 2017 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
When you complete the Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) bachelor’s degree, you'll be prepared to guide and lead curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario’s early childhood settings.
Here are some places you might work:
- Before- and after-school programs
- Child-care centres and programs
- Early intervention services
- Early learning/full-day kindergarten programs
- Newcomer Programs
- Ontario Early Years Centres and other family resource programs
- Research Centres
As a graduate of an Early Childhood Education diploma (or equivalent, as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater (average C+), you may be eligible to complete Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership degree program through Degree Completion.
Get your degree in less time
Degree Completion allows you to apply your diploma credits toward a Sheridan degree. You'll get significant credit for the courses you completed in your diploma, which means you can complete your degree and advance your career sooner.
How to apply
To apply for Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion, visit ontariocolleges.ca and submit an application using the appropriate program code:
- For full-time studies: PBECB
- For part-time studies: PBECBP
As a Degree Completion student, you must first complete these four (4) mandatory courses:
- EDUC 10009 – Evidence Based Practices in EC Programs
- EDUC 17198 – Introduction to EC Leadership
- TBD (Breadth Elective)
- ENGL 17889GD – Composition and Rhetoric
All four courses are offered during the Spring–Summer semester. Some courses are offered in the Fall and Winter semesters.
Once you have successfully completed all four courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, you will automatically progress to Year 3 (Semester 5) of the degree program.
You can choose to complete these four courses and the remaining Year 3 and Year 4 courses of the degree as a full-time or part-time student. Courses are offered throughout the year. Please note, however, that you can only start Year 3 (Semester 5) in the Fall term.
Have a question about Degree Completion? Please get in touch – we're happy to help!
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Analyze the interacting social and biological factors that collectively shape early brain and human development and set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
- Integrate into practice respect for families' central role in child-rearing and early learning and the impact on family structures, community support systems, culture and socio-economic status on parenting.
- Exhibit leadership in the design and implementation of responsive curriculum based on critical analysis of pedagogy, historical perspectives, and understandings of early human development.
- Design inclusive early childhood environments reflective of, and responsive to, children's varied abilities and exceptionalities.
- Evaluate early childhood programs, engaging stakeholders in the process and addressing diverse strengths and needs of young children and families.
- Construct a pedagogical leadership philosophy based on critical analysis, metacognitive theory, and self-reflection 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.
- Develop responsive and collaborative professional relationships with children, families, colleagues and community partners.
- 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 for and with children, families, colleagues and the broader community, promoting the principles of quality in early childhood programs.
- Apply the basic principles of human resources, financial and facilities management to the operations of an early childhood program.
- Collaborate with early childhood educators and other interdisciplinary professionals in the early years sector.
- Communicate professionally using structured and coherent arguments through a variety of mediums, informed by key concepts and techniques in Early Childhood studies, to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.
Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.
Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.
Learn more about Co-operative Education and Internships at Sheridan.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$3,933.30
Notes: Degree Completion term to Third Year - fees for 1 summer semester
Fees for International students$10,434.30
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
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Full-time 4 years Program code: PBECB
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