The Early Childhood Education Distance Diploma (ECED) program allows the student flexibility and interactive learning without the requirement of classroom attendance. This program prepares you to work with children either individually or within groups. Graduates work as Early Childhood Educators in settings that include full day early learning kindergarten programs, child care centres, nursery schools, private home child care, live in/out nanny, resource centres, cruise ships and resorts.
This program is delivered via distance. Course outline, schedule, lessons, assessments and web links are posted on Blackboard in each individual course. Most courses will have proctored tests included where the student will make arrangements to complete under supervision. This does not mean tests need to be written at Loyalist College. More specific details will be given within your course. Practicum is also arranged by the student in their Ontario community with approval given by Loyalist College.
September, January or May
An official OSSD/OSSGD transcript ( high school) or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U), (M) or (O) level, and Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent OR Mature applicant (19 years of age or older) with successful CAAT testing. Please contact email@example.com for information about CAAT testing.
Students must submit proof of the above admissions requirements within the first semester of enrollment. Grades will not be released until proof of meeting the admissions requirements is received.
Academic Upgrading is available at Loyalist. For more information click here.
Standard First Aid and CPR Level C prior to Practicum In order to participate in Practicum, students are required to produce a clean criminal record check, including the screening for vulnerable populations, by their local police service. If you have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which you have not been pardoned, you may be ineligible for Practicum.
How to Register:
For information regarding the ways to register click here To register for General Education courses Click Here
How to Get Started:
1. Courses will be made available on the course start date
2. Click Here
3. Choose ECE Distance Students
Completion of this diploma may qualify students for university transfer. For more information click here.
For a list of ECE Important Dates click here.
Curriculum: *Please Note: There are specific pre-requisites and co-requisites for courses. For more information, consult the student handbook at loyalistfocus.com. Students that started prior to Fall 2014, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for program of study course match.
REQUIRED COURSES: *Take Courses in Listed Order**
College Writing Skills
Intro. to Child Development
Introduction to ECE
Observing Early Development
Becoming a Global Changemaker
Infant Toddler Development
Infant Toddler Learning Environment
Responsive Relationships 1
Health, Safety and Nutrition
Practicum Seminar 1
Practicum 1 - Infant Toddler
General Education Course
Child, Family & Community
Preschool Learning Environment
Responsive Relationships 2
Practicum Seminar 2
Practicum 2 - Preschool
Children with Exceptionalities
School-Age Learning Environment
Policy, Advocacy & Professionalism
Practicum 3 - School Age
Elementary School Setting
(Not offered in the spring term due to schools closed
for summer break).
General Education Course
Disclaimer: Applicants must have all admission requirements*, including pre-requisites and co-requisites listed for your program of choice.
(a) Required academic preparation –
• OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U), (M) or (O) level, and
• Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
Applicants who are 19 years of age on the first day of classes in the year of admission, and who do not have OSSD, are considered as mature applicants. Such applicants must complete the required subjects for admission. If they lack the required subjects, they may be requested to write a diagnostic test. Mature applicants are treated on an individual basis and should consult the Admissions Office as early as possible to determine if pre-entry testing and/or college preparatory studies are required.
NOTE: Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or who do not have permanent residence status are considered under this clause.
The following courses are currently available and listed in alpha order below by course code.