Overview The part-time Early Childhood Education Diploma Program emphasizes a learning process which is aimed at developing competent professional Early Childhood Educators with effective verbal and written communication skills. The early childhood education principle of supporting and enhancing the development of the whole child is methods and forms of education of children of early age basis for this program.
This includes the social, emotional, physical and cognitive developmental domains of children from infancy to adolescence. Specific teaching skills and strategies are explored, demonstrated, and practised in the Seneca classroom as well as in a variety of field placement opportunities. Research methods and child study techniques are emphasized and integrated into all Early Childhood Education courses. These include observational techniques, assessment, and individual and group planning, curriculum development and self-reflection. Field placement experiences are provided in a variety of Early Childhood Education environments including nursery schools, day-care centres and various community agencies during day time hours and are a required component of this diploma program.
All field placement students must be supervised by a registered Early Childhood Educator. Career Opportunities Graduates are employed in municipal day-care centres, parent co-operative nursery schools, community based day-care centres and nursery schools, pre-school sections of hospitals and as educational assistants in public schools and as partners with public school teachers in Full-Day Kindergartens. ECE courses require that students use approved, licensed child care centres to complete assignments. Therefore students must obtain the following documentation in order to access child care resources.