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Early Childhood Education Fast-Track Dip

Early Childhood Education Fast-Track Dip

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

Do you already have a diploma or degree in a field related to Early Childhood Education?  If you do and are looking forward to entrance to Ontario's College of Early Childhood Educators, consider enrolling in this one-year Early Childhood Education (Fast-Track) diploma program of George Brown College.

The Early Childhood Education (Fast-Track) program is designed for graduates with a diploma or degree in a related field.  You will be taking 10 months of classroom instruction and field practice so you will develop useful skills needed to work with children from 6 weeks (infants), toddlers, preschool and school-aged children up to 12 years of age in a variety of early childhood education settings.

You need not go far for the field practice sessions since George Brown College owns and operates 12 child care centres located across the Greater Toronto Area.  You will then have access to these lab schools/facilities that reflect the best practices considered essential by  the college to provide valuable services to the families and communities that you will eventually serve.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.

Course Delivery

This one-year Early Childhood Education Diploma Fast-Track Program is offered at the George Brown campus at Ryerson University. 

Field placement is a requirement for this program. 

  • Each semester is divided in 7-week blocks. 
  • One block is for academic study, lectures and seminars. 
  • The other block is for field placement. 
  • Field placement provides a continuum that will give you an opportunity to integrate and apply theory to practice.


After completing this 1-year fast-track diploma program, you may employment in:

  • Child care centres
  • Early years centres
  • Full-day Kindergarten
  • Parent resource centres
  • Pediatric playrooms
  • Special education settings
  • Integrated kindergartens
  • Therapeutic nursery programs
  • In-home care

Future study options for graduates of the Early Childhood Education program of George Brown College.

If you graduate from this program with a GPA of 2.7 or higher, you may apply to complete the bridge courses to enter into the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program of George Brown College.

Other institutions will also give you some credit towards their degree programs if you wish to study elsewhere.

Your Early Childhood Education diploma will give you credit towards degree programs at other institutions. It also makes you eligible for entrance to Ontario’s College of Early Childhood Educators.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum and programs that support children's holistic development and are responsive to individual children's and groups of children's observed abilities, interests and ideas.
  2. Establish and maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families.
  3. Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children's learning across the continuum of early childhood development.
  4. Establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children and families.
  5. Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence-based practices in early learning.
  6. Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children, families, colleagues, employers and community partners.
  7. Identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments.
  8. Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards of early childhood education practice.
  9. Advocate for quality early learning environments and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families and community partners to establish and promote such settings.
  10. Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices in early learning and related fields.
  11. Plan, implement and evaluate Aboriginal early learning curriculum, programs and environments that promote children's, families and communities' knowledge of and respect for Aboriginal peoples and their cultures.

Course Outline


  • ECE2048:  Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
  • ECE2049:  Children with Special Needs
  • ECE2050:  Working with Families
  • ECE2014:  Field Practice III
  • GHUM1041:  History of Social Policy in Canada
  • ECE1080:  Professional Development Workshop 2
  • ECE2053:  Curriculum Theory
  • ECE2056:  Creative Curriculum
  • ECE1183:  Integrated Seminar III
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • ECE2048:  Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
  • ECE2049:  Children with Special Needs
  • ECE2050:  Working with Families
  • ECE2017:  Field Practice IV
  • GHUM1041:  History of Social Policy in Canada
  • ECE1080:  Professional Development Workshop 2
  • ECE2053:  Curriculum Theory
  • ECE1184:  Integrated Seminar IV
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

Course Info

Course Code : C130

College : School of Early Childhood

Duration : 10 months plus completion of a two-week orientation course

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College.

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is only one intake every year and this is in SEPTEMBER. 

  • You must apply earlier than June 1, 2018 though to be considered for this program.
  • If you are successful, you will be completing a two-week orientation course in June, and a final placement in May of the following year.

Likewise, consider that IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by School of Early Childhood  for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed a Degree or diploma in a related field OR;
    • One year completed of an Early Childhood Education credential, AND experience working with children (resumé required).
  • If you qualify, you must complete the following as part if the review process:
    • Information session.  Other arrangements will be made for you if you are unable to attend the information session;
    • Questionnaire;
    • Interview.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic:  60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band.

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