1. An applicant must possess a diploma or degree from a program that relates to the practice of early childhood education. The diploma or degree must be granted by a post-secondary institution recognized in its own jurisdiction. The program must be at least four semesters in length.
2. The academic program completed by the applicant must provide satisfactory evidence of course content that demonstrates the applicant achievement of the following nine vocational learning outcomes related to the practice of early childhood education:
(a) ability to plan curriculum that is based on a thorough understanding of child development.
(b) ability to plan and implement individual programs and curriculum to meet the developmental needs of children.
(c) ability to utilize a variety of observation techniques to enhance work with children, families, and co-workers.
(d) ability to maintain responsive relationships with individual children and groups of children.
(e) ability to establish and maintain safe and healthy environments which best meet the requirements of current legislation, regulatory bodies and program policies.
(f) ability to develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal and electronic communications with children, families, co-workers, employers and individuals/agencies.
(g) ability to apply relevant legislation, policies, procedures and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
(h) ability to apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards.
(i) ability to act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity to support the development and learning of individual children, within the context of his/her family, culture and society. [i]
3. The academic program completed by the applicant must provide satisfactory evidence of course content that demonstrates the applicants achievement of the general education requirement through courses that are designed to address one or more of the following goals:
(a) aesthetic appreciation: understand beauty, form, taste and the role of the arts in society.
(b) civic life: understand the meaning of freedoms, rights and participation in community and public life.
(c) cultural understanding: understand the cultural, social, ethnic and linguistic diversity of Canada and the world.
(d) personal development: gain greater self-awareness, intellectual growth, well-being and understanding of others.
(e) social understanding: understand relationships among individuals and society.
(f) understanding science: appreciate the contribution of science to the development of civilization, human understanding and potential.
(g) understanding technology: understand the interrelationship between the development and use of technology and society and the ecosystem.
(h) work and economy: understand the meaning, history and organization of work; and working life challenges to the individual and society. [ii]
4. There must be a minimum of three courses equivalent to a minimum of approximately 45 instructional hours each in order for the applicant to demonstrate the general education requirement.
5. The course credits in the applicants academic program which demonstrate the general education requirement cannot also be used to demonstrate the applicants achievement of the vocational learning outcomes set out in section 2.
Experience Related to the Practice of Early Childhood Education
6. An applicant must demonstrate that he or she has satisfactory experience in the practice of early childhood education through work experience, internship experience or practicum experience. It may not be demonstrated through volunteer work.
7. The applicants experience in the practice of early childhood education must relate to at least two of the following three age groupings: infant/toddler, pre-school and school age provided that the applicants experience combined with the course content of his or her academic program relates to all three age groupings.
8. The nature, content and length of the applicants experience in the practice of early childhood education must be equivalent to the field placement requirement of a four-semester diploma program in early childhood education offered at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology.
An applicant must submit a completed Application Form, in the form provided by the College, and the required documentation, together with the applicable fees.
9. An applicant must submit the following documentation, in a form acceptable to the College:
(i) an official transcript of the applicants academic program;
(ii) an official course outline or syllabus of the applicants academic program that describes both the academic courses and practicum, where applicable;
(iii) validated evidence of successful completion of practicum experience or work experience. In the case of work experience, the evidence will include an employer reference letter(s) and other official documents which validate, among other things, the applicants job title, job duties and responsibilities and successful performance;
(iv) in the case of an internationally educated applicant, an academic credential evaluation report from a third party assessment agency, acceptable to the College, as described in section 10; and
(v) such other documentation which the College determines is relevant to the assessment of the applicants academic program and experience.
10. An internationally educated applicant must also submit his or her academic credentials to a third party assessment agency, acceptable to the College, (Currently,World Education Services), in order to obtain an academic credential evaluation report of the applicants academic credentials. The applicant is responsible to pay the agency any fees related to its assessment of the applicants academic credentials. The applicant must authorize the agency to provide the academic credential evaluation report and any supporting documentation provided by the applicant to the agency, to the College for its consideration. The College will consider the academic credential evaluation report principally in connection with the criteria described in section 1. The academic credential evaluation report (and any opinion expressed by the assessment agency) will be taken into account by the College but is not binding on the College. The College will make its own determination regarding an applicants educational qualifications and experience.
11. All documents submitted by an applicant to the College must be in English or French or translated into English or French. The College will accept documents translated into English or French provided that the translation is an original, has been done by an organization or person acceptable to the College, and bears the seal and contact information of the organization or person who has done the translation. The applicant is responsible to pay any fees associated with translation of documents.
12. Upon request, alternatives to the required documentation may be accepted by the College if an applicant cannot obtain the required documentation for reasons beyond his or her control.
[i] The nine vocational learning outcomes are copied from the Early Childhood Education Program Standard approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities published by that Ministry (html version 2002; ISBN 0-7794-3908-2; and PDF version 2002; ISBN 0-7794-2412-3.
[ii] The eight goals related to general education are copied from the Early Childhood Education Program Standard approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities published by that Ministry (html version 2002; ISBN 0-7794-3908-2; and PDF version 2002; ISBN 0-7794-2412-3).