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Early Childhood Education (ECEP)

Available as a two-year program, distance or apprenticeship studies

The first five years of a child’s life are critical to their future success — academically, economically and socially. Early childhood educators are an instrumental part of that magic. By guiding children through playbased learning and exploration they make a difference that lasts a lifetime.
  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Graduates work as early childhood educators in settings such as:

• Full-day kindergarten programs
• Childcare centres
• Nursery schools
• Private home childcare
• Live-in and live-out nanny
• Resource centres
• Cruise ships and resorts
91% of 2014 Loyalist grads were employed within six months of graduation.

*Source: KPI Survey 2014, Forum Research Inc. for Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Early Childhood Educator, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Educational Assistant, Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board
  • Acting Assistant Director & Head Preschool Teacher, Catundra Day Care Centre
  • Early Childhood Educator, Kinder Learning Centre
  • Toddler Teacher, Montessori School House

Is it for you?

You love kids. Of course you do. But is this the career for you? It may be a good fit if you have:

  • Patience and compassion
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • The ability to approach a challenge from different perspectives
  • A sense of fun

What employers say

“Early Childhood Education students are getting an extremely formative background here at Loyalist. They are led by people that have a real vision for play-based learning and they’re given lots of opportunities to apply theory into practice.”
Lynne Crawford Beare
Curriculum Coordinator, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

Experiential learning

Loyalist’s ECE program consistently ranks high in student and graduate satisfaction, combining theory with practise:

• Design and implement curriculum to meet the diverse learning needs of children at different stages.
• Learning emphasizes inclusive practices, partnerships with families, multiple intelligences and evidence-based practices supported by current research.
• Develop reflective practitioner skills with one-on-one faculty mentoring.
• Develop authentic relationships with children while you put theory into practice.
• Get a range of experiences in childcare centres, kindergartens and school-age community programs.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Experienced faculty share their knowledge of best practices and today’s job realities
  • Teachers work with students in the selection of placement experiences to support their individual interests and career goals

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