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Early Childhood Education

Our Program

Humber’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma prepares you to work with children (birth to 12 years) and their families, in a program recognized by The Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. You can gain the skills employers are looking for with an ECE program designed to be responsive and inclusive.

Learn about human development and how to foster children’s learning through:

  • the creation of inclusive learning environments
  • designing curriculum
  • collaborating with relevant community agencies
  • achieving early childhood leadership and advocacy skills.

In classes, you learn from faculty with experience and contacts throughout Toronto and southern Ontario, giving you an advantage when it comes to beginning your career. Humber’s unique curriculum, specifically designed to incorporate responsive and inclusive practices, is academically challenging, and designed to exceed industry standards. You will gain the skills to work with all children and families and learn how to remove barriers to support full inclusion of all individuals. The program is designed to give you valuable experience and make key contacts at four placement sites, a different one each semester.

*January start – option to complete four semesters in 16 months through continuous enrolment – based on academic standing/success.

Your Career

Enjoy a career that makes a difference in the lives of children and families with Early Childhood Education (ECE) training from Humber.

Humber College has strong relationships with employers throughout the Greater Toronto Area and southern Ontario, with an excellent reputation in the industry.

Our Facilities

Work Placement

ECE students are required to complete approximately 700 work placement hours over the four semesters. Placements are assigned by faculty. During the four semesters, you may have field practicums, working with families and children (various age groups) in licensed child-care or preschool settings, family resource programs, community programs, hospitals, kindergarten programs or home-based, child-care programs.

A different placement each semester ensures a range of experiences prior to graduation and gives you more contacts in the field. Each semester offers a block week for an intensive opportunity to become immersed in the role of the ECE.

Our Industry Partnerships

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Can’t stomach another family movie night featuring Hanna Montana or Clone Troopers? Screen one of these family-friendly movies and your kids won’t even realize they’re learning something new while they munch popcorn on the sofa. All are available on Netflix.com or Blockbuster.com. or your local video store or library (at no cost!).

  • Follow along with three animal families as they endure the ups and downs of a year, in the BBC’s amazing eleven episode series Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (2007), a showcase of worldwide natural wonders. You’ll climb the highest mountains alongside snow leopards; you’ll plunge into the deepest seas with whale sharks—all from the comfort of your living room sofa. Play the related online game, Mission Planet. where you’ll be thrust into the director’s seat and asked to manage a film crew as it travels across the continents.
  • Step into the hidden world of bugs, ants, and other creepy crawlies in Microcosmos (1996; Directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou; Narrated by Kristen Scott Thomas and Jacques Perrin). Enjoy a close-up view of beetle battles, marching ant armies, and the birth of a butterfly. Critically acclaimed for its fine-tuned cinematography, this movie is one of the most creative and lyrical documentaries you’ll ever see.
  • You don’t need a 60 x 80 feet movie screen to bring the excitement and spectacular footage of an IMAX movie into your home: IMAX has released all of it’s popular documentaries in DVD format. Join an expedition to some of the most biodiverse islands in the world with Galapagos: IMAX. Hike through one of our nations true treasures in Yellowstone: IMAX. Zoom 220 miles above our Earth and check into the International Space Station: IMAX. There are a trove of IMAX films to fit in with any of your family’s interests (or to provide more in-depth knowledge and understanding of your child’s current unit of study in school). Check out the IMAX Ultimate Collection. which contains 20 of the most popular IMAX movies on DVD.
  • March of the Penguins (2005, Directed by Luc Jacquet; Narrated by Morgan Freemen) gifts viewers with a touchingly intimate glimpse into the difficult life of the Emperor Penguin. Witness the perseverance of these tuxedoed penguins as they trek across huge distances to their breeding grounds and protect their tiny hatchlings in the most brutal climate in the world.
  • Yet another polar favorite, Arctic Tale (2007; Directed by Adam Raetch and Sarah Robertson; Narrated by Queen Latifah and Katrina Agate), tells the story of Nanu, a baby polar bear, and Seelah, a newborn walrus. Follow along as these two amazing animals make it through a precarious infancy then travel into youth, where they’ll be trained in hunting and fighting by their respective mothers. You’ll also witness the negative effects of global warning in the surrounding Arctic environment.

Bring the World Home with a World Language Movie

Travel to another country without so much as stepping foot into O’Hare Airport: Rent a foreign flick and host a world movie night! Even beginning readers will be able to catch the subtitles on the movies recommended below.

  • The Way Home (2002; Directed by Jeong-hyang Lee; Korean with English subtitles) is a touching movie that will remind children (and adults) that our relationships with those who love us that are worth their weight in gold (or Nintendo games). When seven-year-old Sang-Woo is sent away to spend summer with his elderly grandmother in the very rural countryside, he is forced to give up not only city life but also television, video games, and his favorite thing of all, Kentucky Fried chicken. Warning: make sure you have a box of tissues on hand.
  • Children of Heaven (1999, Directed by Majid Majidi; Farsi with English subtitles) is a delightful and thought-provoking movie that highlights the resilience of children’s hopes and dreams. When a young boy accidentally loses his sister’s only pair of shoes, the brother sister pair take it upon themselves to share the one pair of shoes their poor family can afford, trading them off every day and dashing to and from school in shifts. When a school running race promises a new pair of shoes to the fastest student, the boy is determined to win. Minimal dialog and a simple storyline make this movie a good pick for beginning readers, and your children just might view their daily trek to school in a new light.
  • Follow along with a little boy and his red balloon through the streets of Paris inThe Red Balloon (1956, but check out the 2008 restoration; Directed by Albert Lamorisse; French with English subtitles), one of the sweetest and most beloved movies of all times. The lively balloon seems to have a mind of its own, and the little boy, at first bewildered, finds a friend in it. Though released in 1956, this movie is a timeless classic that even today’s generation will appreciate. With its short length (34 minutes), minimal dialogue and simple storyline, this movie an especially good pick for those kids that can’t quite yet read subtitles.

Step up the festivities a bit by accompanying each movie with snacks or treats from the featured country. Cookbooks such as Kids Around the World Celebrate. The Best Feasts and Festivals by Lynda Jones and The Kids Multicultural Cookbook by Deanna Cook feature recipes for a wide array of tasty snacks, main dishes and desserts enjoyed in countries around the world that can be enjoyed right in your living room.

Pop in a movie and prepare for a night of family fun and learning—for kids and parents alike!

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Scholarship Program

The Graduate Scholarship Program was created to address the staffing needs in critical shortage areas and to improve the delivery of service to New York City Public School students. This program prepares participants to serve in the areas of Bilingual Special Education, Monolingual and Bilingual Speech Language Pathology, Monolingual and Bilingual Visually Impaired and Bilingual School Psychology. The scholarship program offers uncertified candidates a traditional path to certification by way of a Master's degree in a traditional teaching or clinical shortage area. Currently we are accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester. To apply click here .

All applications for the Scholarship Program must be submitted electronically. Supporting documents must be submitted within 10 business days from the date the application was filed:

    Possession of a Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year.
    Have a undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
    Copies of all New York State or other state teaching certificates including any Bilingual extensions to the State certificate you may hold. Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. (Example: Birth Certificate, Passport, Alien Registration Card.) A completed College Acceptance Form from a participating college/university to which you have been accepted unconditionally as a fully matriculated graduate student. If you have applied to graduate school and your acceptance is pending, please submit a written statement to that effect. Two (2) letters of reference (1 personal, 1 professional). A non-refundable application fee of $30.00 in the form of a money order made payable to the New York City Department of Education. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Please mail documents to:

New York City Department of Education

HR School Support

Office of Scholarship and Incentive Programs

65 Court Street, Room 508

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 9, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.