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Early Childhood Education

On completion of this course, you will be able to work with children aged 0 to 12 to create a living environment conducive to their physical, psychomotor, cognitive, language, social-emotional and moral development. You will be able to design, organize, lead and assess educational activities that promote children’s overall development.

About the program

Program objectives
This program trains individuals to become early childhood educators.

Early childhood educators work with children between the ages of 0 and 12. Their main task is creating an environment that fosters the physical, psychomotor, cognitive, language, socio-emotional and moral growth of children by nurturing an emotionally positive relationship with them. They are also responsible for creating, organizing, conducting and evaluating educational activities that contribute to the overall development of the children in their care.

Early childhood educators must work closely with parents and other concerned parties to ensure that everyone involved agrees with the care being provided to the child and that everyone can be consistent in their efforts to maintain such care. They must also actively and regularly work as part of a team with other early childhood educators. This particular job requires excellent listening skills, open-mindedness, creativity and a good sense of organization.

Early childhood educators can work in various types of childcare settings: facility or home-based centres for early childhood (CECs), school childcare services, for-profit daycares, drop-in centres and nurseries. Educators must have the versatility required to work in any of these environments.

This program meets the two main requirements of collegial training—the mastery of a specific technical function and versatility. Mastery of a specific technical function stems from the acquisition of skills required to work in different childcare settings. Versatility stems notably from the acquisition of general skills that provide educators with strong basic training related to overall child development, sociological concepts that allow them to understand the needs and behaviours of children in different age groups and environments as well as the application of principles and techniques related to communication and teamwork. Versatility also stems from an understanding of the specific skills required in different settings. This allows graduates to work in a variety of environments throughout their careers.

Condition of admission

Before applying to a program leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DCS), applicants who studied in Québec must meet the following three requirements:

The applicant must have a Secondary School Diploma and be in one of the following situations:
The applicant has a Secondary School Diploma (SSD)*
NOTE: a SSD holder that has not passed the following courses may be required to complete remedial courses:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
Secondary 5 Second Language
Secondary 4 Mathematics
Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Physical Science
Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education or Secondary 4 History of Quebec and Canada
The applicant holds a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) and has successfully completed the following subjects*:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
Secondary 5 Second Language
Secondary 4 Mathematics
The applicant has training deemed equivalent by the College.
The applicant has training and experience deemed sufficient by the College and has interrupted full time studies for at least 24 months.
The applicant satisfies, if applicable, the special conditions for admission established by the Minister which specify the program prerequisites*.
The applicant satisfies, if applicable, any special conditions for admission established by the College for each of its programs.


*If the applicant is enrolled in school and completing his or her secondary studies at the time of application, the grades sent by the school must demonstrate that the applicant is passing in all the courses required to complete the SSD and required to fulfill the admission requirements.

Available in 28 institutions

3 years

Technical Program

Establishments offering this program

Cégep de Granby (Courses offered in French)

Français

Heritage College

English

Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Campus de Rouyn-Noranda) (Courses offered in French)

Français

Student apartments available

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme (Courses offered in French)

Français

Cégep André-Laurendeau (Courses offered in French)

Français

Student apartments available

Cégep de Sept-Îles

Français

Student apartments available

Vanier College

English

Student apartments available

Heritage College

English

Cégep de Sherbooke (Centre de formation continue) (Courses offered in French)

Français