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Join Fanshawe College’s Early Childhood Education Program

Join Fanshawe College’s Early Childhood Education Program


Early Childhood Education can be an effective way to set the foundation for lifelong learning, positive behavior, and health. If you have always dreamt of working with children, or have children of your own and would like to know more about navigating their future Educational prospects, Fanshawe College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is a perfect way to kickstart your journey. 

About Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is located in London, Ontario, and has 43,000 students across multiple campus locations. It is one of the largest colleges in Ontario, and offers more than 200 programs. The college concentrated in the arts, sciences, childcare, healthcare, and business/ technology sectors to help students discover their passions, which will achieve their educational goals. 

Fanshawe promises to help students re-discover their potential by re-skilling and upgrading program opportunities for mature students. They aim to provide a comprehensive learning experience for everyone by participating and working with local communities, sponsored trainees, and private sector employers in the services sector. Fanshawe’s long-term vision is to unlock every student’s potential. 

About the Program

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Fanshawe College is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program that focuses on helping children develop critical social and emotional skills. Through the instructors, young students will learn the importance of playing, spending time with peers, developing hands-on experiences, and completing relevant schoolwork under a uniquely-designed curriculum. They will also be taught the valuable roles they hold as members of society. In order to provide both a nurturing and fulfilling experience, the program is designed to incorporate both theory and coursework, as well as the implementation of work-related opportunities in relevant fields. 

Skills Gained

Those who successfully complete the ECE program will have graduated with skills necessary for working with students in elementary school, middle school, and/or high school. Graduates will be required to join the College of Early Childhood Educators. They will then be qualified to work in a wide variety of environments involving young children, including child care centres, community programs, family centres, and school boards. After completion of a bridge program, students will also have the option of continuing their studies at Fanshawe College by enrolling in the Honors Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree program. 

Admission Requirements

International students must have the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test, with a minimum acceptable score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT). Test results must be from within the last two years. 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test, with an overall score of 6.0, with each of the four bands having a score of 5.5 or higher. Test results must be from within the last two years. 
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) led by Fanshawe College, with a minimum score of 70% across all sections of the test. Test results must be from within the last two years. 

Post-Admission Requirements

Once accepted, students must provide/demonstrate the following to ensure their placement:

  • A Standard First Aid course certificate (can be either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent)
  • A Basic Rescuer course certificate. Level “C” CPR is required for this certification. 
  • Good health
  • A Criminal/Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a background check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement

All of the items above are necessary and time-sensitive for continued placement in the program.

More information about these pre-placement requirements can be found on Fanshawe College’s official website.  

Tuition Summary

Tuition fees depend on whether the program is delivered in-person or online. All campus locations require the same tuition fee. For international students, the total approximate tuition fee is $29,963 for the Clinton, St. Thomas, and Woodstock campus locations. At this time, the online program is not available for international students. 

It should be noted that fees are subject to change, and are not inclusive of specific health plans, passes or programs. 

Why Become An Early Childhood Educator?

Pursuing a career that involves working with children is a great way to make a difference in young lives, which can influence and inspire future generations. Through Early Childhood Educators, students will have the opportunity to learn how to interact with their peers, teachers and other members of society, allowing them to develop the critical skills that are necessary for creating and maintaining relationships as they grow older. Because children have different personalities, expectations, learning styles and backgrounds, Educators must be effective, patient and enthusiastic in their teachings. 

While this can be difficult at times, it is definitely rewarding to see the children thrive and learn under your care. Early Childhood Educators are also in heavy demand today. In fact, according to the Service Canada website, Early Childhood Educators get the Job Bank’s highest rating in terms of growth and demand. If you love working with children and being a part of their learning journey, then it truly does not get any better than to be working as an Early Childhood Educator. 

Career Prospects

Salaries for careers in this field depend on a variety of factors, including level of Education, possession of a verified degree/certification in an Early Childhood Education program, and experience. 

Graduates of the ECE program can work in settings like: 

  • Child care centres
  • Nursery schools
  • Social/family centres
  • Before- and after-school programs
  • Hospital playrooms
  • School boards

Graduates of both the ECE program and the Honors Bachelor program can become a(n):

  • Early Childhood Educator (in pre-schools)
  • Au Pair
  • Early Childhood Educator (in elementary schools by collaborating with a classroom teacher)

Source: The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program at Fanshawe College
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