Students at centennial college's early childhood education benefit from real world experiences
Students at Centennial College’s Early Childhood
Education Benefit from Real World Experiences
Today, it isn’t only nursery schools or childcare centres that require the
know-how of childcare professionals. Places such as drop-in centres,
shelters for women, and children and parent resource centres are also
employing men and women with expertise in this area.
Centennial College’s Early Childhood Education is a full-time program that
teaches students the know-how they need to provide high standards of
quality care to children and their families. This is achieved in a proactive
way, with all four semesters of training featuring hands-on practice and a
curriculum that reflects current trends and directions in the ECE field.
In fact, one of the standout aspects is the amount of hands-on practice that
students receive during their time in the offering. The useful experiences
include practical application in two, on-campus early childhood education
centres that serve as lab schools, which allow students to witness and
understand what high quality childcare is all about.
As a result of the thorough training students receive in the ECE program,
graduate employment, graduate and employer satisfaction have all
consistently remained above 80 per cent for several years. Among the
employers hiring students are: Aisling/ Discoveries Centre for Children &
Families, Friends Day Care, Toronto Board of Education and the YMCA.
Among specific program courses are:
An Introduction to Early Childhood Education: A solid base is vital for
success in early childhood studies. As such, this overview course is offered
in the first semester to give students grounding in the history of the
profession from a global perspective and the exploration of various service
delivery models and theoretical approaches to working with young children
and their families.
The Child at the Centre of the Curriculum: Children’s interests must be
recognized in the development of a curriculum and this course teaches
students to construct and implement experiences that are responsive and
enhance the development of the whole child. As a hands-on component,
students use Emergent Curriculum principles to construct, implement and
document a variety of experiences that enhance children’s learning in a
range of curriculum content areas.
Child Development - Theoretic Perspective: Freud, Piaget, Erikson and
Vygotsky have significantly affected the understanding of child
development. Their contributions are studied in this course as the
framework and foundations that define ‘quality’ experiences in the early
Advocacy and the Emerging Professional: Accessibility, affordability,
flexibility, and quality child-care issues impact children, family life and the
roles and responsibilities of caregivers. In this course, students examine
current trends and issues in the field of early childhood education, including
relevant legislation, policies, procedures, and regulations, within a changing
Centennial College students compliment their on-campus experience with
field placements at child care centres in Toronto under the supervision of
faculty members. These instructors visit agencies at pre-arranged times to
observe students in action with the children, clarify student expectations
and responsibilities and provide feedback regarding strengths and needs.
Final grades are assigned based upon the competencies and grading system
outlined in the field manual.