Early Childhood Education (Online Program)

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) is an online Honours degree that builds on the foundational knowledge gained from a two-year Early Childhood Education Diploma program or equivalent.

Students enrolled in the BECE program gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the issues and trends in early care and education for children from birth to 8 years as well as insights into general educational contexts and theories. Graduates of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) program are expected to take on positions that require a strong foundation in early care and education or apply to graduate studies or to teacher education programs that lead to a Provincial Teaching Certificate.

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Program Description

Students have the opportunity to interact with peers across varied disciplines and locales while also engaging in coursework, research opportunities, conferences, advocacy, and community internships, deepening both their professionalism and perspectives of the field of early childhood education. Twenty credits are required to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) degree program. Please note: Unless otherwise specified courses will be delivered online within this degree program.

In addition to receiving up to seven transfer credits, you will need to complete at least 13 Brock credits. As a college transfer student, you will be entering year three of your degree. The following section details the courses to be taken each of year three and four of the program, as well as the elective context requirements between year three and four.

If you have received an offer of admission by the registration deadline for the Spring-Summer term, you may request the Registrar’s office admit you to the Spring-Summer term so you can take an elective and get a head start on completing your program. Contact your Academic Advisor to build your program plan and seek access to register in spring or summer sessions. Learn more about registration and timetables on the website of the Office of the Registrar. Suggested courses for BECE students are ADED 1P31 Learning for Success and ADED 1P33 Scholarly Writing for Adult Learners. These are online courses that will help you prepare for success in your university studies.

Online Required First Year of program (Year 3 of your degree) courses:

  • 1.0 INDG/EDUC 2F95: Indigenous Culture and Early Childhood Education
  • 0.5 EDUC 3P54: Evaluating The Science Behind the Developing Child
  • 0.5 EDUC 3P55: Young Children with Exceptionalities
  • 0.5 EDUC/CHYS 3P50: Early Childhood Education
  • 0.5 EDUC 3P51 Early Childhood Education for Sustainability
  • 0.5 EDUC 3P53: Ethics, Policy, & Care in ECE
  • 0.5 EDUC 3P85: Internship 1
  • and 1 full credit elective from list EDUC 2P65, EDUC 3F01, 4P03, 3P40, 3P70, 3P00, 3P91, 4P46, 4P62, 4P70, ADED 2F90, ADED 2F91, ADED 3F90, ADED 3P12, ADED 3P41 (note: some of the elective courses may be offered in a variety of formats — face-to-face, blended, online — see the Registration Timetable)

Required Spring/Summer term courses:

  • Global Education: A Cross Curricular Approach
  • 1.0 Humanities context credit requirement (for complete listing of context credits including those offered online see Brock University Undergraduate calendar and the Registration Timetable)
  • 1.0 Science context credit requirement (for complete listing of context credits including those offered online see Brock University Undergraduate calendar and the Registration Timetable).
  • 0.5 elective credit. If you requested an early start, you would only need to complete one half-elective beyond the two half credit courses in Adult Education. Elective courses can be chosen from any format of online, blended, face-to-face.
  • Students are recommended to meet annually with an Adviser to discuss potential options for fulfillment of context credit requirements and electives.

Online Required Second Year of program (Year 4 of your degree) courses:

  • 1.5 EDUC 4D50: ECE Honours thesis
  • 0.5 EDUC 4P52: Inclusive Programming in ECE
  • 0.5 EDUC 4P35: Global Education: A Cross Curricular Approach
  • 0.5 EDUC 4P24: Literacy in the Early Years
  • 0.5 EDUC 4P14: Mathematics in the Early Years
  • 0.5 EDUC 4P81: Research Methods in Early Childhood Education
  • 0.5 EDUC 4P85: Internship II
  • 1 credit unspecified elective (Elective courses can be chosen from any format of online, blended, face-to-face).

Note: In 20 credit degree programs a maximum of eight credits may be numbered 1(alpha)00 to 1(alpha)99, including transfer credits.

Admissions and Applications

Graduates of a two year Early Childhood Education Diploma program (or equivalent) with a cumulative 75% average are eligible to apply for entry into the limited enrolment Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) degree online program, and may receive a maximum of seven transfer credits if admitted to the program.

All full-time applicants please use the OUAC 105 application. If applicants wish to apply for part-time study they should use the Brock Internal application. Learn more about applications and application fees on Brock’s Admissions website.

Note: After admission to the BECE program, students deciding to switch to another program will have their transfer credits reassessed by the Office of the Registrar to align with other major program requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the program consultant and/or the Office of the Registrar prior to any program changes.

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The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) program recognizes the significance and importance of specialized and knowledgeable individuals in the theoretical foundations and pedagogy of Early Childhood Education to meet the needs of caring and educating for Canada’s youngest citizens (birth to 8 years of age). The program will provide students with valuable transformative experiences by fostering a diverse community of learners, exchanging ideas, and collaborating in online learning and community-based learning experiences. Students will have opportunities to reflect on practices locally, nationally, and internationally, and time to critically examine the application and implication of foundational and new theories of teaching and learning.

A Bachelor of Early Childhood Education will prepare graduates for a diverse array of positions that require a strong foundation in early care and education or apply to graduate studies or to teacher education programs that lead to a Provincial Teaching Certificate. Graduates will benefit from specialized foundational and core knowledge of child development and early childhood pedagogy as well have the opportunity to engage in practical experiences in a diverse array of early learning contexts, such as community-based placements, Aboriginal contexts, early childhood centers, schools and Early Learning-Kindergarten programs. This online  program will emphasize reflective practice, grounded and emergent methodologies encouraging thoughtful practice.

Regardless of when you obtained your diploma qualification you are eligible to apply as long as you meet the admission requirements.

Most BECE students will need to obtain a vulnerable sector check (or police check, depending on their province or context where internships will be conducted). Note: most provinces in Canada require a criminal record check/vulnerable sector screen for anyone who interacts with children or vulnerable populations. Please check the requirements in the region where you will be completing any course/field/internship experiences. Generally, you will need to apply for a new police check every year and the police check can be no more than 6 months old at the beginning of your course/field/internship experiences. The costs associated with the provision of the police criminal record check and any appeals are to be borne by the applicant. Apply for the vulnerable sector check in July/August of each year to ensure ample time for the check to be processed.

Please note, some police services will require a letter from Brock University to support your request for a vulnerable sector screen. Please contact the BECE administrator to request this letter dlarmon@brocku.ca.

Once you have received your police records check, make at least one copy. Be prepared to bring the copy (as well as the original) to the course/school/centre/program where you are completing your field experiences. It is your responsibility to present your police check to the school principal or program director or designate and to ensure you have the proper police check completed within the appropriate timelines. Learn more about police checks and vulnerable sector checks by expanding the section below.

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Police records checks must be:

  • Dated no older than six months prior to the beginning of any field experience or internship
  • Include a vulnerable sector check/screen
  • Be issued through your local police station in your hometown
    • Please keep in mind that police checks can take at least 6 – 8 weeks to be processed. If you require fingerprinting, processing time will be significantly longer.

When visiting your local police station please ensure that you:

  • Are applying for a police screen with a VULNERABLE SECTOR CHECK
  • Check the hours and days of operation of the police station, for drop-off/pick-up of police checks
  • Bring with you two pieces of government-issued identification (at least one should be picture identification, and this cannot be a health card)
  • Ask how long the estimated processing time is
    • The process and documentation required for obtaining a police vulnerable sector check will vary depending on each police service. Please keep in mind that these requirements can change at the discretion of the police service at any time.

For registration information, important dates and further details, please refer to the Registrar’s Office.

If you have received an offer of admission by the registration deadline for the Spring-Summer term, you may request the Registrar’s office admit you to the Spring-Summer term so you can take an elective and get a head start on completing your program. Contact your Academic Advisor to build your program plan and seek access to register in spring or summer sessions. Learn more about registration and timetables on the website of the Office of the Registrar. Suggested courses for BECE students are ADED 1P31 Learning for Success and ADED 1P33 Scholarly Writing for Adult Learners. These are online courses that will help you prepare for success in your university studies.

Along with your Offer of Admission, you will receive an Academic Advising and Registration Guide that will direct you to the web-based course registration system. All course registration is completed via the Brock Student Portal.

Please register early to avoid course cancellations and/or late registration fees. Visit the Registrar.

You need to ensure that you adhere to the admission requirements of any BEd/Teacher Certification program in any University of your choosing. For information on the admission requirements for Brock University’s BEd/Teacher Certification program visit the Registrar.
For the Faculties of Education in Ontario a great resource is the TEAS booklet available to download from the website.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program are eligible and encouraged to apply for admission into the MEd degree program.
Additional information about the admission requirements for the MEd.

Brock University offers a variety of student services including services specifically designed to support mature students.

Yes, prior to the start of the of the first day of classes each fall an online orientation program will be offered to familiarize students with the scope and goals of the program, student expectations, and campus life. For more information see events posted on the BECE site (current students).

There are a prescribed number of positions available in this program. Students must apply and be accepted to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Program. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.

Internships and field placements can be very beneficial for students both academically and as career preparation. The internship courses EDUC 3P85 and 4P85 are designed to benefit students’ development of theory-practice connections and to deepen understandings of the spectrum of career related possibilities. Building on the hundreds of hours of field placements BECE students have acquired through their college diploma programs, the internships at Brock offer an opportunity to engage in diversified classroom contexts, research, regional development projects, professional development, research, and advocacy. Students may choose internships in any community locale or benefit and choose an international opportunity.

First-class Honours degrees are granted to students who have completed a 20 credit honours program with first-class honours standing, which requires a minimum 80 percent average in all major credits and 70 per cent in the remaining credits. A transfer student must have completed a minimum of five credits at Brock, including all departmental honours requirements for year 4 and have maintained a minimum 75 per cent overall average and a minimum 80 percent major average (based on Brock courses only).

Second-class Honours degrees are granted to students who have completed a 20 credit honours program with second-class honours standing, which requires a minimum 70 percent average in all major credits and 60 per cent in the remaining credits. A transfer student must have completed a minimum of five credits at Brock, including all departmental honours requirements for year 4 and have maintained a minimum 65 per cent overall average and a minimum 70 per cent major average (based on Brock courses only).

The honours thesis course offers students an opportunity to conduct research related to the field of Early Childhood Education. In the fall term, students will thoroughly plan the honours thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member.  The fall term will have students focused on the development of the thesis proposal, while in the second term the student will carry out the planned project and complete the thesis (exit requirement). The student must complete the thesis to be awarded credit for the course work.

Disabilities (SSWD) is also available through the Student Success Centre providing specific supports and services for students to enhance their academic, personal, social and spiritual life at Brock.

As a returning BECE student your developing expertise would be beneficial to the wider ECE community. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in research cafés at Brock and within the community, attend and contribute to professional development conferences, conduct presentations to graduating classes of College diploma programs, and partake in the many professional develop opportunities that are available.

The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice and in accordance with the current Undergraduate Calendar. Please see additional information and Undergraduate Calendars published on the website of the Office of the Registrar.