Early Childhood Education

Welcome to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honors)/ BECE (Honors). This program builds on the foundational knowledge gained from a two-year Early Childhood Education Diploma. (See Program Description to learn more about your advanced standing into 3rd year.)

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 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. Students have the opportunity to interact with peers across varied disciplines at Brock 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.

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 an Ontario Teaching Certificate.

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Twenty credits are required to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) 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.  For those eager to begin their studies, you may request the Registrar’s office admit you to the Spring-Summer term and take 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.

Required Year Three Courses:
1.0 INDG 2F95: Indigenous Culture and Early Childhood Education
1.0 EDUC 3F01: Process of Teaching
1.0 EDUC/CHYS 3F02: Cognition and Learning
0.5 EDUC/CHYS 3P50: Early Childhood Education I
0.5 EDUC 3P53: Research, Ethics & Care in ECE
0.5 EDUC/CHYS 3P52: Early Childhood Education II
0.5 EDUC 3P85: Internship 1

Required Spring/Summer term courses:

  • One of the introductory level studies courses to satisfy the Humanities context credit requirement (e.g., ENGL 1F91; CANA 1F91; for complete listing of context credits see Brock University Undergraduate calendar)
  • One of the introductory level studies courses to satisfy the Science context credit requirement (e.g. BIO 1F25; GEOG 1F91; for complete listing of context credits see Brock University Undergraduate calendar).
  • One elective. If you requested an early start, you need not complete another elective beyond the two half credit courses in Adult Education.

Required Year Four Courses:
0.5 EDUC 3P40: Families, Schools and Literacy
0.5 EDUC 4P04: Observation and Evaluation in the Early Years
1.0 EDUC 4F50: 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 4P80: Understanding Research Methods in Education
0.5 EDUC 4P85: Internship II

Evidence of submission of application for registration in the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. Graduates of a two year Early Childhood Education Diploma program containing a foundation in: child development, developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum planning, practical experiences with children birth to 8 (a minimum of 500 hours of field placement), reflective practice, abnormal/exceptional development, psychology, play-based learning, observation and assessment, code of ethics and standards of practice, with a cumulative 75% average are eligible to apply for entry into the limited enrolment Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) degree program, and may receive a maximum of seven transfer credits if admitted to the program.

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.

Admission requirements and the Application Process

All BECE students must obtain a police records check with vulnerable sector screening for the required participation in the internships of EDUC 3P85 and EDUC 4P85. 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 field experience. The costs associated with the provision of the criminal record check and any appeals are to be borne by the applicant.

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 school/centre/program where you are completing your internship. 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.

EDUC 3P85 students will be required to hand in a copy of their police check at the first seminar, to be held in January.

Police records checks must be:

  • Dated no older than six months prior to the beginning of the placement
  • Include a vulnerable sector screening
    • 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 check with a VULNERABLE SECTOR SCREENING;
    • 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;
    • Ask whether another person can pick up the police check for you or whether they will mail it to your home address (this is particularly important if you will be away in the summer);
    • Ask how long the station will hold the police check for you to pick up (many will only hold for 3 or 4 weeks after they have been processed).
    • The process and documentation required for obtaining a police check with vulnerable sector screening will vary depending on each police service. Some of the guidelines of the police services we use regularly are listed below. Please keep in mind that these requirements can change at the discretion of the police service at any time.

Niagara Regional Police (NRP)

If your permanent address is within the jurisdiction of the NRP, you will need to obtain and fill out an Access to Information Waiver form in person with someone in our office. This usually takes 10 – 15 minutes. Please contact Betty Chambers in our office (bchambers@brocku.ca) to set up a time to fill out this form. You will need to bring 2 pieces of government issued identification (one with photo identification – not health card) with you and we will then witness the form in person.

PLEASE NOTE: we have been informed by the Niagara Regional Police that they are currently taking 8 – 10 weeks to process Police Checks. If you do not act on processing your police check immediately you run the risk of not having it done in time for your internship and therefore will not be able to complete the requirements for EDUC 3P85 and/or EDUC 4P85.

You will then take the witnessed form to your local Niagara regional police station, along with your identification and you can start the application process.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

The Ontario Police Service will require you to obtain and submit the Request for Vulnerable Sector Screening Check form. Some OPP detachments require our office to sign a portion of this form. Please ensure that you find out whether you can fax the form to us for our signature or whether they need the original copy, in which case you will need to mail the form to us and we will mail it back to you completed. Obviously, the latter will add time to the process so please budget your time accordingly. Once the OPP receives this form you can then begin the application process.

The guides attached below provide current BECE students information on the following:

Frequently asked questions

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 having both on campus and community-based learning experiences as well as opportunities to reflect on practices in the field, and time to critically examine the application and implication of theories of development, 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 an Ontario 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 inquiry based program will emphasize reflective practice, grounded and emergent methodologies encouraging thoughtful practice.

A BECE degree provides an academic background which can be applied to a wide variety of careers related to children. Examples of positions open to students with relevant experience; full-day early learning environments, child care centres, Ontario Early Years Centres, family resources centres, organizations that offer support services for families and young children. Students are encouraged to consult with Career Services.

Anyone with a two year diploma in early childhood education from a Community College with the required standing (cumulative 75% average) is eligible to apply.

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

All full-time applicants please use the OUAC 105 application: www.ouac.on.ca (Please note: September entry only).

Important!! The OUAC 105 application costs approximately $160 and is non-refundable. If applicants wish to apply for part-time study they should use the Brock Internal application ($45):
Part-time application please visit admissions.

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

This program follows the standard undergraduate fee structure at Brock University. Tuition fees for Brock courses are tax deductible.

For additional information regarding fees visit finance.

You may be eligible for OSAP funding. For information visit Student Awards and Financial Aid.

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. web-site.

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 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 student 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, and advocacy. Students may also benefit and choose an international internship 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.

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 web site.

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

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.

More information and contacts

Faculty of Education Advisement Office
foeadvising@brocku.ca

Administrative Support & General Queries
Betty Chambers
Administration Coordinator
WH 113
T 905 688 5550 x3082
bchambers@brocku.ca