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  • Bachelor of Child Development

    Bachelor of Child Development


Program Code:BCD
Campus:Newnham, King
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Bachelor of Child Development

Program Description

For over forty years Seneca College has been a leader in Early Childhood Education. We are now pleased to offer a new degree–level program in Child Development, designed to provide you with the comprehensive theoretical and practical education employers now want. This four–year bachelor’s degree program will give you a firm grounding in teaching and curriculum courses, in early childhood development, as well as familiarity in multidisciplinary and family practice. You’ll be equipped to succeed within the industry’s new direction towards integration of services and programs focusing on the child, the family and the community.

Upon successful completion of the BCD program, you will have earned a Bachelor degree in Child Development. In order to practice in Ontario as an “Early Childhood Educator” or a “Registered Early Childhood Educator”, you will need to apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Education (CECE). For more information, please consult the CECE website at

As a student in the BCD program, you have the option of studying either at King Campus or at Newnham Campus. You’ll benefit from a dynamic campus atmosphere, state–of–the–art facilities, small class sizes and a wide range of on–site student support services including tutoring, help with English language and one–on–one academic and career advisement. You’ll also learn from expert professors with real–world experience and the dedication to help you succeed.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze and evaluate past and current theories of child development and determine their relevance for application in a variety of child and family programs and services.
  • Plan and implement appropriate and comprehensive individual and group programs and curricula to meet the developmental needs of children and their families in a variety of contexts.
  • Integrate and apply relevant legislation, policies, procedures and regulations in a broad range of early childhood education programs and settings within a changing social context.
  • Make sound judgments using effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills and act according to professional ethics and standards.
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity and fairness in all contexts related to children and their families.
  • Develop programs and services that are responsive to and inclusive of the diverse needs of groups and individuals.
  • Develop and maintain positive, respectful, nurturing and responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children, families, co-workers and the community through effective written, oral, non-verbal, visual and electronic communication.
  • Plan, communicate and evaluate responses to client needs as part of an interdisciplinary team serving families and young children.
  • Utilize a variety of effective observation techniques and research strategies to pursue best practices and conduct applied research relevant to the field of early child development and family service.
  • Plan, develop and implement integrated/effective advocacy strategies in collaboration with colleagues, families and community partners to further the interests of all stakeholders.
  • Examine and reflect upon one’s own practice to assess one’s effectiveness and modify actions/activities accordingly.
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the society and culture in the world, and genre of a traditional liberal arts education.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
      • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s).
  • Applicants with an ECE diploma or ECE equivalency with a minimum 3.0 GPA will be admitted into semester four.


  • Please note that due to large student interest, this program may be treated as highly competitive.
  • In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Be prepared to take a leadership role in the expanding services for young children and their families. As a graduate of the Child Development degree program, you’ll be able to work with many health, education and social service professionals in an inter–disciplinary approach to education. You’ll be ideally suited to work as an educator in parent/child resource centres such as Ontario Early Years Centers (OEYC), and you’ll be eligible to work in children's treatment centres. Our graduates become leaders within a rapidly expanding field. Your career opportunities will be both fulfilling and limitless.

Many of our top graduates choose to apply to faculties of education to pursue careers in teaching or apply directly to masters programs and advance their educational knowledge through further specialization.

Co-operative Education

Students in the Bachelor degree program must successfully complete one full–time co–operative education work–term in order to graduate. The co–op work experience provides the learner with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real world applications. The work–term is scheduled in the summer between semesters 6 and 7 and is 14 consecutive weeks in duration.

There is an additional charge for the co–op term.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD102 Healthy Environments: Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
EAD104 Human Development - Part I 3
EAD106 Foundations of Teaching and Learning - Part I 3
EAD108 Professional Practice in a Diverse Culture 3
EAD110 Play in Early Childhood 3
ENG106 Writing Strategies 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD200 Integrative Seminar: Field Placement I 10
EAD202 Observation Methodology 3
EAD204 Human Development - Part 2 3
EAD206 Foundations of Teaching and Learning - Part 2 3
LSO260 Principles of Psychology 3
LSP320 Interpersonal Communications 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD300 Integrative Seminar / Field Placement Infancy 9
EAD302 Ethics, Policy and Legislation 3
EAD306 Children with Special Needs 3
EAD308 Historical and Philosophical Traditions in ECE 3
EAD310 Developing and Sustaining Partnerships with Families 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD400 Integrative Seminar: Field Placement II 10
EAD402 Artistic Development and Studio 3
EAD404 Theories of Music, Movement and Dramatic Play 3
EAD406 Dynamics of the Family 3
EAD408 Conceptualizing Pedagogy: Post-modern Perspective 3
EAD410 Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD500 Integrative Seminar / Field Placement 9
EAD502 Children with Challenging Behaviour 3
EAD504 Social Construction in Education: Middle Childhood 3
EAD506 Interdisciplinary Practice: A Team Based Approach 3
EAD508 A Constructive Approach to Math and Science 3
EAD510 Emotional Well Being in Young Children 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD600 Co-op Professional Practice 2
EAD602 Brain Research and Cognitive Development 3
EAD606 Case Collaboration and Leadership 3
EAD608 A Constructivist Approach to Language and Literacy 3
EAD610 Environmental Design 3
LSO120 Introduction to Sociology 3
Summer Course Name
EAD650 Co-op Work Term (14 weeks)
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1
EAD702 Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Learning 3
EAD706 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis 3
EAD708 Early Identification: Screening and Assessment 3
EAD710 Global Childhood Context 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAD802 Designing Educational Programs for Adults 3
EAD804 Reflective Practice 3
EAD806 Applied Research Paper 3
EAD808 Family Focused Practice: Agency and Home Based 3
TRI802 Introduction to Leadership Theories 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3


Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a 7-year term starting May 7, 2008. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor Newnham Campus: Maureen Massicot
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
Domestic Admissions Advisor King Campus: Andrea White
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisors:
Newnham Campus: Laurie Johnson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
King Campus: Andrea White
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinators (King Campus): Laurie Landy
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55297
Laila Shah
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55519
Program Coordinators (Newnham Campus): Karen Nolan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22185
Martha McKay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55347
Co-op Coordinator: Lynda Trude
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55224
Program Chair: Mary Fisher
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
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