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  • Bachelor of Child Development

    Bachelor of Child Development


Program Code:BCD
Campus:Newnham, King
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
Credential Awarded:Bachelor of Child Development

Program Description

For over forty years Seneca College has been a leader in Early Childhood Education. We are pleased to offer a new degree-level program in Child Development, designed to provide you with the comprehensive theoretical and practical education employers want. This four-year bachelor’s degree program will give you a firm grounding in teaching and curriculum subjects 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.

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 Bachelor of Child Development 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with:
    • Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
      • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) - minimum grade of 65%
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 21 years or older and has been out of school for a minimum of two years) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s) with a minimum grade of 65%. All previous postsecondary transcripts should be disclosed and may be used in an admission decision.

Prior To Second Semester:

  • BCD students will be required to apply for and receive a clear vulnerable sector police check before going on field placement in their second semester.


  • Due to large student interest, this program may be treated as highly competitive.


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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 Bachelor of Child Development (BCD) 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 Centres (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 BCD 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 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 term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Healthy Environments: Health, Safety and Nutrition
Human Development I
Foundations of Teaching and Learning I
Diverse Culture
Play in Childhood
Writing Strategies
Semester 2
Integrative Seminar/Field Placement I
Observation Methodology
Human Development II
Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood II
Principles of Psychology
Interpersonal Communications
Semester 3
Integrative Seminar/Field Placement Infancy
Ethics, Policy and Legislation
Children with Special Needs
History of ECE
Developing and Sustaining Partnerships with Families
Liberal Studies Option
Semester 4
Integrative Seminar/Field Placement II
Artistic Development and Studio
Theories of Music, Movement and Dramatic Play
Family Dynamics
Reconceptualizing Pedagogy: Postmodern Perspective
Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood
Semester 5
Integrative Seminar/Field Placement III
Children with Challenging Behavior
Social Construction in Education: Middle Childhood
Interdisciplinary Practice: A Team-Based Approach to Child and Family Services
Constructivist Approach to Math and Science
Emotional Well Being in Young Children
Semester 6
Co-op Professional Practice
Brain Research and Cognitive Development
Implications for Practice
Case Coordination and Collaboration
Constructivist Approach to Language and Literacy
Environmental Design
Introduction to Sociology
Co-op Work-Term
Co-op Work-Term
Semester 7
Co-op Integration and Career Planning
Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Learning
Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
Early Identification: Screening, Assessment and Intervention
Childhood in a Global Context
Liberal Studies Option
Semester 8
Designing Educational Programs for Adults
Reflective Practice
Applied Research Paper
Family-Focused Practice: Agency and Home-Based
Introduction to Leadership Theories
Professional Option

Note: In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

Seneca College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting May 7, 2008. Seneca College 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: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Domestic Admissions Advisor King Campus: Andrea White
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
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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