Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:
  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent.

Recommended courses or skills: What's this?

These courses are not required for admission.

  • Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society - Grade 12 (M)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology - Grade 11 (M)
  • Issues in Human Growth Development - Grade 12 (M)
  • Living and Working with Children - Grade 11 (C)
  • Parenting and Human Development - Grade 12 (E) or Parenting - Grade 11 (O)
  • Volunteer, co-operative or community service work experience with groups of young children aged 0-5 years
Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Program Requirements What's this?
Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

All employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for field placements as a result of Bill 18. The CRC will be required at the beginning of the program Term 1. All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student. Note: Students with criminal charges or convictions will be severely limited in placement and/or employment opportunities. Those with criminal charges pending or an uncleared criminal record (criminal convictions must be pardoned, sealed or expunged) are not eligible for a field placement experience.


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs associated with such transportation.

Health Requirements:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Student Health Services prior to start of the program. Please view the current CDS form and checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and 2 step TB testing) at
  • Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria pertussis vaccinations are recommended.
  • A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR level C) and Standard First Aid certification is required.
  • Students applying to the ECE program should recognize the physical demands involved in caring for children and may be required to lift up to 11.7 kilograms (50 pounds).
  • All costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • All health requirements must be met or a placement will be denied.