University of Guelph Humber

Early Childhood and Family & Community Social Services Programs
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Early Childhood

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood & Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to eight years and their interaction with the world around them. You will learn how to engage children in learning, understand parent-child relations and assess a child's development. You gain the know-how to support children individually, as well as work with their families, schools and the community.

Your first two years look at children as individuals. In your first year, you are introduced to the areas, or "domains", of childhood development and key issues such as human behaviour in society, nutrition and safety. In your second year, you will learn the basics of child anatomy and physiology, how to create curricula, research and observation skills, and dynamics of relationships. The third and fourth years of the program expand your focus to children and the community. You will learn how to work with children with special needs, program administration, assessment and intervention, and leadership.

Industry Connections: You will complete more than 850 hours of workplace experience. Past placements include school classrooms, early learning centres, children's mental health centres, hospital pediatric units, and inclusive learning and therapeutic environments.

Opportunities: Know the why and how. You will develop a comprehensive set of abilities to assess children's development and be able to support and educate children based on that assessment in a meaningful way. Earn hands-on experience designing and implementing play materials that meet the developmental needs of children in our Play and Programming for Early Childhood course.

Teach with toys. You can borrow from our extensive collection of toys and educational materials in the Early Childhood Resource Room for use in your field placements. Choose from developmental, skill-building, cognitive and creative play.

Sample Careers: Registered Early Childhood Educator, Family Support Supervisor, Special Needs Resource Consultant, Childcare Supervisor/Director/Owner, Child and Youth Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Education, Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, Law School, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Child Life Studies Post-Professional Diploma Program.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Family and Community Social Services

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services & Social Service Worker Diploma

Make a difference in society in a very meaningful way. Our program explores current social issues, and the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities. You will be exposed to different areas of social service work and learn how to understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, including counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Industry Connections: Starting in your second year, you will earn more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience at three different placements. Past placements include children's mental health centres, hospitals, seniors' residences, addiction centres, research clinics, detention centres and correctional institutions.

Opportunities: Simulate a community agency. Take advantage of a lab simulating aspects of a typical community agency. The room is equipped with one-way observation mirrors, audiovisual equipment, interview furniture and offices. Use it for research and to practice administrative, interviewing and counselling skills.

Participate in professional development. The Social Services Symposium is an annual themed event organized by Family and Community Social Services students that gives you the opportunity to present research and learn from various practitioners and researchers in your field.

Hands-on practice. Two courses offer you the opportunity to practice interviewing and counselling. By videotaping the sessions and receiving peer support and instructor feedback you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and help people more effectively.

Sample Careers: Case Manager, Community Youth Worker, Hospice Support Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician, Social Service Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Addictions Worker.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Public Policy, Masters programs in Disability Studies, Law School, Postgraduate certificate in ABA/IBI.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Paul Sherman (FCSS); Nikki Martyn (EC)
Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
Department Address

207 Humber College Blvd
Etobicoke ON 5L7

Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Paul Sherman (FCSS); Nikki Martyn (EC)
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood
  • Family & Community Social Services
Undergrad Comments

Early Childhood Program Highlights

Approximately 650 work placement hours built into the program
Participate in five (5) field placements, with each focusing on a different area of the early childhood field and/or stage of childhood development.
Early Childhood Resource Room
Located on campus, The Early Childhood Resource Room stocks ample material for you to use in field placements and individidual study.
Opportunity before Graduation
During your final semester, you're eligible to apply for registration with the AECEO (Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, This allows you to work as a registered early childhood educator.
Opportunities after Graduation
Of our 2009 graduates, 94 percent (%) are employed or pursuing further education. When you graduate you're eligible to apply to Faculty of Education programs as well as graduate and professional programs. From 2007 to 2009, 74 percent (%) of our graduates have completed, or are currently enrolled in, further studies.

Family and Community Social Services Program Highlights

More than 900 Workplace Hours built into Program
Three (3) different field placements give you 850 hours of direct experience.
Committment to Social Justice
Founded by Family & Community Social Services students, the Social Justice Committee has raised money for Haiti relief, volunteered at local food banks and organized lecture series.
Opportunities after Graduation
Of graduates from 2007-2009, 91 percent are either employed or pursuing further education. When you graduate you're qualified for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, according to the Social Services Worker program standard. And, you're well-positioned to pursue graduate studies in programs including family therapy and social work.
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.