Pathways to Becoming an ECE

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Learn how to become an Early Childhood Educator in Windsor-Essex

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Be an early childhood educator (ECE) in Windsor-Essex. Learn more about if a career as an ECE is right for you. In the field of ECE, there are a range of career opportunities and the ability to make a positive, lasting impact in a child’s life. Working as a registered ECE is more than a job – it's a rewarding career!

How to become an ECE?

  • Is a career as an early childhood educator right for you?
  • There are several College programs that offer the early childhood educator program: Local post-secondary programs, such as St. Clair College, offers in-person programming, and College Boreal (French) - offers both in person and online.
  • Other post-secondary programs through Fanshawe College, Humber College, Algonquin College offer online and hybrid options.
  • If you are currently attending high school, you can find out more information through the career pathway to becoming an ECE- guidelines for high school students.
  • Are you a teacher within the local high schools teaching courses related to school aged children- our WERECE ambassadors can schedule a visit to share more information on the career path and opportunities the ECE program can offer.
  • For more information on ECE programs, visit online.

How to access financial support to become an ECE?

You can now apply for the ECE education grant through

Ontario ECE Grant Brochure: English / French

"The role of the educator is multidimensional. The best educators, first and foremost, use a warm, responsive, and inclusive approach, building positive relationships with children, families, colleagues, and communities. Educators participate as co-learners with families and children – learning with children, about children, and from children. Knowledgeable educators get involved in play with children to support development, challenge thinking, and extend learning. They engage in reciprocal relationships with families and caregivers, learning about, with, and from them. Educators share their professional knowledge and experience and also seek out the knowledge and perspectives of families. The value of early years educators cannot be overstated."
(Ontario. Ministry of Education. (2014) How Does Learning Happen, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 19.)

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Is a career as an early childhood educator right for you?