Program Information

School: McMaster University
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences/Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Psychology, Other
Description: This program is offered jointly in partnership by Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University. Students pursue two qualifications simultaneously, and graduates receive the Ontario College Diploma from Mohawk in Early Childhood Education and the McMaster Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist Program focuses on human behaviour with an emphasis on the development of the whole child. Students will learn to apply collaborative skills to support young children and their families. They will observe, practice and evaluate classroom theories through three field placements. Completion of this program can lead to career opportunities in early childhood education in full day kindergarten, child care and early learning agencies, parent-child drop-in programs and professional resource sites.

URL: Human Behaviour (Early Childhood Education Specialization) at McMaster University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $28,505

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.

Careers: Psychologists,Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Physics 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U, MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, and SPH4U. Note: it is recommended that all first semester grades and a list of all courses for the entire year be submitted no later than March 1st.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster’s English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86