Durham College launches new leadership micro-credentials for ECEs

Early Childhood Educators looking to take on leadership roles can now gain the necessary skills through a series of new micro-credentials offered by Durham College (DC) in partnership with the Region of Durham.

The Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood Education micro-credentials are fully online and are offered by DC’s Professional and Part-time Learning department. Registered Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) with good academic standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators are eligible and invited to apply.

These micro-credentials focus on developing financial management and the leadership skills that are critical for the role of a supervisor. Students will use simulation, case studies and mentorship to develop skills to effectively recruit and supervise staff, manage budgetary requirements and maintain accurate records and standards within an early childhood education centre.

“We are proud to offer these micro-credentials which allow ECEs to enhance their careers while supporting critical needs in early childhood education centres,” said Nora Simpson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Liberal Studies and Professional and Part-Time Learning at DC. “With this flexible delivery model, we are supporting students while also supporting families who rely on child care programs across the region and province.”

The opportunity is offered in partnership with the Region of Durham, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada as part of the Canada-Ontario Early Childhood Workforce Agreement, which provided one-time federal funding to support retention and recruitment of a high-quality child care and early years workforce.

“This is an exciting time to work in early learning and child care, because the system is growing and it needs a skilled workforce,” said Julie Gaskin, Director of Children’s Services for The Regional Municipality of Durham. “The Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood Education micro-credentials will support ECEs in developing their skills and building their career in this very rewarding sector, making a positive difference for families in our community.”

Financial support is available to eligible applicants in the form of an education grant, travel grant and training allowance. Learn more about these government grants at www.ecegrants.on.ca.

Students can apply now to start in May.