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Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education

The Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education (ECME) is a unique program offered by The Royal Conservatory of Music in partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

Educators and musicians who work with children from birth to eight years of age are invited to enhance their work and advance their career by enrolling in this innovative certificate program. After successfully completing eight courses (a combination of required courses and a wide selection of electives), teachers with a prior background in primary education, early childhood education, or music will graduate with the knowledge to provide effective music programs for enhanced child development.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight courses (three required courses, a minimum of two courses from Elective Group 1, and a minimum of two courses from Elective Group 2) are required for the certificate. The program may be completed on a part-time basis within a maximum of four years; however, many students complete it in less time. Some courses, including the recommended initial course, Music in Early Childhood, may be taken in the summer.

Required Courses

Students may only select one of Musicianship for Teachers in ECE, Level 1 or CVFS 406.

Music in Early Childhood**
Music and Movement
Practicum in Music in Early Childhood
Musicianship for Teachers in ECE, Level 1

CVFS 406   Family Supports:  Guiding Children's Development


** This course is offered in July every year, and may be taken as a single course without reference to the ECME certificate program.

Electives – Group I (select a minimum of one of the following courses)

CCLD 204   Early Childhood Studies:  Physical Development
CCLD 205   Early Childhood Studies:  Children's Social/Emotional Well-Being
CCLD 206   Early Childhood Studies:  Language Development
CCLD 307   Early Childhood Studies:  Cognitive Development


Electives – Group II (select a minimum of two of the following courses)

Orff Teacher Training - Introductory, Levels 1, 2, 3
Kodály Teacher Training - Levels 1, 2, 3
Musicianship for Teachers in ECE - Level 2

CCLD 314   Early Childhood Studies:  Literacy in the Early Years


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have one of the following or their equivalents:

  • ARCT Diploma (Teacher's or Performer's) from The Royal Conservatory
  • BA or BAA or other degree in Early Childhood Education
  • BEd from an Ontario Faculty of Education (Primary-Junior division)
  • BMus (Education) from a recognized faculty of music
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology

How to Apply

To apply for the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education, students must complete an application form and attach relevant supporting materials and the application fee.

It is important that students apply to the program prior to enrolling in any of the program courses. There are two intake periods: one in the winter and one in the spring. An early application ensures enrolment in the course(s) of your choice. Please visit www.rcmusic.ca/ecme to obtain information about deadlines and fees, as well as to download the application form.

For information about ECME classes, prerequisites, transfer credits, and application deadlines, please contact The Royal Conservatory of Music directly at earlychildhood@rcmusic.ca.

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