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Educational Studies and Digital Technology - Advanced Entry

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Education
Location Online
Start dates January (part-time); May (part-time); and September (full-time)
Length Four semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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Admission requirements: Any Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum B- average.

General information

This program recognizes the growing importance and the current trends in formal and informal lifelong learning as professional development needs to expand across academic, corporate, non-profit and volunteer sectors.

Educational Studies and Digital Technology (ESDT) emphasizes real-world, inquiry-based learning to provide you with the best opportunities to develop job-ready skills in training and instruction using digital technology.

The program features two areas of specialization:

  • Adult Education and Digital Technology (AEDT)
  • Early Childhood Studies

The fully online courses are designed to allow access from a wide range of mobile devices. Courses make use of video-based lectures, mobile-enabled video conferencing tutorials and a wide array of social media tools, providing a rich and collaborative learning environment.

Note: This program does not qualify a graduate for membership in the Ontario College of Teachers or to teach in Ontario’s elementary and secondary school systems. It does not provide certification for any early childhood education programs. This program is designed to lead solely to a BA in ESDT degree.

Additional information

Faculty of Education - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
College-to-university transfer website


Admission requirements

An Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma (or equivalent*) with a minimum mid-70s average.

*Graduates who hold a two- or three-year diploma or university degree not listed under the specific admission requirements should contact the Admissions office to determine their eligibility.

Note: Admission is competitive. Regardless of educational background, all applicants to undergraduate programs must have specific prerequisite subject knowledge for their intended program of study. The specific average or standing required for admission will vary from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria, including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Transfer credit

In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 20 courses toward your 40-course BA in ESDT degree.

Last year's cut-off 70 percent
Expected cut-off Low-70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.


Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Creating Digital Tools
  • Culture and Digital Technologies
  • Developing Literacy
  • Digital Technologies and Advanced Teaching Methods
  • Foundations of Adult Learning
  • Foundations of Digital Teaching and Learning Technologies
  • Fundamentals of Professional Writing
  • Holistic Learning in Early Childhood
  • Online Learning: Theory and Research
  • Problem-based Learning
  • Psychological Foundations and Digital Technologies
  • Serious Gaming and Simulations

The full program map is available on the Faculty of Education website. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Career opportunities

  • adult literacy instructor
  • child-care centres
  • college educator
  • early childhood learning environment design 
  • human resources manager
  • instructional designer
  • military trainer
  • nursery and preschool programs
  • policy development 
  • service organization educator
  • workplace/ corporate educator 
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