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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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    Aug 12, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Calendar [ARCHIVED CALENDAR]

Educational Studies and Digital Technology – Advanced Entry

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General information

This fully online program recognizes the growing importance of formal and informal lifelong learning as seen in the expanding professional development needs of post-secondary instructors, as well as similar needs in the corporate, governmental, community-based, and professional workplace environments. As the educational needs of these large institutions and organizations continue to grow outside the traditional university and college-based educational system, and as human resources departments turn their attention to the economic benefits of just-in-time, online learning opportunities, there is an increased need for individuals with the knowledge, competencies, and skills associated with teaching and learning in adult education environments in the digital age. The Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology (BA in ESDT) intends to prepare a new kind of expert essential to the knowledge-based economy; an expert who possesses both a broad social understanding of either adult or childhood education and the specialized knowledge and competency base in either adult or childhood education with a focus in the use of digital technologies for learning.

All students will be required to complete the program’s core courses for 48 credit hours. Students will also complete 12 credit hours in either the Early Childhood Studies specialization or the Lifelong Learning with Technology specialization.

Note: The Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology 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.

Early Childhood Studies specialization

The Early Childhood Studies specialization prepares an expert with the flexibility to apply innovations in digital technology and inquiry-based learning in working with young children in various educational settings. The specialization emphasizes real-world inquiry/problem-based learning providing the best opportunities to develop job-ready skills in training and instruction using digital technology in early childhood education fields.

Lifelong Learning with Technology specialization

The Lifelong Learning with Technology specialization prepares an expert who possesses both a broad social understanding of lifelong learning and the specialized knowledge and competency base in education in formal and informal spaces with a focus in the use of digital technologies for learning. The key focus of this program is to explore digital lifelong learning and the design of engaging learning spaces.

Admission requirements

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.

The BA in ESDT program is available through advanced entry. The BA in ESDT is currently admitting graduates with an Ontario college diploma or equivalent, with an overall B average or better. These students can receive up to 60 transfer credits toward the degree.

Program details and degree requirements

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies and Digital Technology, students must successfully complete a two-year advanced-entry 60 credit hour program, distributed as 10, three-credit courses per year. No electives are offered in this compressed advanced entry program. Part-time studies are also possible in this program. 

Although reasonable efforts will be made to adhere to the following program map, course requirements and term offerings may change.  For the most up-to-date list of course offerings, please visit the faculty website at

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