Enrich a child’s life through activities that engage and inspire them. This program gives you a strong foundation for working with children while offering the flexibility to bring your passion for other fields such as art, music, drama, exercise science, or second languages into an educational or community milieu.
In a curriculum that combines theory and fieldwork, you’ll follow a core education curriculum and choose among three areas of concentration: Administration in Childhood Settings, Exceptional Children in Childhood Settings, or Children and Technology.
As a Child Studies major, you’ll observe children interacting with experienced teachers and:
Learn to consider children’s roles in family, community and cultural contexts
Study the physical, emotional and psychological development in children two to 12 years of age
Study educational psychology and philosophy
After graduation, you’ll leave with the knowledge, skill and passion to succeed in early childhood education, work as an administrator or pursue graduate studies.
The 3-year BA in Child Studies explores many facets of child development, socialization, and education, focusing primarily on children from ages two to 12. The program is designed to accommodate career objectives for two different groups of students: people who intend to eventually pursue graduate studies to do research in Child Study or Educational Psychology or those who intend to work with children in settings such as daycare, hospitals and after-school care.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
Child Studies offers courses in the foundations of educational practice that introduce the student to theory of child development and other issues related to the care of children in today's social context. Specialized courses are offered in three specific sub-areas:
Administration in Childhood Settings
Children and Technology
These topics further prepare students to work with children in particular areas of child care. A practicum in a child care setting of the student's choosing is a required part of the program normally done in the final year of study. Child Studies provides an excellent basis for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in the field of child development and learning in either the practical or research context.
Internal applicants Students who are already pursuing an undergraduate degree at Concordia and who wish to apply to Child Studies need to complete only the Department of Education application.
If you are a Concordia student but not enrolled in a B.A. Degree (ex.B.Com.,B.F.A.,B.Sc., B.Ed.)
You must do a Degree Transferred Application form ($45) at the Birks student center. Read the information form carefully to see if you qualify to apply.
You must also fill the attached Internal Student Application to BA Major in Child Studies form and submit it to the Department of Education with the required documents.
A current transcript of Concordia grades and a letter describing previous experience and study related to child care as well as a statement of career goals . If you have accumulated fewer than 18 credits, an copy of your CEGEP grades must be submitted.
Applying as a graduating student PLEASE NOTE: If you are in your last year at Concordia University and will be graduating at the end of this academic year, you are considered to be an external applicant and must re-apply to the University by completing the General University application form as well as the Specialization Programme application. A current transcript of Concordia grades and letters of reference are required.
Graduates are prepared to take on challenging positions as educators and administrators in daycares, hospitals and after-school programs. Others pursue graduate studies to do research in child studies or educational psychology.
The Department has several specialized facilities that support student engagement in the practical application of their studies. Computers are integrated into all aspects of student life at the graduate and undergraduate levels and every seminar room is designed to support computer use by faculty members and students alike.