Child Studies MA

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of a B average and a significant concentration in child studies, education or related discipline.
  • Minimum one year of professional experience in the field of child care, education or related areas is desirable.
  • Bilingualism is an asset, but not a requirement.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants will be selected on the basis of past academic records, letters of recommendation, field experience, and the relevance of their proposed research to the areas of specialization of program faculty.

The equivalence of foreign degrees is assessed by the School of Graduate Studies and is determined by consideration of the total length of program study (primary through university) as well as the quality and content of post-secondary study and its relevance to this program.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Education Courses page for course descriptions.

Child Studies MA (45 credits)

Child Studies MA with Thesis (45 credits)

15

credits of Core Courses:

CHST 600 Advanced Child Development (3.00)
CHST 603 Seminar: Issues in Child Studies (3.00)
CHST 605 Quantitative Methods of Inquiry (3.00)
CHST 606 Qualitative Methods of Inquiry (3.00)
CHST 608 Field Observations (3.00)

9

credits minimum of Elective Courses chosen from the following courses, in consultation with the student’s advisor:

CHST 610 Applied Cognition and Learning (3.00)
CHST 614 Social Processes (3.00)
CHST 618 Childhood Settings (3.00)
CHST 620 Children’s Play: From Theory to Practice (3.00)
CHST 622 The Family (3.00)
CHST 624 Curriculum Models in Childhood Settings (3.00)
CHST 630 Issues in Education: Language, Literacy, Numeracy, and Scientific Reasoning (3.00)
CHST 632 Issues in Inclusive and Special Education (3.00)
CHST 640 Special Topics in Child Studies (3.00)
CHST 650 Directed Study (3.00)

21

credits Thesis Proposal, Research, and Thesis:

CHST 697 Thesis Proposal (3.00)
CHST 698 Research and Thesis (18.00)

Child Studies MA with Internship (45 credits)

15

credits of Core Courses:

CHST 600 Advanced Child Development (3.00)
CHST 603 Seminar: Issues in Child Studies (3.00)
CHST 605 Quantitative Methods of Inquiry (3.00)
CHST 606 Qualitative Methods of Inquiry (3.00)
CHST 608 Field Observations (3.00)

12

credits minimum of Elective Courses chosen from the following courses, in consultation with the student’s advisor:

CHST 610 Applied Cognition and Learning (3.00)
CHST 614 Social Processes (3.00)
CHST 618 Childhood Settings (3.00)
CHST 620 Children’s Play: From Theory to Practice (3.00)
CHST 622 The Family (3.00)
CHST 624 Curriculum Models in Childhood Settings (3.00)
CHST 630 Issues in Education: Language, Literacy, Numeracy, and Scientific Reasoning (3.00)
CHST 632 Issues in Inclusive and Special Education (3.00)
CHST 640 Special Topics in Child Studies (3.00)
CHST 650 Directed Study (3.00)

18

credits Internship Seminar and Field Placement:

CHST 695 Internship Seminar and Field Placement (9.00)
CHST 696 Internship Report (9.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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