The MA in Child Studies investigates child cognition, emotion, social functioning, language, literacy, numeracy, moral development, special needs learners, and play. Education researchers also consider the critical role that families, peers, teachers, schools, inclusive practices, communities and culture play in development. They examine factors that shape children’s development using quantitative, mixed method, and qualitative approaches (including arts-based methodologies). Students also have access to our Observation Nursery to document children’s learning processes. Faculty members offer individualized mentorship and support, allowing students to link theory to practice while completing an internship project or thesis. Montreal provides numerous settings in which students can work with children and families in both English and French, including Quebec’s universal childcare system, preschool programs, diverse schools (including French immersion and alternative schools), after-school programs, two children's hospitals, and community services.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Students may choose to apply to one of two options in their pursuit of this degree:
Option A (Thesis Option): Students will pursue a particular area of interest, conduct their own research, and report the research in a thesis.
Option B (Internship Option): Students will complete 200 hours of fieldwork in a setting serving children or youth, and will write a comprehensive internship report based on this experience.
In both options, students are supervised by a faculty member with mutual interests. Thesis and internship students also take many of the same courses, allowing for rich exchanges amongst students with various professional, research, and personal experiences.
Our faculty members are a diverse group of educators committed to excellence in teaching, research, and community service. They are well known for their strong research profiles that inform their teaching and afford graduate students the opportunity to work on cutting edge research.
Faculty research interests include:
children's peer and sibling relationships
historical and international perspectives on childcare
Students who select the Internship Option work in conjunction with a faculty member to determine a placement site and identify an issue to be explored at the site. Past students have worked in settings such as community agencies, childcare centres, schools, and hospitals.
Internships typically take place during the program’s second year. Students first propose an issue to explore (for example, child development, family relationships, teaching quality, curriculum development, service delivery), then complete the internship and write a comprehensive report of the internship experience.
The Graduate Child Studies Association represents all students in our program and is responsible for organizing a number of social events throughout the academic year.
The Graduate Symposium in the Department of Education (GSDE) is an annual event that invites students across Canada to present their research. The GSDE is a student-run conference and offers you the opportunity to learn more about grant applications and event planning.
Graduate students are also encouraged to present their research findings at various regional, national, and international conferences. Past students have presented papers at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Canadian Education Researchers’ Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Association for the Study of Child Language.
Our alumni are highly sought after by school boards, childcare providers, governments, and community agencies. Recent graduates can be found working as teachers, pedagogical consultants, curriculum developers, administrators of childcare or early intervention programs, and research coordinators. Others are pursuing doctoral degrees in education or various branches of psychology (e.g., school, clinical, or developmental).
Examples of companies and institutions our alumni have gone on to work for include:
Accueil aux Immigrants de l’Est de Montréal
Air Canada Vacations
Alberta Health Services
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Centre de la Petite Enfance Duluth
Collège de comptabilité et de secrétariat du Québec