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Child Studies

What can I do with my degree in Child Studies?

About the program

Education department’s Child Studies program combines theory and fieldwork. As a student, you get prepared with practical experience and a well-rounded skill set and you’ll gain a strong foundation for working with children and enrich their lives through activities that engage and inspire them. Our graduates are recognized by Quebec’s Ministère de la Famille to work in preschool settings or to work as paraprofessionals in inclusive schools or rehabilitation settings. A degree in Child Studies is also a solid foundation for further professional training or graduate studies in teaching, occupational therapy, social work, educational psychology and speech and language psychology, among other fields.

For the latest information on programs, visit the Department of Education page

Skills developed

As a student in Child Studies, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Design, plan, and develop instructional materials and share information using a range of information and communications technologies
  • Understand educational theories and practices
  • Have a good understanding about learning disabilities, physical disabilities, psycho-social concerns of children and adolescents
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Foster the physical, emotional, psychological cognitive and academic development of preschool or school-age children
  • Understand children’s roles in family, community and cultural contexts
  • Understand the needs of children and families in preschool, inclusive and community education settings.
  • Understand social policies such as children’s rights, child care, education, health, and social welfare as it relates to children and families in Canada.

  • Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding
  • comprehensively
  • Read critically and write persuasively
  • Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
  • Write reports and essays
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  • Influence and persuade
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement

  • Delegate
  • Manage conflict
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Lead and follow
  • Negotiate

  • Observe and interpret data
  • Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to make a good judgement or conclusion
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study. 

  • Child development research centres
  • Children hospitals and mental health clinics
  • Community and social services
  • Day cares
  • Early childhood settings
  • Educational institutions
  • Family and childcare services
  • Government (Municipal, Provincial, Federal)
  • Home day cares
  • International development agencies / organizations
  • Language schools
  • Libraries
  • Non-Profit and non-governmental organizations
  • Publishing companies
  • Radio/Television networks
  • Recreational centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Schools boards
  • Summer camps
  • Tutoring centres
  • Youth centres

What jobs can a Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies lead to?

Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Attendant for Students with Disabilities
  • Daycare Educator
  • English Animator
  • French Animator
  • Integration Aide
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Special Needs Teaching Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Summer Camp Educator

  • Academic Program Assistant
  • After-School Programs Administrator / Coordinator
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child-Care Worker  
  • Community Group Facilitator
  • Community Involvement Animator
  • Community Program Worker
  • Curriculum Planner  
  • Custody Visit Supervisor
  • Early Interventionist
  • Family Support Worker
  • Integration Aide
  • Playground Inspector
  • Policy Developer
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Recreation Facilitator
  • Resource Advisor
  • School Board Administrator
  • Special Education Technician
  • Support Staff in School Setting
  • Young Parent Support Worker

  • Academic Advisor
  • Pedagogical Assistant
  • Program Administrator / Coordinator
  • Research Assistant / Researcher

  • Policy Advisor / Developer
  • Program Analyst
  • Project Officer / Coordinator
  • Researcher / Research Assistant

  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Media Center Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Textbook Editor
  • Writer / Author / Columnist

Jobs and career possibilities with a Master's and PhD in Child Studies

The job titles listed below are examples of careers requiring further education such as an MA or PhD degree, a second bachelor degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Day Care Owner
  • Educational Resources Specialist
  • Educational Software Developer
  • E-Learning Specialist
  • Employee Trainer
  • Guidance / Vocational / Career Counsellor
  • Instructional Designer / Educational Technology Specialist
  • Librarian
  • Music / Art Teacher
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • School Principal
  • Social Services Volunteer Coordinator
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Speech Therapist

Start your job search

Explore career options

Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.

Field of study – Government of Canada Job Bank : Find out about employment rates, wages and the types of jobs related to a specific field of study.

Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

Here are a few recommended sites:

Contact us

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