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Child Studies Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career working with Children

Those who work in child studies have a highly demanding, but rewarding job – they get to see and help children as they grow, change and overcome obstacles. Child studies (also known as child development or early childhood leadership) programs prepare students to work with children, their families and community services to enhance education and promote healthy development. Ontario college child studies programs can lead to careers in both education and early childhood development.

If you love working with children and are interested in a career in child development, here’s what you need to know. More

Child Studies Courses

Child studies programs at Ontario colleges prepare students to work with children who have emotional and behavioural issues, and other needs and challenges. The program emphasizes the role that families and communities have in child development, and examines how to adjust and integrate these roles into program and learning plans.

Courses provide students with the skills to analyze children affected by various social, cultural, economic and environmental factors and create appropriate educational programming for these situations. Course subjects could include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Human development
  • Family dynamics and relations
  • Early childhood curriculum and program design

In most programs, students will have to complete a minimum number of field placement hours where they will apply their knowledge and skills to real situations.

General Child Studies Program Requirements

Ontario college child studies programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Six grade U or M courses are required, including English. Some colleges may require or suggest specific math or science programs.

Health immunizations, Police Record Checks, CPR training and other certificates may also be necessary for admission to specific programs.

Note: Students with a diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related program may be eligible for advanced standing in the program, or may have the option to take bridging courses. Be sure to check program requirements carefully.

Child Studies Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of child studies programs are trained to create a stable learning environment that will support the healthy development of children. Child studies programs could lead to jobs in a variety of settings, such as education institutions, social services centres, parent / child resource centres, hospitals and intervention centres.

Salaries for child development and leadership professionals can vary, depending on the organization, job responsibilities and experience level. Average salaries are between $35,000 and $45,000.

Ontario Colleges Offering Child Studies Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of child studies programs at Ontario colleges. Less

Results: 1 - 20 of 176
Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Autism and Behavioural Science CONESTOGA BRANTFORD (LAURIER CAMPUS) CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Autism and Behavioural Science


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: 1426
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Autism and Behavioural Science CONESTOGA BRANTFORD (LAURIER CAMPUS) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Autism and Behavioural Science


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: 1426
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Autism and Behavioural Sciences MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Autism and Behavioural Sciences


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 164
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Autism and Behavioural Sciences MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Autism and Behavioural Sciences


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 164
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PBECL
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PBECL
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) CLOSED Part Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 1 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECBP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Part Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 1 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECBP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Part Time 2018 - May Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 1 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECBP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2018 - May Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 1 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECB
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Part Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECBP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Part Time 2019 - Jan Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECBP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2019 - May Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECB
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Part Time 2019 - May Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Early Childhood Leadership Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PBECBP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Degree Completion opportunities for graduates with an Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalent as accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario) with a min GPA of 2.5 (C+). Upon successful completion of all four degree completion mandatory courses with a min GPA of 2.5, You can enter into year 3 (semester 5) of the Early Childhood Leadership degree program in the fall semester.

Show details Bachelor of Child and Youth Care HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 22231
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Bachelor of Child and Youth Care HUMBER LAKESHORE OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 22231
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Bachelor of Child Development (Honours) SENECA KING OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Child Development (Honours)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BCD
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Includes Mandatory Degree Work Term(S). Completion Of The Degree Work Term(S) Is Required For Graduation.

Show details Bachelor of Child Development (Honours) SENECA NEWNHAM OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Child Development (Honours)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BCD
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Includes Mandatory Degree Work Term(S). Completion Of The Degree Work Term(S) Is Required For Graduation.

Show details Bachelor of Child Development (Honours) Advanced Entry to Sem. 4 (for ECE Diploma Graduates) SENECA KING OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Bachelor of Child Development (Honours) Advanced Entry to Sem. 4 (for ECE Diploma Graduates)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BCD
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 4
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Bachelor of Child Development (Honours) Advanced Entry to Sem. 4 (for ECE Diploma Graduates) SENECA NEWNHAM CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Child Development (Honours) Advanced Entry to Sem. 4 (for ECE Diploma Graduates)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BCD
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 4
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

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