Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to some of the most common questions about the Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST) program at Mount Royal. For fast responses to questions about admissions requirements, registration and financial aid, visit Ask a Question.
- What does the BCST degree offer?
- When does the BCST degree start? When can I apply?
- What specific courses are required for admission into the new BCST degree?
- Are students still being accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies, Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma and Early Learning and Child Care Diploma/Certificate?
- Why is Mount Royal offering a BCST instead of continuing with current programming?
- Will the new BCST degree be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue graduate studies?
- What programs will no longer be accepting applications for Fall 2014?
- Where do I find out more about applying to the BCST degree?
- What are the admission requirements for the BCST degree?
- Do I need to know what major I want to take before I apply to the
- What will the BCST degree cost?
- Are scholarships and financial aid available?
- Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?
Building on Mount Royal’s past success as the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to offer an applied degree in child studies, the BCST is the only four-year child studies degree in Western Canada.
The degree includes a General Education component to ensure breadth of study within two majors:
The BCST degree provides graduates with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and skills required to effectively work in the increasingly complex and demanding child and youth services field. Graduates will work directly with children, youth and families and be equipped to support the development of job-related skills with front-line staff; take on leadership roles within the management of community-based services; and support policy and curriculum development.
Graduates with a CYCC major will be prepared to advocate for, counsel and nurture vulnerable children, youth and families; practice intervention and treatment strategies; and apply counselling theory and skills. Career placements may include group homes, youth justice programs, school settings, outreach/street programs, mental health centers and day treatment programs.
Graduates with a ELCC major will be prepared to design, co-construct and implement play experiences for children; communicate and advocate with parents and professionals; and provide care and learning for all children including those with special needs. Career placements may include early childhood services (ECS) programs, child care programs, parent link centers, family resources centers and recreation settings with young children.
Community-based experiential learning opportunities in the form of three practicums are key components of the degree, providing opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-world situations. The fourth year of the program incorporates a capstone course project with a community partner that may include applied research, a community development project and/or leadership experience.
Mount Royal will offer a post-diploma intake for graduates with Child and Youth Care Counsellor or Early Learning and Child Care diplomas including those from Mount Royal and other UC post-secondary institutions.
The new BCST degree will allow students to earn an undergraduate degree from Mount Royal and have the option to continue their studies in graduate school in child and youth care, early childhood education, education or educational leadership and child studies programs.
To apply for Mount Royal’s new BCST degree, visit Admission.
The BCST degree will begin in the Fall Semester (September). Applications open October 1 almost a year in advance.
Applications are now being accepted and admission will continue until the program is declared full.
The BCST requires the following specific course requirements:
English Language Arts – 30-1 – 60%
- Are students still being accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies, Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma and Early Learning and Child Care Diploma or Certificate?
As of Fall 2014, Mount Royal will no longer admit students into the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies, Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma, or Early Learning and Child Care Diploma or Certificate programs.
Mount Royal has a long reputation of providing strong programs focusing on children and youth. Becoming a university has increased the demand for our degree-level programs, and responding to the changing needs of employers and students has led to the creation of the new BCST degree.
The new BCST will allow students to earn a baccalaureate credential that will be recognized across the country, broadening the opportunities for graduates to pursue education in graduate programs or professional schools.
The Bachelor of Applied Child Studies was the first-of-its-kind applied degree in Alberta focusing on children. The new BCST builds on the curriculum/courses previously offered in the applied degree while ensuring a balance of General Education courses and work experience components to create well-rounded graduates.
Current students and graduates of the Child and Youth Care Counsellor diploma and the Early Learning and Child Care diploma can now complete the only four-year Child Studies degree in Western Canada. The degree prepares graduates for direct practice and leadership positions within community service organizations by equipping them with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
Graduates of the degree will qualify for professional certification as a Child Development Supervisor under the Alberta Ministry of Human Services Staff Qualifications branch or as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor with the Alberta Association for Child and Youth Care.
To find out more information about the Bachelor of Child Studies, visit mtroyal.ca/bcst.
- Will the BCST degree be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue graduate studies?
Yes. As a member of the Universities Canada (UC), Mount Royal degrees are recognized by all universities in Canada. BCST graduates will be prepared for further studies in graduate or professional school in education, social work, counseling and/or child studies.
- Bachelor of Applied Child Studies
- Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma
- Early Learning and Child Care Certificate
- Early Learning and Child Care Diploma
The new BCST degree requires the following specific course requirements:
English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%
Yes. You will need to select one of the two majors (ELCC or CYCC) when you apply for admission into the Bachelor of Child Studies degree program. All Mount Royal degree students are also required to take General Education courses as part of the degree curriculum. These courses are designed to ensure that you have the breadth and depth of knowledge that complements your main area of study.
Tuition and fees for a full course load (five courses per semester for one full academic year — September – April) is currently estimated at $6500 for the 2018-19 academic year, and the cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1500 per year. The 2018-19 tuition, fees, books and supplies will be available in April/May 2018 and can be found on the Money Matters section of our website.
Yes. A variety of student awards and financial aid opportunities are available to students who qualify.
Yes, living in residence at Mount Royal is a convenient way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services. New students are guaranteed a room in residence if you apply and pay your application fee and security deposit by June 15, 2018.
**Please note that the Bachelor of Child Studies program is offered on-campus, during the day. We do not offer distance or online delivery.