Bachelor of Child Studies

Experiential learning

Experiential learning is an essential component of the Bachelor of Child Studies Degree. These opportunities (practicum and capstone courses) introduce students to a wide array of practices, agencies and skilled professionals. Graduates will have completed four practica over the course of study, along with the capstone courses. These allow students to gain first-hand experience in their related discipline. The practicum is a place to begin learning from others and to receive supervision in the development of core skills for competent early childhood educators or child and youth care counsellors.

Some practicum agencies where our students have been placed include, but are not limited to:

Child and Youth Care Counsellor Early Learning and Child Care Leadership Practicum
Boys and Girls Club Akidemy Preschool 12 Community Safety Initiative
Boys and Girls Club, Airdrie Bow Valley Child Care Centre Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta
Calgary Board of Education Bowmont Community Preschool Autism Aspergers Friendship Society
Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth Calgary Board of Education Bloom Wellness
Children's Cottage Calgary Urban Project Society Bridges Social Development (Canada Bridges)
Enviros Child Development Dayhomes Calgary Urban Project Society
Families Matter Churchill Park Family Care Society Foothills Creative Beginnings
Foothills School Division Families Matter Little Red Reading House
Hull Services Heartland Agency Trellis Society
Janus Academy Kindred YWCA and YMCA
McMan Youth Family & Community Services Métis Little Sundance Daycare
Rockyview School Division Mount Royal University Child Care
Trellis Society Providence
Woods Homes Renfrew Educational Services
YWCA and YMCA Rhyme and Reason Early Learning 
Rosedale Community Preschool
Thornhill Child Care Society
Topp Kidds
University of Calgary Child Care
Wee Wild Ones and Of the Wild
YMCA Child Development Centres

Child Development Lab

The Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST) offers a progressive approach to studies that focuses on children and youth. Mount Royal University's distinctive program emphasizes experiential learning in early learning and child and youth care.

Experiential learning is an essential component of the BCST. The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a vibrant experiential learning space where students and faculty can explore the child/youth setting. Through simulation and experiential learning, students can practice in a way that allows them to observe, reflect and develop their skills and theoretical knowledge. Learn more.

Bachelor of Child Studies Capstone Projects

Each year of the program, experiential learning components allow you to put theory into practice and gain valuable skills that will support you later on in your career. The final year of community-based capstone courses brings your learning together and prepares you for the workforce or graduate studies.

Here are some of the innovative and impactful projects that our students have worked on over the past few years:

2022/23 Capstone Projects

Sootsiman — Life Long Learning

This fourth-year capstone course was the foundation upon which Bachelor of Child Studies students paved new paths of understanding and viewed their personal and professional practices through an Indigenous lens. The students worked on three projects in collaboration with their community partners, Wee Wild Ones Nature Inspired School (WWO) and WilderFutures Institute (WFI),  from September 2022-April 2023: Designing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) training modules for new staff; Creating an EDI toolkit for Calgary Businesses to use for staff professional development and; Developing online Community of Practice (CoP) sessions on EDI and Child Care Licensing for educators working in child care settings in Calgary. After reflection, BCST students made their own sootsiman in the RLLC's Maker and Media Commons. Read more.

Imagine Institute for Learning

Students worked with Imagine Institute for Learning to develop a curriculum and train the trainer model of a new program being offered to caregivers of children and youth. In this capstone, students explored relevant current literature and programs and identified gaps and a strategy for developing this training program. T.I.M.E is a unique program that focuses on Timely Interactions and Meaningful Engagement. The content of the program included the development of 3 podcasts and 3 'train the trainer' sessions focusing on themes of strengthening relationships with children and youth using connection, communication and self-regulation/self-care. In addition to the podcasts and training materials, 9 short 1-minute animated videos were developed to highlight key tips and information to be shared with participants and audience members. Program evaluation tools and marketing strategies were also developed for Imagine Institute as they offered this program to community members.