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Early Learning and Child Care

Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST)

4 years

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Program highlights

Work placement opportunity

Gain practical experience — opportunities like fieldwork, practicums and capstone courses will allow you to put theory into practice and gain the valuable skills that will support you in your career.

Get certified ― gain foundational knowledge in preparation to meet professional certification requirements.

Participate in research — explore topics like community coalition development, sociocultural and child developmental perspectives, mapping family/community-based resources and more.

Get involved — join the Bachelor of Child Studies Society to gain support and establish a sense of community.


Develop a holistic understanding of early childhood education and care for children from newborn to 12 years old. Learn through classroom instruction and practical experience working with children, families and professionals in community settings. Develop a deep understanding of knowledge in child development, planning responsive learning environments, curriculum and program design, and advocacy.

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Post-diploma Entrance Option

Students possessing a completed ELCC diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution, may apply through a competitive process directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Child Studies. Students accepted with a post-secondary diploma will normally receive transfer credit for up to 60 credits (20 courses) towards the Bachelor of Child Studies.

Career possibilities

  • Early childhood educator
  • Licensing officer
  • Family dayhome consultant
  • Family support worker/parent educator
  • Educational assistant in primary grades

  • Child care preschool director/operator
  • Child development facilitator
  • Child care centre director/administrator
  • ELCC research assistant

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by an admissions and recruitment specialist.

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A voice for every child

Project challenges students to tackle their own preconceptions

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The Child Development Lab enhances student learning using real-life scenarios

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Faculty of Healthy, Community and Education

Mount Royal is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Child Studies degree, including majors in Child and Youth Care Counsellor and Early Learning and Child Care.

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