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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.


Discover how play can be a powerful force in a child’s development. Learn about the developmental needs of children from infancy to age 12 and gain the ability to design, co-construct and implement play experiences for children as well as how to communicate effectively with parents and professionals. With emphasis on real-world learning situations along with lab simulations, role playing and discussion groups, you'll graduate well prepared to provide care and learning for all children, including those who have special needs.

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

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Curriculum and courses


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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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