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School of Early Childhood Studies

About the School

The Ryerson School of Early Childhood Studies is the oldest school of its kind in Canada with a proud history and an excellent reputation nationally and internationally. The School is linked globally with other institutions that specialize in early childhood education and related fields. From its origins in 1959 as the Preschool Education Option (a two year diploma program) of the Home Economics Department, the program evolved to a three-year diploma in the mid-sixties. In 1972, a four-year bachelor of applied arts (BAA) degree program was initiated. In 1982, the School again broke new ground by offering the direct entry program to graduates of two-year community college diploma programs in early childhood education.

The program continues to expand as more college graduates choose to build on their ECE diplomas and achieve the baccalaureate degree. The direct entry program is available on a part-time as well as full-time basis and is attracting students from across Canada. In 2002, the School was authorized to grant the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and Ryerson was officially recognized as Ryerson University.

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Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies

Ryerson University offers an innovative new Master of Arts program leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Early Childhood Studies.

This program is unique among graduate program in North America with a focus on integrating diversity into early childhood studies. Terms such as "diversity" and "inclusion" are used in the broadest sense to include issues of linguistic, cultural and racial identity as well as disability, gender, class, sexuality, age and migration statues. This approach is in recognition of a child's need to develop a positive identity, not only as an individual but also as a member of a group. Through a critical and reflective process, students will develop a deep understanding of the complex issues that affect children and their families.


The School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University encourages critical reflective practice in work with children and families.

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ECS and the Faculty of Community Services

The School of Early Childhood Studies is one of ten professional schools within the Faculty of Community Services Will Open in New Window. These include:

The Dean of the Faculty of Community Services is Dr. Usha George. The School works closely with the Dean’s office on all matters affecting the School’s operation and the Faculty as a whole, including academic planning, budgeting, academic policy coordination, and other issues of mutual concern to the ten schools.

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