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Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Early Childhood Studies Program (ECS)

About the Program

Ryerson University offers an innovative 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 status.  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.

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Program Highlights:

  • Unique to early childhood studies in its emphasis on diversity and inclusion issues. 
  • Prepares graduates for advanced practice and study in the fields of education, early learning and community.
  • Enriches the knowledge and skills of practitioners currently employed in the field.
  • Provides a networking base within the large group of academic and community professionals in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Promotes research in early childhood studies.
  • Available as course-based option and a Major Research Paper (MRP) option.
  • Available as a full-time (12 months) or a part-time (24 months) program.

Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Early Childhood Studies

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Graduate Testimonials


Nick Petten, MA
Early Childhood Studies
"The graduate program taught me the importance of scientific rigor in studying childhood and education from a local and a global perspective." Read more...


Shani Halfon, MA
Early Childhood Studies
"Professionalism from the Standpoint of Early Childhood Educators"


Rachel Caplan, MA
Early Childhood Studies
“Challenges in Accessing Health Care Services: Canadian Children Living in Mixed-status Families”  Read more...