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Faculty of Community Services

Early Childhood Studies (BA)

Program at a glance

Program formats:

  • Full-time, Four-year
  • Full-time, Direct Entry; Part-time, Direct Entry
  • Concurrent BA/BEd Program with York University
  • Direct Entry Full-time George Brown/Ryerson Degree Completion program

Start dates:

  • September or January entry for Part-time, Direct Entry program
  • September entry for all other programs.

Degree earned: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

Ready to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight? Take advantage of unmatched learning opportunities at Ryerson's School of Early Childhood Studies and gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance the health and well-being of children in the early years, and for life. Pursue a rewarding career in practice, policy or research, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families from diverse backgrounds.

Career opportunities

Prepare for a range of careers working with young children and their families:

Early childhood education and care

  • Registered early childhood educator (RECE)
  • Early literacy or home care consultant

Work with young children with disabilities and their families

  • Resource consultant
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Specialized service

Leadership and administration

  • Manager, early learning centres
  • Field education coordinator, college or university
  • Licensing specialist or consultant
  • Executive director or chief executive officer

Our graduates take on opportunities within Ontario Early Years Centres, family resource programs, parenting and family literacy centres and multi service agencies.

Many of our alumni go on to complete post-graduate studies in community services and related fields. They become child life specialists or teachers, or pursue careers in legal justice, law, research, policy and advocacy.

Why Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson?

Ryerson’s School of Early Childhood Studies offers the only Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies in Canada.

By integrating a strong foundation in early childhood studies with professional education, field practice and liberal studies, our undergraduate curriculum lays the groundwork for professional success.

You'll spend a significant amount of your time with us — one third of your program hours each year — linking theory with field practice in a variety of professional settings. These placements include child care programs, public schools, special needs programs, family resource centres and children's hospitals.

Two internationally recognized learning laboratories — the Ryerson Early Learning Centre and the Gerrard Resource Centre —  provide outstanding opportunities for practice and research.

Plus, we support your success with:

  • 1,000 placement partners across the Greater Toronto Area
  • International placement and student exchange opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities on the ECS Course Union and our school council and its committees
  • Interprofessional education workshops
  • Approachable faculty with expertise in early childhood care and education, child development, family support and social policy, and equity and inclusion
Program formats

Are you a high school graduate, college graduate or working professional? Take advantage of five pathways for completing a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies.


 

Full-time, Four-year

  • Program length: Four years of full-time study.
  • Program entry: Year one.
  • Eligibility: High school graduates with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. More admissions requirements.

 

Full-time, Direct Entry

  • Program length: Two years of full-time study.
  • Program entry: Year three (fifth semester).
  • Eligibility: Graduates of Early Childhood Education diploma programs from public Ontario colleges. More admissions requirements.

 

Part-time, Direct Entry

  • Program length: Two to seven years of part-time study, which consists of flexible evening, weekend and online course delivery.
  • Program entry: Year three (fifth semester).
  • Eligibility: Graduates of Early Childhood Education diploma programs from public Ontario colleges. Many of our part-time students currently work in the early childhood field, and go on to advance their careers. More admissions requirements.
  • FAQs: Part-time, Direct Entry FAQs
  • More information: About the Part-time, Direct Entry program

 

Concurrent BA/BEd program with York University: Full-time, Four Year students

  • Program length: Six years of full-time study.
  • Eligibility: Students in the Full-time, Four-year program must apply to the Concurrent program during their third year of study.
  • Program entry: Once accepted, students will take concurrent classes beginning in their fourth year of study.  
  • Degrees earned: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education with primary/junior teacher certification.

 

Concurrent BA/BEd program with York University: Full-time, Direct Entry students

  • Program length: Four years of full-time study.
  • Eligibility: Students in the Full-time, Direct Entry program must apply to the Concurrent program during their first year of study.
  • Program entry: Once accepted, students will take concurrent classes beginning in their second year of study.  
  • Degrees earned: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education with primary/junior teacher certification.

 

Direct Entry Full-time George Brown/Ryerson Degree Completion program

  • Program length: Two years of study at George Brown College, followed by two years of study at Ryerson.
  • Program entry: Year three of the Early Childhood program at Ryerson.
  • Eligibility: High school graduates with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or mature students.
  • Degrees earned: Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson and an Early Childhood Education diploma from George Brown.
  • More information: Early Childhood Education (Consecutive Diploma/Degree Program)
How to apply

When you apply to Ryerson, you'll be required to meet a number of admission requirements.

You'll need to meet certain deadlines when submitting your application online and may be required to submit supporting documents.

Curriculum

By integrating academic studies with professional education, our curriculum positions you for career success. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Plan early learning environments where all children thrive
  • Adapt programs to support children with disabilities
  • Investigate, assess and evaluate children's development
  • Implement therapeutic interventions such as music, art, speech, and physical and occupational therapies
  • Lead, advocate and resolve conflicts

Required courses and professional courses challenge you to develop a strong foundation in early childhood studies. You'll learn more about:

  • Child development
  • Observation
  • Curriculum
  • Infant mental health
  • Working with children with special needs

Field placements provide you with the rewarding opportunity to put theory into practice in actual employment environments. You'll gain valuable experience in a variety of settings such as child care programs, public schools, special needs programs, family resource centres and children's hospitals.

You'll even have the opportunity to extend your education beyond early childhood studies. A minor can further enrich your knowledge, while electives in professionally related courses and liberal studies — such as history, sociology and geography — allow you to broaden your perspective.

Ryerson Early Childhood Studies life

There is more to the Ryerson Early Childhood Studies student experience than just lectures, books and studying.

Ryerson offers countless opportunities to get involved.

Our engaged students help create a vibrant campus life. The ECS Course Union builds a strong sense of community, and our student lounge provides a dedicated hub for students to relax, socialize and study. We host a local student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children — an association for special education professionals.

And that's without mentioning Ryerson’s innovative and world class facilities. The Student Learning Centre provides an outstanding environment in which to study, collaborate and share ideas, and the Mattamy Athletic Centre offers Ryerson students an NHL-sized hockey rink, basketball court and fitness centre.

After graduation, you will form part of a strong alumni community. Ryerson alumni are active and involved, providing great opportunities for socializing, volunteering and networking.