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Your BA in Early Childhood Studies provides a rich foundational knowledge for a variety of post-graduate studies in community services and related fields.

What They Do

Child life specialists work to promote the psycho-social health and well being of children and youth in healthcare and community settings. Child life specialists provide children and youth facing illness, trauma and loss with opportunities to engage in therapeutic activities which promote continued growth and development.

Child life specialists draw upon knowledge in child development and family systems to help children develop effective coping through play, education and self expression.

Where They Work

Child Life Specialists work in hospital or health care settings, hospices, community agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Become a Certified Child Life Specialist

Alumni Profile

What They Do

Faculties of Education provide a two year academic preparation program necessary to apply to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), external link

Where They Work

OCT certification allows graduates to apply to teach in publically funded schools in Ontario at the primary/junior, intermediate or senior levels.

Become a Certified Teacher in Ontario

View a List of Universities Offering Teacher Education Programs

Alumni Profile

What They Do

Our graduates can be found in a range of positions that focus on early childhood research, policy and advocacy. The School of Early Childhood Studies nurtures the capacity for early learning and care advocates who work to achieve programs and policies which positively impact Canadian families and children in such organizations as:

Alumni Profile

Careers in Creative Arts and Design

Many graduates choose to combine their foundational knowledge in early childhood studies with post graduate studies in art, design and technology.

Graduates from our program have pursued careers, research and studies in the following fields:

What They Do

Combining research and theory from undergraduate and graduate studies, Ryerson graduates are involved in the design and implementation of creative arts programs for children and youth including:

  • Visual Arts
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Writing and Poetry
  • Dance and Movement
  • Music

Please visit the Art Gallery of Ontario, external link, Centennial College’s certificate in professional writing, external link, Ontario Colleges, external link, the Royal Conservatory of Music  for examples.

What They Do

Child life specialists work to promote the psycho-social health and well being of children and youth in healthcare and community settings. Child life specialists provide children and youth facing illness, trauma and loss with opportunities to engage in therapeutic activities which promote continued growth and development.

Child life specialists draw upon knowledge in child development and family systems to help children develop effective coping through play, education and self expression.

Where They Work

Child Life Specialists work in hospital or health care settings, hospices, community agencies and not-for-profit organizations.  

Become a Certified Child Life Specialist

Graduate Degrees

Graduates from our program have been successful in pursuing studies in the following Graduate Programs:

  • Graduate Studies in Rehabiliation Services Fields
  • Graduate Studies in Early Childhood Studies and Education

What They Do

Social workers are professionals grounded in a social justice approach who work with children and families in a variety of community and health care settings.  Social work practice involves helping individuals and groups to develop skills and resources which promote well being and builds capacity at both individual and community levels. 

Where They Work

Graduates find employment in a variety of settings such as: Child Welfare, Boards of Education, multi-service agencies, hospitals, Family Services and private practice.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

MSW programs are available at the following universities:

For additional information, please visit:

Alumni Profile

What They Do

Occupational therapy is a profession which focuses on working with individuals and groups to strengthen skills and abilities necessary to actively participate in daily life activities.  

Where They Work

Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings such as schools, community centres, hospitals and in the home.

Occupational Therapy (MScOT)

There are a variety of institutions offering graduate studies in OT such as:

For more information, please visit:

What They Do

A physiotherapist is an allied health member, working with patients of all ages. Physiotherapists work in healthcare centres, community organizations, sports clinics, private practice and in the home to reduce physical barriers to healthy functioning, prevent disease and promote health behaviours and activities.

Physiotherapy (MPT or MScPT)

A variety of institutions offer graduate studies in phsyio or physical therapy such:

For more information, please visit:

 

What They Do

Speech language pathologists focus on the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and swallowing disorders.

Where They Work

SLP professionals work in education, healthcare and community services with individuals and groups.

Speech Language Pathology (MSc or MHSc)

A variety of institutions offer graduate studies in speech language pathology:

For more information, please visit the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists., external link

Master of Education (MA, Med)

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), external link offers a variety of graduate degrees combining studies in teaching, curriculum and child development.

For a list of programs, please visit:

Other university graduate studies in education include:

Master of Teaching (MT)

The University of Toronto, external link also offers a combined graduate degree in teaching and education. Students graduate with a Master of Teaching (MT) and a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and are eligible to apply for certification with the OCT, external link.

Master of Early Childhood Studies (MA)

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.