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Early Childhood Studies (MA)

Program Overview

Integrating diversity into early childhood studies, this program is unique in North America. Terms such as “diversity” and “inclusion” encompass linguistic, cultural and racial identity issues, and disability, gender, class, sexuality, age and migration status. This approach recognizes a child’s need to develop a positive identity as an individual and group member. Students gain a deep understanding of the complex issues affecting children and their families.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be academic

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  • Child and Family Policies
  • Early Childhood
  • Educational Equity
  • Health
  • Holistic and Art Education
  • Immigrant Families
  • Inclusion and Special Needs
  • Linguistic Minority Children
  • Professional Identities
  • Research Methods
  • School Readiness
  • Transformative Literacy
  • Childhood Bilingualism (CLD 421)
  • Children and Canadian Policies
  • Children Families Communities
  • Children, Technology and Play
  • Children’s Health
  • Children’s Rights
  • Cross-cultural Development
  • Designing Curriculum
  • Directed Studies in ECS
  • Inclusion: Issues in Assessment
  • Indigenous Early Learning
  • Internship • Leadership — Educational Change
  • Master’s Research Paper
  • Re-conceptualizing ECEC
  • Research Methods in ECS
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Social Justice in Education
  • Social/Political Contexts for ECEC
  • Special Topics in ECS
  • Social Research with Children
  • Theoretical Frameworks for Childhood Studies
  • Transformative Literacy
  • ECS Graduate Lounge
  • Gerrard Resource Centre
  • Ryerson Early Learning Centre

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Rachel Berman
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Family Studies, University of Guelph
Research areas: methods of inquiry and equity
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7695

Milene Ferreira
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4953
Fax: 416-979-5153

“Ryerson early childhood studies gave me the flexibility to explore what was important to me with supportive faculty to guide my journey.”

Carolyn Ferns, MA alumna
Early Childhood Studies graduate Nicole Ineese-Nash after her successful major research project defence

Student Profile

Nicole Ineese-Nash (early childhood studies alumna) invited Indigenous Elders to her research defence about disability services in First Nations communities

student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.