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Early Childhood Studies (BA)

Program Overview


  • Full-Time, Four-Year
  • Full-Time, Direct Entry
  • Part-Time, Direct Entry

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts

Ontario Secondary School Students:
2017 Grade Range for Admission / Wait List Consideration
: 73-77%*

The development, health and well-being of children in our society are strongly influenced by the work of early childhood educators. These individuals support children’s learning and growth in the early years, and for life. Ryerson graduates in this rewarding field make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families from diverse backgrounds.

This program selects students on the basis of academic achievement/grades only. Additional non-academic requirements are not required for admission consideration.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2018 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees

Full-Time Format
Domestic Fees Range
: $7,478 - $8,054
International Fees Range: $24,731 - $24,763

Part-Time Format (One to Eight or More Courses)
Domestic Fees Range
: $682 - $5,635
International Fees Range: $2,346 - $18,896

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).
  • One grade 11 U or M or Grade 12 U or M Mathematics or Science course (one of: MCF3M, MCR3U, SCH3U, SPH3U, SBI3U, SNC3M, MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U, PSE4U/PSK4U, SBI4U, SCH4U, SPH4U, SES4U, SNC4M, SVN3M).
  • The minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70-75% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma from a public Ontario College or equivalent, with minimum 3.0/B/70% cumulative GPA PLUS
  • All applicants must have completed three lower level one-term (or equivalent) liberal studies courses at the university level with minimum B- (70%) grades. Please note the following liberal studies restrictions:       
    • College General Education courses cannot be used as substitutions for university level liberal studies courses.
    • One of the lower level liberal studies courses must be an English subject.
    • These courses cannot be part of the ECE diploma studies
    • These courses cannot be an introductory level Psychology or Sociology.

"Ryerson Early Learning Centre has been in partnership with the Faculty of Community Services Early Childhood Studies for over 50 years. We've provided opportunities for students to do placement, to observe when they're taking their observation course in first year, to complete research projects for their masters program, and we often collaborate with the faculty and employees of Ryerson."


Christa Leeder
Manager, Ryerson Early Learning Centre

Kids playing

Ryerson Students Help Children and Their Parents Thrive

By Sharon Aschaiek

"The external,Gerrard Research Centre is both a family support program and a School of Early Childhood Studies outreach program. For its first function, it provides direct no- or low-cost services to families in downtown east Toronto, including a drop-in centre, emergency short-term care, a toy library, information on local community resources and supports, and guidance on special needs services."

external,Learn more about the Gerrard Research Centre

"I chose Ryerson because of the Direct Entry program for Early Childhood Studies. Ryerson recognized my college diploma as the first two years, which enabled me to start on the third year of the program which was really, really helpful. The professors at Ryerson have been really knowledgeable and very engaging and also very supportive to me in my personal life and any challenges that I face."

Shawna Lee
Fourth Year, Early Childhood Studies