Early Childhood Studies (BA)
Program at a Glance
- Full-time, Four-year
- Full-time, Direct Entry; Part-time, Direct Entry
- Collaborative BA/BEd Program with York University
- Direct Entry Full-time George Brown/Ryerson Degree Completion program
- September or January entry for Part-time, Direct Entry program
- September entry for all other programs
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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.
The 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.
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
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.
Program length: Four years of ful-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.
More information: About the Part-time, Direct Entry program
Collaborative BA/BEd program with York University
Ryerson is the only university in Ontario to offer a collaborative 16-month consecutive BA/BEd program with a combined Early Childhood Studies (ECS) and Primary/Junior specialization. Graduates will enter the job market a full year earlier than their counterparts at other institutions.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA): Four years of full-time study OR up to seven years of part-time study.
- Bachelor of Education (BEd): Sixteen consecutive months of full-time study.
Eligibility: Current ECS students are eligible to apply in the fall of their final year of study.
Program entry: Students will begin the BEd program in the spring. The BEd program runs for 16 consecutive months, on Ryerson campus.
Degrees earned: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies 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.
When you apply to the School of Early Childhood Studies, 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.
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
- 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.