You are now in the main content area

Early Childhood Studies (MA)

Early childhood educators works with child who is drawing.

Program Overview

Format: Full-time, Part-time (MA)

Degree Earned: Master of Arts (MA)

Integrating equity, diversity and inclusion 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.

A group of students peer down at a computer.

At a Glance


  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent degree) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

In addition to the general admissions requirements above, please see the program-specific requirements.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Child and Family Policies
  • Children's Rights
  • Disability
  • Early Childhood
  • Educational Equity
  • Health
  • Holistic and Art Education
  • Immigrant Families
  • Linguistic Minority Children
  • Research Methods
  • Transformative Literacy
  • 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 Design 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

Early Childhood Studies (MA) graduate program calendar

  • ECS Graduate Lounge
  • Gerrard Resource Centre
  • Toronto Metropolitan University Early Learning Centre

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

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

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Kristin Snoddon
Graduate Program Director

Milene Ferreira
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 554531

“[TMU] 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: A culture shift in academia

Nicole Ineese-Nash (early childhood studies alumna and 2016-17 Gold Medal recipient) invited Indigenous Elders to her research defence about disability services in First Nations communities

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Early Childhood Studies (MA).

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 Toronto Metropolitan University, 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.


As an urban innovation university, Toronto Metropolitan University offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.