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Child Studies Major

Child Studies

Admission Requirements

How Children Learn, Develop and Grow

 Learn to Work with Children

How do children learn? How does family life influence the development of children? Answer these questions and more as you seek to understand children’s development an explore ways to work with them in diverse and inclusive settings.

 Go Beyond the Classroom

Students gain both theoretical knowledge and applied skills through course work and guaranteed practicum placements, completing over 500 hours of practical experience working with children in a variety of settings. Graduates of the Child Studies major are eligible to apply for membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators (ECE).

 Prepare For Graduate Program Admission

You are prepared for admission to many graduate programs such as counselling or social work, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and teacher education programs. Nipissing University reserves space for qualified U of G Child Studies graduates in their Primary/Junior Bachelor of Education Program.

Why Child Studies?

Consider the ways children learn, develop and grow from psychological, physiological and social perspectives within family contexts and explore ways of working with children in diverse and inclusive settings.

Students in the Child Studies (CSTU) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Sociology, Psychology, a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Human Development
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introduction to Psychology
Semester 2
  • Couple and Family Relationships
  • Genetics and Society
  • Introduction to Anthropology or Sociology

Semester 3
  • Inclusive Practices for Children with Disabilities and Exceptionalities
  • Child Development
  • Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Oppression 
  • Introductory Applied Statistics I
Semester 4
  • Principles of Program Design for Children
  • Development of Human Sexuality
  • Public Policy
  • Introductory Applied Statistics II

Semester 5
  • Research Methods: Family Studies
  • Observation and Assessment Laboratory
  • Practicum I: Child
  • Communication and Counselling Skills
Semester 6
  • Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships
  • Administration of Programs for Children

Semester 7
  • Senior Seminar in Early Education and Care
  • Practicum II: Child
Semester 8
  • Social Policies for Children and Families
  • Practicum III: Child


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