The Child Studies (CSTU) major examines the ways children learn, develop, and grow from psychological, physiological, and social perspectives, with families considered as a central context in which children develop. Ways of working with children in diverse and inclusive settings are explored, and the importance of early learning opportunities and early intervention are emphasized. 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. You can also declare a minor.
Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study that will prepare graduates for a variety of careers working with children and their families. Graduates pursue careers in diverse settings including elementary schools, paediatric wards in hospitals, family and community service agencies, child care centres, and child and youth treatment facilities. Many students go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as education, social work, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, child life, nursing, psychology, couple and family therapy, sociology, and family studies.
The Learning Approach
The academic program in the Child Studies major provides a combination of traditional lectures and seminars with the application of theory in practicum courses. These practicum courses enable students to apply the social and biological components of human behaviour in various family, community, and educational settings. Students work directly with children in the University Child Care and Learning Centre and in Guelph-based agencies or school classrooms in their second and third practicum semesters. The variety of experiences affords students greater opportunity to apply the theory obtained in class to real-world issues.
Possible Career Opportunities
- Early childhood education
- Community-based services
- Mental health services
- Elementary school teaching*
- Child and youth work*
- Counselling or social work*
- Speech and language pathology*
- Occupational therapy*
*Careers which require further education/training
An articulation agreement between Guelph and Nipissing University (Faculty of Education) guarantees a number of places in the Primary, Junior Division of Nipissing's B.Ed. Program for qualified Child Studies graduates. Placement is on a competitive basis. Further details are available from the B.A.Sc. program counsellor at Guelph or from the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University.
Schedule of Studies
Current course requirements of the Child Studies (CSTU) Program are found online. See link to the current Academic Undergraduate Calendar for CSTU.
Course requirements of your program are found online in the Academic Undergraduate Calendar of the year in which you started your program. See link to Office of Registrarial Services website, Undergraduate Academic Calendar and select by academic year.
Please note: Course requirements and course offerings are subject to change each year