BASc - Child Studies (CSTU)

The Major

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

Additional Information

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

Semester 1

  • FRHD*1010 Human Development [0.50]
  • NUTR*1010 Introduction to Nutrition [0.50]
  • PSYC*1000 Introduction to Psychology [0.50]
  • 1.00 electives

Semester 2

  • FRHD*1020 Couple and Family Relationships [0.50]
  • FRHD*2260 Infant Development [0.50]
  • MBG*1000 Genetics and Society [0.50]
  • 0.50 electives

One of:

  • ANTH*1150 Introduction to Anthropology [0.50]
  • SOC*1100 Sociology [0.50]

Semester 3

  • FRHD*2110 Children and Youth with Exceptionalities [0.50]
  • FRHD*2270 Development in Early and Middle Childhood [0.50]
  • STAT*2080 Introductory Applied Statistics I [0.50]
  • 1.00 electives

Semester 4

  • FRHD*2040 Principles of Program Design for Children [0.50]
  • FRHD*2100 Development of Human Sexuality [0.50]
  • STAT*2090 Introductory Applied Statistics II [0.50]
  • 1.00 electives

Semester 5

  • FRHD*3070 Research Methods: Family Studies [0.50]
  • FRHD*3180 Observation and Assessment Laboratory [0.50]
  • FRHD*3200 Practicum I: Child [1.00]
  • FRHD*3400 Communication and Counselling Skills [0.50]

Note: FRHD*3200 may be taken in either Semester 5 or Semester 6

Semester 6

  • FRHD*3040 Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships [0.50]
  • FRHD*3190 Administration of Programs for Children [0.50]
  • 1.50 electives

Semester 7

  • FRHD*4210 Senior Seminar in Early Education and Care [0.50]
  • FRHD*4310 Professional Issues [0.50]
  • FRHD*4330 Practicum II: Child [1.00]
  • 0.50 electives

Semester 8

  • FRHD*4320 Social Policies for Children and Families [0.50]
  • FRHD*4350 Practicum III: Child [1.00]
  • 1.00 electives