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Program Details

Professionals working with children and youth face many challenges involving complex relationships with families, communities and governments. Child Studies at Carleton prepares you for careers in this demanding area. The program was originally developed for graduates of Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs, but the broader scope of the new curriculum allows for entry into the program without an ECE diploma.

Through core courses in child studies and other relevant disciplines you will learn about a wide range of topics (e.g., children’s rights, policy and practice) pertaining to children and youth in Canada and around the world.

Carleton offers both a General and an Honours program in Child Studies.

What students are saying about Child Studies


The Child Studies program is an exciting and interactive way to build on the knowledge you have gained through Early Childhood Education, and the interdisciplinary approach touches on psychology and sociology while giving you an opportunity to expand your knowledge in other areas of science, history and the arts. The chance to complete an honours project gives you an opportunity to gain research skills and make important connections with professionals in the child studies field.
Ashley Richardson, fourth-year student in Child Studies