• Application Deadline: 
    March 1, November 1
  • Profile Code: 
    300.FE
  • DEC in: 
    Social Science
  • Program Length: 
    2 years

Explore the social sciences with a focus on the education, care and development of children. The Child Studies Profile is centred on the role of children in society and the family, and includes courses in anthropology, history, psychology and sociology. This profile provides an opportunity to learn with other students who share an interest in understanding how children learn and the dynamics of learning. A strong community of students and teachers helps promote student success.

The Child Studies Profile showed me what a future working with children would be like and confirmed that it’s what I want to do with my life.
— Sabrina M.

What you will learn?

As a profile, Child Studies encompasses all of the knowledge and skills of the Social Science Program. Its distinctiveness comes from the particular themes, topics and lens of analysis related to the education, care and development of children.

Students in Child Studies will learn about:

  • Important issues related to family, parenthood and education
  • Teaching and learning, at school and outside of school
  • Critical thinking and analysis of the important issues related to child development and education

Where will this program lead you?

The Child Studies Profile is especially designed for students pursuing university studies in Education, Social Work or Child Psychology. Following university, graduates may pursue careers in teaching, family and social services, counselling, policy analysis, public health and research.

A DEC in Social Science offers solid preparation for a wide variety of university degrees in the Social Sciences as well as in fields such as Arts, Education and Law.

What else you should know?

  • There are two assignments that include an optional fieldwork component in the second and final semesters. Students who opt to participate in the fieldwork component of the assignments can be placed in school, youth group or hospital settings in order to observe professionals and develop skills related to working with children.
  • Students must pass a mandatory police background check in the first semester in order to be placed in a fieldwork setting.
  • Successful completion of the DEC in Social Science (Child Studies Profile) does not qualify students to enter the workforce directly in environments with children.

What do you need to get in?

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
  • Sec IV Mathematics - Cultural, Social & Technical option 563-404/414 or Mathematics 416

Application Deadline

March 1

November 1



Last Modified: October 7, 2020