About the Program

Ryerson University’s part-time direct-entry program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies (ECS) was the first in Canada to offer a degree-completion avenue to community college graduates. Since its inception in 1982, the program has expanded each year (more than 200 students are now enrolled). Many graduates occupy key positions in early childhood education (ECE) and allied professions.

Our direct-entry program is specifically designed for students who are working in the field and want to enhance their mobility in careers involving young children and families. The curriculum emphasizes the philosophy, theory, pedagogy, and practices related to state-of-the-art ECE in a diverse society. Students learn about child and lifespan development, psychology, curriculum design, the nature of learning, teaching practice, and the various family, community, and social contexts that influence children’s development and learning success.

As a Ryerson student you will build on the knowledge and skills you have gained through previous academic studies as well as personal and professional experience. You will also develop a more analytical approach to ECE practice. The program will expand your understanding of your role as an early childhood educator within a broader field of associated professions.

Through Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, the School of Early Childhood Studies offers quality courses in a variety of delivery modes to facilitate students’ progress. Flexible scheduling for many courses may allow learners to study at their own pace and at times convenient to them. Degree completion can usually be achieved in 3–5 years of part-time study. Starting in September 2012, the degree completion program can be completed through distance education, with the exception of a two-week summer residency on campus.

This guide provides program and curriculum information.

For more information about Ryerson’s part-time direct-entry program in ECS, consult this website or visit www.ryerson.ca/ecs. General inquiries can be made by phone at 416.979.5000, ext. 7636.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the Ryerson Undergraduate Admissions website for all information related to admission to the direct-entry program. In addition, you may send an email to askme@ryerson.ca or call 416.979.5036.