Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

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Child Studies (MA)

Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts and Science
Degree:Master; Co-op
Field of Study:Child Development
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Early Childhood Educators and Assistants


The MA in Child Studies investigates child cognition, emotion, social functioning, language, literacy, numeracy, moral development, special needs learners, and play. Education researchers also consider the critical role that families, peers, teachers, schools, inclusive practices, communities and culture play in development. They examine factors that shape children’s development using quantitative, mixed method, and qualitative approaches (including arts-based methodologies). Students also have access to our Observation Nursery to document children’s learning processes.

Faculty members offer individualized mentorship and support, allowing students to link theory to practice while completing an internship project or thesis. Montreal provides numerous settings in which students can work with children and families in both English and French, including Quebec’s universal childcare system, preschool programs, diverse schools (including French immersion and alternative schools), after-school programs, two children's hospitals, and community services.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of a B average and a significant concentration in child studies, education or related discipline.
  • Minimum one year of professional experience in the field of child care, education or related areas is desirable.
  • Bilingualism is an asset, but not a requirement.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
  • Additional Admission Requirements:
      Application form and fee. Curriculum vitae. 3 letters of reference (academic assessment forms are available on the application site). Two academic references are required and one should be professional. Statement of purpose. Permanent Residents, neither English nor French speaking: English Department Placement Test and must achieve the level of ENGL 212 or higher. International applicants whose first language is neither English nor French: iBTOEFL (90+) or paper-based TOEFL (577+), or IELTS (7.0+). Official transcripts (graduate and undergraduate) for all previous university studies (complete and incomplete); if the transcript is in a language other than English or French, official translations are required along with the original language transcripts. Proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent resident status, or refugee status.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on February 16, 2023

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