Bachelor of Child Studies

Bachelor of Child Studies

Bachelor of Child Studies


With a unique approach to Child Studies, Mount Royal’s distinctive four-year program emphasizes experiential learning in early learning or child and youth care while providing theoretical foundation and valuable hands-on learning opportunities in- and outside the classroom. Going beyond traditional program offerings, the BCST focuses on creating experienced and well-rounded graduates, who are prepared to become strong advocates for children and youth in the community, or pursue further education at a graduate school level. Mount Royal’s Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST) is the only four-year Child Studies degree offered in Western Canada.


You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the two majors* listed below, with each of the streams offering current perspectives that emphasize collaboration and community leadership skills. The BCST equips students with a combination of theory and practical skills to pay it forward by making a difference in the life of children or youth as a mentor, leader or counsellor.


Choose from the following majors:

*You must apply to one of the two majors in your initial application.

Why Mount Royal?

Focus on instruction ― Mount Royal faculty members are dedicated to teaching above all. Interact in small classes and labs with instructors who are leaders in their fields.

Well-rounded education ― The General Education (Gen Ed) requirement is built into Mount Royal bachelor's degrees. It ensures you graduate with valuable insight into a wide range of ideas and academic disciplines extending beyond your area of study.

Hands-on experience ― Lab work encourages hands-on learning and practical applications of theoretical concepts by using guided inquiry teaching methods.

Applied research opportunities ― With close ties to the Centre for Child Well Being, faculty members are engaged in innovative community applied research projects and may involve students.