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Durham Greater Toronto Area

Child and Youth Studies (B.A.)

Get a head start on a teaching career with a direct pathway into Trent’s Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program. A number of guaranteed spaces are reserved for Child & Youth Studies graduates.

You remember it from your childhood; make belief, dress-up, and imagination occupied your day. But what if the games and toys we played with as children were more than “no work, all play?” In Child and Youth Studies you will reexamine play and creativity to look at the role they play in how children learn and grow. Offered exclusively at our Durham GTA campus, this program will allow you to pursue your interests in psychology, education, cultural studies, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, and law to look at how children develop cognitively, emotionally, and socially, as well as diversity and social justice, laws and rights, and teaching and programming.

Resume Boosters


  • Full-year community placement, working with local school boards, health centres, museums, cultural centres, community agencies, group homes, or youth programs.
  • Expand your learning through courses that encompass a wide range of disciplines – this breadth of knowledge will help land you a meaningful and impactful career.
  • One-on-one learning (what Trent Durham is known for) means great references for grad school or your first job.

Career Paths


Teacher; Lawyer; Artist; Social Worker; Administrator; Youth Program Developer; Researcher; Activist; Child & Youth Worker

Popular Courses


Child and Youth Theory and Voice; Playful Pedagogy; Child and Youth Rights and Legal Issues; Children, Children’s Knowledge of Death, Dying, and Bereavement; Youth and Creative Engagement; Educational Contexts of Children; Youth & Learning; Indigenous Knowledge for Children and Youth; Ecological Literacies for Children and Youth

Admission Requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%