Child & Youth Studies

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.

Offered exclusively at Trent’s Durham GTA campus, the Child & Youth Studies program focuses on how children learn through play and creativity. You’ll gain essential expertise in understanding the child and youth experience through exploration in emotional and cognitive development, relationships and social interaction, diversity and social justice, laws and rights, and teaching and programming.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Durham GTA

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  • Complete a 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
  • Benefit from a personalized learning environment (what Trent Durham is known for) – this translates to great references for grad school or your first job
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"I can take knowledge I’ve learned and apply it to the classroom to try to optimize learning, and help with development."

Nicole Mckee

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Child Protection Worker
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Counsellor
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Administrator
  • Youth Program Developer
  • Researcher
  • Activist
  • Policy Analyst

Popular Courses:

  • Child and Youth Theory and Voice
  • Playful Pedagogy
  • Child and Youth Rights and Legal Issues
  • Youth and Creative Engagement
  • Indigenous Knowledge for Children and Youth
  • Ecological Literacies for Children and Youth
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School 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 (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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