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Child and Youth Studies

A student face painting on a young boy in the gymnasiumA unique new interdisciplinary degree program, Child and Youth Studies is offered exclusively at our Durham campus and focuses on how children and youth learn through play. With strong foundations in sociology, psychology, education and the humanities, this degree inspires students to think deeply about the perspectives and experiences of child and youth. You will learn about child and youth rights and legal issues, and how children develop emotionally, socially, artistically, intellectually and physically. The program also has a rich focus on creative engagement, theatre and the arts.

Degree Type

  • B.A. (Honours)

The Trent Advantage

  • Gain invaluable work experience through our full-year community placement working with local school boards, health centres, community agencies, group homes, or youth services
  • Get a head start on a teaching career through our direct pathway into Trent’s Consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program through a number of reserved spaces
  • Study exclusively at our growing GTA campus and benefit from a close-knit campus community, and getting to know your professors one-on-one

Ontario Secondary School Requirements

General 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 (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

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Career Paths

  • Social Worker
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Youth Program Developer
  • Counsellor
  • Teacher
  • Advocacy Practitioner
  • Legal Practitioner