Children's Studies

Do you love children? Are you concerned with children's rights, education and child development issues here in Canada and around the world? Majoring in Children's Studies will expose you to the different realities of children and childhood across history and different cultures. You will explore in-depth issues facing researchers and students of this "rights-based and child-centered" academic discipline. Such study can lead you directly to a career once outside of the classroom or can be used as an excellent stepping stone for further study in a vast selection of fields in both the humanities and the sciences.

Career Options in Children's Studies

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Children's Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Children's Studies than others.

  • Alternative Communication Specialist
  • Assistive Living Worker
  • Author
  • Autism Specialist
  • Brain Researcher
  • Child Care Program Coordinator
  • Child Counselor
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Health Specialist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Children's Rights Activist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Day Care Worker
  • Disabilities Advocate
  • Editor
  • Family Counsellor
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • International Development Educator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Worker
  • Media Correspondent
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Pediatrician
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs Educator
  • Teacher
  • Professor/Teacher

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.