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Why study Early Childhood Studies at UofGH?

Learn the hows and the whys.  All of them.

Working with children means understanding children as a whole.  How does empathy develop?  Do they have the ability for perspective-taking?  Do they show a theory of mind?  These are all incredibly complex questions – and stem from just one developmental domain.  Understand all developmental domains so that you can understand all children. 

Learn why attachment theory has become paramount in the field.  Learn how to program effectively for diverse and inclusive families and settings – an integral skill for any child-related field.  An education in all aspects of child development and in all settings prepares you for just that.

See why experience is everything.

When it comes to working with children, experience is everything.  That’s why you’ll gain more than 800 hours of experience through our work placements over your four years.  But it’s not just the amount of time that’s significant – you’ll work with children of different ages and stages of development in a variety of settings. 

You’ll see what it’s like to work in early learning centres, hospitals, family resource centres, advocacy agencies, and elementary schools.  And since we’re located in Toronto, you’ll have all these options nearby. 

Interested in working as an occupational therapist? Or as a teacher? Or as a child life specialist?  You can tailor your experiences.

A small learning environment is a better learning environment.

We can’t stress this enough.  Personalized service is engrained in the UofGH experience. 

You’ll not only be part of a small classroom, but you’ll go through your four years at UofGH with the same group of peers.  This means learning together, working together, growing together.  You’ll get to know our names and we’ll get to know yours. 

Interested in a particular area?  We’ll work one on one with you to make sure you’re on the right path – from choosing the right courses to choosing the right placements to making sure you’ve got all necessary requirements for further education.

It’s not your typical library.

Our Early Childhood Resource Centre is like no other.  Books and toys are categorized by age and developmental domain for you to borrow freely.  Doing a placement?  Need to create new programs and activities for your children?  You’ll find tools that focus on cognitive development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills – whatever the intervention you may be planning for, this library offers the tools you’ll need to get the most out of your placements.     

Studying at the University of Guelph-Humber

Learn from faculty who know the field – because they work in it.

Our early childhood studies faculty aren’t just professors – they’re teachers, clinical supervisors, researchers, family consultants, and early childhood educators.  They teach you an evidence-based curriculum that’s focused on what’s current. 

UofGH draws faculty who understand the importance of both classroom and experiential learning – because they are a part of the changing landscape.  And because of our small classes, you’ll get personal attention from these academic and field experts during and after class.

Gain an edge.  Get undergraduate research experience.

You’ll notice our research program is slightly different than most.  Its entire structure is designed to give you an edge so that you’ll stand out when the time comes.

Learn more about research at UofGH.     

Study Abroad.

Diversity isn’t just the fabric of UofGH – it’s the fabric of the world.  At UofGH, every student has the opportunity to prepare for a world without borders.  And because all study abroad courses are affordable, the opportunities are within reach.

Learn more about studying abroad at UofGH.