Feb 20, 2020  
2018-19 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2018-19 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Child Studies and Social Work

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General Information

The Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST) is a four year baccalaureate degree. This unique interdisciplinary program draws on the disciplines of Child and Youth Care and Early Learning by offering a choice of two majors; Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) or Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC). The Bachelor of Child Studies combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills to prepare students to take leadership roles in the provision of services for children, youth and families in community settings. Course work will focus on the development of knowledge and abilities that support an understanding of leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, policies and systems, and mentoring skills. Course work will also build upon individual and group programming skills by facilitating a greater understanding of assessment and behavioral strategies, mental health interventions and collaborations with families. Community-based experiences, in the form of fieldwork and practicum, are key components of this program - where experiential learning in the first three years of the degree will provide students with opportunities to integrate theoretical concepts with practical applications. The fourth year of the program will offer students a capstone course in which they will participate in a faculty-supervised, collaborative project that may include applied research, a community development project and/or unique applied practical experience.

The Bachelor of Child Studies degree will develop reflective practitioners to meet the ever-growing labour market demand for professionals to work with children and youth. The degree will prepare graduates who are highlyqualified for direct employment in a vast array of community-based settings. Graduates will be able to develop and support individualized program needs or make referrals to services required by children, staff and families, as well as understand how to work collaboratively from an interdisciplinary perspective. Graduates with a major in Early Learning and Child Care will meet the certification requirements for a Child Development Supervisor from Alberta Child Care Staff Certification. Graduates with a major in Child and Youth Care Counsellor are eligible to begin the process of certification with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta.

Background Checks

All students preparing for practicum must provide a current Police Information Check and Intervention Record Check, at their own expense. It is each practicum agency’s decision to accept or reject a student for placement based upon the results of a police information or other background checks. Since completion of course requirements and eventual employment in a field of study may be dependent upon the results of such checks, students who have concerns should discuss the matter with the department chair.

General Admission Requirements

All students must meet the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University programs, as indicated in the Admission  section of this calendar.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission  section of this calendar, applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:

Academic Course Requirements

The following specific courses (or equivalencies) with the specified minimum grades are required for admission into the Bachelor of Child Studies program:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 - 60%

CYCC or ELCC Post-Diploma Entrance Option

Students possessing a completed CYCC or ELCC diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution, may apply through a competitive process directly into the BCST. Students accepted with a post-secondary diploma may receive transfer credit for up to 60 credits (20 courses) towards the Bachelor of Child Studies.

Indigenous Student Admission

Each year up to 15% of the seats in the Bachelor of Child Studies program will be reserved for Indigenous applications through an Indigenous admission target. To be considered for admission under the Indigenous admission target, the applicant must:

  1. self-identify as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission
  2. meet the definition of an Indigenous Applicant
  3. meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University as well as any program level admission requirements

Designated seats for this special consideration target will be filled by aboriginal applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply during early admission. Any unfilled designated seats will be released on June 1 to students applying under the general admission requirements.

See general admission requirements in the Admission section of this calendar for further information.

Declaration of Major

There are two majors in the Bachelor of Child Studies: Child and Youth Care Counsellor and Early Learning and Child Care. Students declare a major upon application to the BCST program.

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