Jul 30, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2020-2021 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

First-Year Advising Guide - Bachelor of Child Studies

Welcome to the Bachelor of Child Studies degree at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Child Studies degree! As a student in the program, you will be able to open doors to a wide range of learning and career opportunities.

If you are eager to register in your courses, below are the recommended first-year courses. You will not be able to register until you have met with your Academic Advisor, Angie Smith. Please see the section “Advising Information” for your options on connecting with your Academic Advisor.

Degree overview

Core - 12 courses Your Child Studies degree has core program requirements shared between both majors. These include practicums and capstone courses.
Major - 12 courses You will choose between two majors
  • Child and Youth Care Counsellor
  • Early Learning and Child Care
General Education - 10 courses You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
  • numeracy and scientific literacy,
  • values, beliefs and identity,
  • community and society, and
  • communication
Electives - 5 courses You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. An elective is any course that does not fulfill a requirement for the Core, Major or General Education. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.


First-year courses

All core courses must be taken in the sequence shown. For information on how to choose your Gen Ed courses, please see your advisor.

Major in Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec. 

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec. 

*Requires a current Calgary Police Background Check and Intervention Record Check. More information to follow in your advising session regarding this requirement as the timing for this request is important. 

Major in Early Learning and Child Care

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec. 

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec. 

*Requires a current Calgary Police Background Check and Intervention Record Check. More information to follow in your advising session regarding this requirement as the timing for this request is important. 

General Education courses

What are General Education courses?

A great education doesn’t just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal’s baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field.


As you start your studies, you take a total of four General Education (GNED) foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs, and Identity

Cluster 3: Community and Society

Cluster 4: Communication

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree you will choose from a wider variety of courses. In Tier 2 you will take a total of three courses:

  • one Tier 2 course from cluster 1, and
  • two Tier 2 courses from two different clusters (2, 3, or 4)

Tier 3

You must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:

  • three Tier 3 courses, each from a different cluster (Total 3); or
  • two Tier 3 courses from one cluster, plus one more from a different cluster (Total 3).

Registering for courses

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca, Register & Pay tab.

Visit our Tutorials page for useful videos to guide you on using mymru, our degree audit system (mruGradU8), course descriptions and how to register for your courses.

Tracking your degree progress

mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will log in to mruGradU8 through your mymru.ca account, under the ‘My Program’ tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Your advisor

 New Student Registration

Your advisor has carefully prepared your advising information and is eager to begin working with you on your Mount Royal experience. Before you can register for courses, you will need to attend an advising session and pay your $425 non-refundable tuition deposit.

Please contact your advisor, Angie Smith, by email at asmith@mtroyal.ca for information about program planning, course selection, and registration.

You can also read through your Welcome Guide which contains great information about transitioning to MRU and the support services that are available.