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Honours Bachelor of Child Development (BCD)
Honours Bachelor of Child Development (BCD)

Honours Bachelor of Child Development (BCD)

  • ID:SC010125
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including six Grade 12 U or M courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant.

  • Required course with minimum final grade of 65%:   - English: Grade 12 ENG4U

  • Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

English Requirements

  • CAEL CE and CAEL online, Minimum 70 (Writing no less than 60)

  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/FCE, C1 Advanced/CAE or C2 Proficiency/CPE), Minimum 176 with no skill below 169

  • Duolingo, Minimum score 115 to 120

  • IELTS Academic, Minimum 6.5 with no skill below 6.0

  • PTE Academic, Minimum score 60

  • TOEFL iBT (including MyBest TOEFL and Home Edition), Minimum 84 with no skill below 21

  • TOEFL Revised Paper Delivered, No skill below 21

Course Information

The four-year Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree program prepares you for expansive opportunities across the health, education, and social service sectors. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to pursue careers in family support services, recreation, early learning and education, infant mental health, and early intervention for children and youth with diverse abilities. You will also qualify to register as a member of the College of Early Childhood Educator and practice as a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). 


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Interdisciplinary educational approaches

  • Interprofessional collaboration

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Semester 1

  • BCD102, Healthy Environments: Health, Safety and Nutrition

  • BCD104, Human Development and Observation: Conception to Toddlerhood

  • BCD106, Foundations of Teaching and Learning

  • BCD108, Professional Practice in a Diverse Culture

  • ENG106, Writing Strategies

Semester 2

  • BCD200, Integrative Seminar: Preschool Placement

  • BCD204, Human Development and Observation: Preschool to School Age

  • BCD206, Art and Science to Explore the Natural World

  • BCD208, Ethics, Policy and Legislation

  • plus: Liberal Studies Course

Semester 3

  • BCD300, Integrative Seminar: Infant and Toddler Placement

  • BCD304, Children with Diverse Abilities

  • BCD306, Physical Literacy and Music

  • BCD308, Developing and Sustaining Partnership with Families

  • plus: Liberal Studies Course

Semester 4

  • BCD400, Integrative Seminar: Kindergarten to Grade 3 Placement

  • BCD404, Attachment Across the Lifespan

  • BCD406, Mathematics and Digital Literacy

  • BCD408, Child and Family Relationships: Theoretical Foundations

  • BCD410, Critical Social Theories

Semester 5

  • BCD500, Integrative Seminar: Community Placement

  • BCD502, Mental Health Intervention Planning for Children

  • BCD504, Children's Emotional Well-Being

  • BCD508, Interprofessional Collaboration

  • LSO510, Indigenous Awareness: Towards Truth and Reconciliation

Semester 6

  • WTP200, Work Term Preparation

  • BCD604, Brain Research and Cognitive Development

  • BCD606, Introduction to Research Methods

  • BCD608, Care Collaboration with Families

  • BCD610, Language Development

  • plus: Liberal Studies Course

  • Work-Integrated Learning Term

  • BCD881, Childhood Development, Work Term

Semester 7

  • BCD702, Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Children's Learning

  • BCD706, Applied Research Proposal

  • BCD708, Methods of Screening and Assessment

  • BCD710, Childhood in Global Contexts

  • plus: Liberal Studies Course

Semester 8

  • BCD802, Transformative Learning in Communities

  • BCD806, Applied Research Paper

  • BCD808, Family Focused Practice: Early Intervention

  • plus: Liberal Studies Course

  • plus: Liberal Studies Course

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options that you can explore:

  • Resource consultant

  • Child care manager

  • Early interventionist

  • Early literacy specialist

  • Family support worker

  • Child development specialist

  • Instructor therapist

  • Pre/post-natal program worker

  • Young parent support worker

  • Child and youth counsellor

  • Curriculum developer

  • Community group facilitator

  • Community program worker

  • Policy developer

  • Researcher

  • Playground inspector

  • Custody visit supervisor

  • Leadership roles across the early learning and care sector

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance $807.49CAD

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