Program Highlights

The Mount is proud to offer the only university-level Child & Youth Study program in Atlantic Canada. Students in our program engage in practical training and theoretical explorations in child and youth work, early childhood education, as well as early intervention and inclusive development. As strong supporters of experiential learning we are pleased to offer our undergraduates four supervised practicum placements which enable our students to apply the knowledge that they have learned in the classroom to hands-on, real-world experience. We also offer a Master of Arts in Child and Youth Study.

The BA(CYS) degree can also be completed via online learning; however, some courses may need to be substituted for others. All CHYS online courses are “live” classes provided through Moodle/Collaborate. Some required courses that are provided by other programs, such as Psychology and Sociology, are in Downloadable Video format. On-line learning is the perfect option for those returning to their studies while continuing to work inside and outside the home. For more details, contact the Department of Child and Youth Study, or visit our Online Learning section.

Our Department is committed to laying the groundwork for future leaders in the ECE and Child and Youth care fields. Your BA(CYS) degree will also prepare your for further education and professional preparation in Child and Youth Study, Education, Speech Language Pathology, Child Life and Social Work.

Statement by the Department of Child and Youth Study on the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children

We, the faculty, graduate students and staff of the Department of Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University, would like to express our utmost grief and heartache at the discovery of the human remains of 215 Indigenous children, at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, B.C. We can only imagine the pain and suffering that the families and communities of these lost children are going through.

This horrific revelation is another confirmation of our country’s disastrous legacy of Indigenous residential schools and its long-standing, collective effort to eradicate Indigenous cultures, languages, and way of life. The destructive legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School system has impacted virtually every Indigenous family. The adverse traumatic effects that it has wrought upon Indigenous communities still resonate to this very day. Our department condemns these misguided attempts and points to the need to uncover the complete truth of Indigenous residential schools, as a necessary condition of reconciliation. We believe it is not only our duty, as a department and institution of higher learning, but as human beings to remember the children, the innocent victims of Canada’s residential school system and appropriately honour them.

We stand in solidarity with the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities of this country and support them in finding the truth about these lost children and, most crucially, in seeking accountability. These transgressions must not be swept under the rug, nor Indigenous voices silenced. Indigenous peoples must have their voices heard in our governments, schools, and cultural institutions, for these are the ways to move forward in good faith and partnership. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Indigenous families, communities, and residential school survivors who are now mourning those who have been lost and are now found.

We also call for action on the part of our governments and educational institutions in implementing all of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the Calls to Justice of the Final Report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

This information may trigger unpleasant feelings or thoughts of past abuse. Those in need of support can call the 24-hour Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419.