Child & Youth Study News

Child and Youth Student NEWS!

Congratulations to CYS Student Award Winners for 2019-20:  Nahal Fakhari, Erika Bird and Grace Mansvelt

Nahal is the recipient of the Department of Child and Youth Study Lindsey Cousineau Award (valued at $1000) as well as the CYS Award in Academic Excellence (valued at $500). These awards were scheduled to be presented during the Academic Awards Ceremony on April 1st, 2020. Earlier this year, Erika was named the recipient of the Canadian Progress Club-Halifax CYS Scholarship in Memory of Patricia Morse; While Grace was awarded the Practicum Award for outstanding performance in her first practicum placement (value $500).

On June 23, 2020 – our very own Nahal Fakhari was the featured Spring 2020 Award winner.  Read the article here.

Further Congratulations are extended to MA(CYS) Students Zihang Bu, Samantha Rioux Matthew Sampson 
Earlier this year Zihang was awarded the Field Family Graduate Award in Child and Youth Study, while Samantha received the CYS Graduate Endowed Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year. Matthew was awarded the GCYS Senate Medal during the virtual spring convocation ceremony.

Well done BA(CYS) Honours Students Nahal Fakhari, Jenelle Hanscom, Nollanda Hawkins and Mackenzie Wentzell.
Nahal, Jenelle, Nollanda and Mackenzie successfully successfully completed their honours thesis earlier this spring.

2019-2020 Practicum Award Winner

The Department of Child and Youth Study is pleased to announce Shanelle Stewart as the Practicum Award recipient for 2019-2020. This award honours a student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in their FIRST practicum during the September 2019-July 2020 period.  CONGRATULATIONS Shanelle!


We’re excited to announce that the Mount will soon offer a physical movement program for children in our community between the ages of 4-7. The program, called PACE (Physically Active Children Excel) at the Mount, will teach young children introductory fine and gross motor skills, and at the same time help them develop confidence in their physical, social and cognitive abilities.

Our goal is to launch PACE at the Mount in early 2018, with the program running Tuesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Mount’s gymnasium.

Honours Program

Requirements for BA(CYS) Honours

Students wishing to obtain an honours degree must make formal application through the department chairperson by May 1 of the third year of the program or after the completion of 15 units.

Academic Entrance Requirements

Minimum requirements for acceptance into the honours degree are a GPA of 3.0 in 10 of the required academic units listed in the first three years of the program with a grade of at least C- in each of these units.

Graduation Requirements The Bachelor of Arts (Child & Youth Study) Honours requires:

Minimum requirements for acceptance into the honours degree are a GPA of 3.0 in 10 of the required academic units listed in the first three years of the program with a grade of at least C- in each of these units.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Fulfilment of all the requirements of the 22 unit degree including the completion of CHYS 4499

2. Unit from each core group A, B, and C listed on page 45:

❏ Core A – Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)

❏ Core B – Social Sciences (1.0 unit)

❏ Core C – Humanities (1.0 unit)

3. Obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10 units of the required CHYS courses

4. Achieve a minimum of B- in CHYS 4499

5. Obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken Note: Practicum courses (CHYS 2251, 3351, 3352 and 4451) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA

Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.

Application Procedure

Students wishing to obtain an honours degree must make formal application through the Department Chairperson by May 1 of the third year of the program or after the completion of 15 units (see below, for link to Application Form). Acceptance will only be considered upon completion of the above entrance requirements. Students are encouraged to discuss topics with individual faculty, but the Department as a whole will confirm supervisors. The thesis supervisor, in consultation with the student, will then ask another faculty member to be a member of the student’s thesis committee.

The following points are relevant procedural matters related to successful applicants:

i. Following acceptance into the Honours Program, the student and her/his supervisor will meet and mutually agree on how best to approach the student’s area of study. At this meeting, requirements for CHYS 4499 will be outlined, expectations clarified, specific conditions noted, and timelines drawn up. The supervisor will draft a written summary of decisions reached at this meeting and review them with the student. This document will be signed by both the supervisor and the student. Copies of the signed document will be distributed to the student and supervisor, and one copy placed on file in the Department office.

ii. Students using human subjects must obtain ethical approval from the Department of Child & Youth Study Ethics Committee and the University Research Ethics Board (UREB) prior to initiating the study. Students must use the appropriate form, MSVU Ethics Review Application Form, available on the MSVU website: by clicking on Research then Research Ethics, Forms then choosing Application for Research Ethics Clearance.

iii. Following consultation with the student, the thesis supervisor shall ask another faculty member to be a member of the student’s thesis committee.

iv. The student will submit a thesis proposal outline to her supervisor by October 15. A thesis proposal should be submitted by December 1 and two copies of the completed thesis must be submitted by March 15. On the first Tuesday after completion of practicum all students will make an oral presentation of their thesis before faculty and all other Honours students. All final corrections/ amendments completed and two copies of the final thesis must be submitted by April 15 (this date may change in some years if classes end very early or late). Other dates are dependent on the project and decided in consultation between the student and the thesis supervisor. Any changes to the agreed upon timetable must be approved in writing by the supervisor. Students who fail to meet the final deadline must apply to the Department for an extension.

Two copies of the final draft must be submitted to the thesis supervisor for feedback. If feedback is positive, the supervisor passes the second copy on to the other committee member. Minor changes are overseen by the supervisor. Extensive changes must be discussed and negotiated between the student and thesis committee.

v. The final grade in CHYS 4499 will be determined by consensus between the thesis supervisor and committee member. If consensus cannot be reached and a wide discrepancy exists, then a third person, agreed upon by the student, thesis supervisor, and committee member, will be asked to grade the thesis.

vi. Students having difficulty maintaining standards and guidelines expected of Honours students may be asked to withdraw from the Honours Program. “Standards expected of Honours students include but are not limited to grades.”


Child & Youth Study Awards

Department of Child and Youth Study Lindsey Cousineau Award

Named in honour of Lindsey Kathryn Cousineau, for inspiring dedication to learning and service to others. Awarded on departmental recommendation to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Child and Youth Study program who has achieved significant university and/or community service; demonstrated ongoing dedication to learning; completed 15.0 or more units of academic credit typically with a minimum GPA of 3.0; and successfully completed 2 practicum placements. Students may only receive this award once. YOU MUST APPLY BY THE DEADLINE INDICATED!

The recipient will be honoured at the annual Academic Awards Ceremony.

Application Deadline: February 24

APPLICATION FORMS are circulated via email in January.

Department of Child and Youth Study Award for Academic Excellence

Established by the Department of Child and Youth Study to recognize excellence in academic achievement. Awarded annually to the graduating Child and Youth Study student holding the highest GPA.

Department of Child and Youth Study Practicum Award

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in their first practicum placement in the previous academic year (Sept. – June). The award will be based on a letter of recommendation from the student’s MSVU practicum placement supervisor. This award is not eligible to those who have been granted practicum credit through transfer, challenge, or Prior Learning Assessment processes.

Canadian Progress Club-Halifax CYS Scholarship in Memory of Patricia Morse

Established by the Canadian progress Club-Halifax in memory of Patricia Morse, BA(CYS) 1980, MA(CYS) 2011. Patricia championed the development and implementation of programs for early intervention in NS and was a tireless advocate for families and children in need of early intervention services.

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a BA(CYS) who has completed a minimum of 12.0 units of study including .5 units of practicum (transfer credits can be counted towards these requirements) and who has demonstrated a commitment to working with children or youth with disabilities and fostering inclusive practice as demonstrated through their academic study, practicum, volunteer and/or work experience.

Applicants must complete the online application (detailing how they meet the scholarship criteria), and supply a letter of reference from someone who can attest to how the applicant meets the criteria. Students can only receive this award once. Value $1000.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bachelor of Arts (Child & Youth Study) program?

A university degree that is nationally and internationally recognized for employment in a variety of programs and services such as early childhood, child and youth work, mental health, recreation, family support, early intervention and inclusive development.

The degree can be completed online through our distance courses. Some courses, however, will need to be substituted for others. Contact the Department for details. All CHYS Distance courses are “live” classes provided through Moodle/Collaborate. Some required courses provided by other programs, such as Psychology and Sociology, are in Downloadable Video format.

What Financial Supports are available for students?

Aside from scholarships and bursaries available to Mount students through the university, there are also various government financial supports in place, such as ECE training and continued education funding.

The department also provides three unique Department awards and availability of over 32 MSVU awards and prizes.

Who are Child & Youth Study Graduates

Our Child and Youth Study graduates are individuals who are passionate about supporting the well-being of children and youth!

As professionals in their fields, they consider themselves to be life-long learners, and advocates for children and youth.

Graduates from our program are sought after for employment in licensed early childhood care and education programs, and child and youth residential treatment services because the Nova Scotia government recognizes the Child and Youth Study degree:

-For Level 3 classification for employment in licensed child care facilities, AND

-Levels 3 and 4 classification for employment in its child and youth therapeutic residential treatment centres and secure care facilities.

Why Choose Child & Youth Studies at the Mount?

  • In-depth learning about children and youth in regional and global contexts.
  • Practicum placements – real children, real youth, real programs!
  • On-site early childhood training facility.
  • Curriculum Resource Centre for programming materials
  • Professional development workshops.
  • Small classes with engaged instructors who care about YOU.
  • Faculty with experiential and educational backgrounds that bring course content to life!
  • National and international student body.
  • Employment possibilities as research assistants.
  • Dynamic Child & Youth Study Student Society.
  • Accepts college and university transfer credits.
  • Distance as well as day and evening on-campus course options.
  • Can be completed on a full or part time basis.
  • Can minor in subjects such as psychology, sociology, family studies and gerontology.

What can I study after completing the program?

A few examples of our graduate’s continuing education pursuits:

  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary)
  • Master of Arts, Child and Youth Study
  • Master of Science, Speech and Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Business

In addition, Find regional, national and international opportunities in hospitals, emergency shelters, treatment facilities, independent schools, early childhood and family centres, recreation facilities, early intervention and special needs programs, addiction and mental health services.

Who is my Faculty Advisor

You can find the full list for the faculty advisors here.