Child and Family Studies

Please note: The application process for majors in Child and Family Studies and Family Science, along with Family Science minor programs have been suspended.

Open new doors with child and family studies!

Do you have a diploma in early childhood care and education and a desire to continue your learning to better serve children, youth and families? Then the articulated Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island is an option you will want to check out.

Graduates with an early childhood education diploma spend an additional two years completing upper-level university courses at UPEI.

Full-time studies won’t work for you? Don’t worry. The majority of the students in the program are part-time. They are taking one to two courses per semester while continuing to meet their work or family commitments.

Students in the Child and Family Studies program take courses in family resource management, family dynamics, life-span human development, professional practice with children, youth and families, child and family education, and parent-child interactions. Choose from electives in human sexuality, family policy, women’s experiences of aging, or housing. Courses from other disciplines are also required to prepare well-rounded family professionals. Many of the courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate the flexible schedule needs of part-time students who may be working in child care and early learning centres. Check out the Child and Family Studies program page (link on the right of this page) for course descriptions, and read information about field placements and community-based learning opportunities within the program. Students interested in international learning experiences should contact their faculty advisor and check out possible international exchange opportunities well ahead of time.

Upon completion of this program, students interested in further studies in education would be eligible to apply to any Bachelor of Education program. There’s enough flexibility in the elective courses for you to broaden your horizons with courses in history, languages, music, sciences, math or social sciences.

Additional program information:

Charlene VanLeeuwen
Department: 
Applied Human Sciences
Phone: 
(902) 566-0691
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