8 Semesters (4 Years)
Credential Awarded
Honours Bachelor Degree

About the Program

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). 

With ongoing specialization, our students have achieved successful careers in assessment and counselling, child life, elementary teaching, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. Like many of our graduates, you may choose to complete your Bachelor of Education or a Master of Arts. Our faculty have direct experience in community settings and may help you in facilitating job opportunities.

As a student of this program, you will complete a work term which frequently translates into future employment. Ultimately, our applied learning model crosses various disciplines which will help you to think critically and gain experience in the field that fits your unique interests. 

Advanced Entry

Graduates of a diploma program may be eligible to complete this degree faster through one of our pathway options.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interdisciplinary educational approaches
  • Interprofessional collaboration


Work Experience

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position.


Your Career

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

Success Stories 


Sue graduated in 2016 and works as a supervisor for a Violence Against Women agency that works to support women and children in having violence free lives.  

“Graduating from Seneca propelled me to success. My program not only offered in depth exploration of theories and concepts relating to supporting children and their families, I also was able to build my practical skills through my placement and co-op experiences. The combination of these skills have led me to a position in which I am supporting families as well as supervising my staff in supporting families while following the best practices I learned while at Seneca.”

Lisa Spencer

Lisa graduated from the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree program at Seneca's King Campus. She recently completed a master's degree in child and youth care at Ryerson University. For her thesis, Lisa focused on the development of autonomy for children with disabilities. She felt confident about furthering her education thanks to the professors at Seneca. "They incorporated knowledge that is relevant and current to the field, but more importantly they taught me how to think about things that were important to me," she said. Lisa now teaches part-time at Seneca and continues to advocate for disabilities and other social justice issues.

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