Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (2016-2017)

How to Apply

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Program Length

Eight semesters, beginning in September


Contact Information

Katherine Sloss, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79270


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $7,521.54
– international $14,800.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$300 – $500 per semester for textbooks and supplies. For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberWaitlisted

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
– Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
– Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a police record check for criminal offences. Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the field placement component, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

Note: A police record check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of record checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a police record check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program provides you with the knowledge and skills required for in-depth work with children, youth and community development. Your program will be based on the professional practice of child and youth care supported by the disciplines of psychology, sociology, community development, political science and education. The curriculum focuses on the theory and research of relational practice: building relationships to support children and youth in crisis or going through change.

You’ll learn from highly qualified professors, as well as from guest lecturers from the child and youth care practice field, youth in care and community representatives. You’ll have the unique opportunity to develop key skills under supervision in our state-of-the-art play therapy laboratory setting and our family therapy practice and children’s activity rooms.

Your courses integrate the study of developmental, preventative and therapeutic approaches in child and youth care and will teach you direct methods such as interviewing and counselling, responding to abuse, play therapy, and other intervention modalities taught from a strength-based perspective and within a caring, non-oppressive framework.

The first two years of the program provide you with a comprehensive understanding of child and youth development, as well as current methodologies in child and youth care professional practice.

In the final two years, you will be able to select from one of five areas of concentration – youth justice and advocacy, social policy and research, approaches to care, community development and youth engagement, and international perspectives – which will help you select a final thesis topic.

Every student will have the opportunity to complete a work placement in the summer before fourth year. You will select an option that furthers your professional interests and supports your development as a child and youth practitioner.

You will apply what you’ve learned to more advanced practice issues, including youth addiction, child protection, family counselling, working with youth from regions in conflict, responding to issues of child trauma, global perspectives of child and youth care, and working in community practice in remote locations.

In addition, a wide selection of liberal arts general elective courses will broaden your knowledge and build the context necessary for your professional career.

List of Courses

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Your Career

Our program allows you the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, youth and communities.
You may find yourself a variety of roles such as:
– child and youth or family counsellor
– education
– community development
– child welfare and protection
– advocacy
– youth justice
– children’s mental health
– policy development.
These take place in a variety of settings such as:
– urban or rural communities
– Canadian or international organizations
– government agencies
– non-government organizations.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

This degree program is an organizational member of the Ontario and the Canadian Association of Child and Youth Counsellors. Graduates are eligible to apply for professional membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) – visit

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber’s School of Social & Community Services has earned an excellent reputation within the child and youth care community and profession. Our community partners include major children’s mental health organizations, children’s aid organizations, street-involved youth support networks and the Office of the Ontario Child Advocate. Professionals with diversified and extensive experience in the profession make up our advisory committee and guide the development of this degree.

Our Faculty

This community-oriented program is delivered by experienced professors who are active in the child and youth care profession. Drawing on years of professional and academic experience, your professors will help you learn the skills and knowledge you will need to help children, youth and families develop positive strategies for change in their lives and communities.

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit Faculty Credentials.

Work Placement

Beginning in first semester, you will have the opportunity to participate in an introductory field project that will enable you to apply theory to practice. In your second semester, you will be prepared for more advanced field projects by participating in our Professional Practice course, enabling you to then select and learn through field projects beginning in semester three. These projects will support you to develop your skills working in the community with children, youth and families.

In addition, you will be required to complete a 14-week unpaid work placement between third and fourth year. The combination of work placements and field projects will enable you to build therapeutic relationships, role model your professional skills and link academic theory to child and youth care practice.

Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program should consider applying for Humber’s Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program 01041 or Child and Youth Care – Accelerated advanced diploma program 10421.

Graduates of the Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program 01041 and Child and Youth Care – Accelerated advanced diploma program 10421 with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent or more will be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program. Graduates may then complete the degree program with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Graduates must also possess ENG4U, Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.

Mature students (applicants 21 years of age or over) and/or transfer students (applicants with postsecondary education) should refer to the Mature Student Status and the College or University Transfer for admission criteria.

End Notes

Humber has been granted consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting August 30, 2010. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

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