Child and Youth Care (2015/16 Program)

Formerly Child and Youth Worker
Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Six semesters, beginning in September and January

Contact Information: 

Brenda Webb
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79261

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 (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above


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

Note: These additional requirements are not admission requirements. However, they will be required when applying to prospective internships during the program.

• Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Documentation will be requested during your program of study, every semester prior to the assignment of student internships

• Medical Certificate of Health including immunization against Hepatitis B (prior to field placement component of program); medical forms will be provided directly to successful applicants

• 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.


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,880.82
– international $14,200.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Additional Costs

$300 to $400 – texts, supplies (per year); $180 – crisis intervention training fees (over three years); $30 to $50 – police record check (as requested by placement agencies).

Our Program

Humber’s Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program teaches you to become an effective ally to children in need. This advanced diploma in youth care features courses that provide foundational knowledge on childhood and adolescent development, group dynamics, psychology, human sexuality and treatment philosophies. Other courses delve into child and youth care interventions, therapeutic activities programming, assessing and recording cases, interviewing and counselling children, and liaising with community resources.

Our program is delivered by award-winning faculty, renowned in their field, with current relevant experience and advanced degrees. The program embraces the approach of learning by doing. You will participate in multiple quality internships to gain first-hand experience in a variety of settings. This program has typically enjoyed an extremely high rate of graduate employment.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program. For dates, call 416.675.6622 ext. 3484.

Your Career

With Humber’s Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program, you can enjoy the rewards of a career where you make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need by ensuring their protection, safety and well-being.

The 2012 Child Welfare Report indicates that Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) responded to more than 167,900 calls from professionals and concerned members of the community about the possible abuse and neglect of children. As a child and youth care practitioner, you will intervene in cases of suspected abuse, develop therapeutic activity programs and make connections to community resources.

Our graduates encounter a field loaded with opportunities in a variety of settings, including CAS, open custody group homes for young offenders, residential and day treatment programs in children’s mental health centres, schools, psychiatric hospitals and treatment residences.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Humber’s diploma is the one most frequently recognized as qualifying people to work therapeutically with children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and social difficulties.

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) – visit; the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) – visit; and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations – visit

Our Industry Partnerships

This program has partnerships with over 300 agencies that provide placement opportunities for students, including Youth Without Shelter, Peel Children’s Centre, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, The Hospital for Sick Children, Etobicoke Children’s Centre and Casatta.

Our advisory committee is made up of people with extensive experience in the child and youth care profession, and represent a variety of settings in which child and youth care practitioners are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.

Work Placement

Internship is a critical component of Humber’s program. There is an exciting variety of innovative and traditional placements available in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Placements can also be arranged in your own community. All placements are unpaid.

In first year, the school – in consultation with you – chooses your placement, which runs from September to December or January to April (depending upon intake) for two days a week.

In the final two years of the program, you will submit placement choices, with the school making the final decision. These internships run from September to December or January to April (depending upon intake) for four days per week.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231 and the Child and Youth Care – Accelerated advanced diploma program 10421.

Your Future Study Options

Child and Youth Care diploma program graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent or more may be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231 and 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 or Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 5
Course Code Course Name
CYC 201 Integrative Seminar 2
CYC 214 Internship 2: Clinical Skills
CYC 215 Internship 2: Personal Skills
CYC 217 Internship 2: Organizational Skills
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective