Child and Youth Care - Accelerated (2015/16 Program)

Formerly Child and Youth Worker – Accelerated
Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Four consecutive semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Brenda Webb
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79261

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

• A two-year postsecondary diploma or a minimum of two successful years of degree study

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 Child and Youth Care – Accelerated program 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 three semesters is
– domestic $5,735.53
– international $21,012.50.

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

Additional Costs

$300 – $400 texts, supplies (per year); $110 crisis intervention training fees and $30 – $50 per semester for police record check (requested by placement agencies).

Our Program

Humber’s Child and Youth Care – Accelerated diploma program makes it possible for students with previous postsecondary education to fast-track through our program in 16 consecutive months without compromising the required internship. Studies begin in September, with graduation projected for December of the following academic year. Full-time and part-time program faculty are highly motivated and dedicated, and employ a team approach to student education.

Our comprehensive placement component entails three in-depth quality internships with different service providers, and partnerships with more than 500 agencies provide varied placement opportunities.

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

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.

The need is great, and the CAS is one career option among many, especially now that the provincial government is putting an increased emphasis on the importance of child and youth care practitioners. You may find opportunities to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, community programs, treatment residences, and custody homes. You may be working with teachers, social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists as part of a clinical team. After direct service work, your choices expand to include more specialized or supervisory positions.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

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

Our industry partners include 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, George Hull Centre and Hincks Dellcrest.

Members of the Child and Youth Care Advisory Committee represent a variety of settings in which child and youth care practitioners are employed. Many are members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.

Work Placement

The program includes three unpaid internships. The first internship placement is chosen by the school in consultation with you. For the second and third placement, you will submit placement choices, with the school making the final decision. The first placement takes place in the second semester, January to April (three days per week). Third-semester placement runs from May to August (four days per week) and placement for the fourth semester is September to December (three days per week).

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the six-semester Child and Youth Care postsecondary advanced diploma program 01041 and the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231.

Your Future Study Options

Child and Youth Care – Accelerated 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 or COMM 300 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.