Child and Youth Care - Accelerated

Child and Youth Care - Accelerated

Child and Youth Care - Accelerated (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Four consecutive semesters, beginning in September


Child and Youth Care - Accelerated

Contact Information

Brenda Webb, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79261


The 2016/2017 fee for three semesters is
– domestic $5,880.97
– international $21,112.50.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$300 – $400 texts, supplies (per year); $130 crisis intervention training fees and $30 – $50 per semester for police record check (requested by placement agencies).


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• A two-year postsecondary diploma or a minimum of two years of successful completion 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: The following 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 work placements.
• Medical Certificate of Health including immunization against Hepatitis B (prior to field placement component of program); medical forms will be available to students to complete one semester prior to work placement.
• Community partners who provide field placement opportunities will require students to undergo a vulnerable sector police record check for criminal offences. It is important for potential students to understand that this requirement is beyond the control of Humber. Students must meet the screening criteria of work placement agencies. A student with a record may not be approved to work by the agencies, and this may prevent students from completing the work placement component necessary to fulfill the requirements of the diploma. Applicants who have a criminal record are encouraged to apply for a pardon, if eligible, prior to or upon admission to the program.

Note: A police record check will typically be applied for one month prior to work placement, as there is a 90-day limit on validity of record checks. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for documentation at the appropriate time.

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 work placement. 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 work placement component entails three in-depth quality placements with different service providers, and our partnerships with more than 300 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.

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Your Career

With Humber’s Child and Youth Care – Accelerated advanced diploma program, you can enjoy the rewards of a career where you make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and youth by:
– understanding and learning about the complex challenges faced by children, youth and families, due to factors such as socioeconomic concerns, mental health or cognitive issues or developmental challenges
– building on strengths and capacities, and working collaboratively in ways that respect peoples unique physical, cultural and social contexts
– developing therapeutic relationships
– utilizing daily life events as opportunities to promote and facilitate positive change
– seeking out and connecting children, youth and their families with relevant, culturally specific and appropriate community resources
– working as part of an inter-professional team.

Our graduates encounter a field with opportunities in a variety of settings, including:
– Children’s Aid Societies
– community-based child and youth development programs
– parent education and family support
– school-based programs
– youth and women’s shelters
– open custody group homes for young offenders
– residential and day treatment programs in children’s mental health centres
– psychiatric hospitals
– early intervention and prevention programs.

After direct service work, your choices expand to include more specialized or supervisory positions if you hold a degree as well as a CYC diploma.

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

Some of 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 Advisory Committee all have extensive experience in the field and 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

Work placements are a critical component of Humber’s CYC – accelerated diploma 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. Humber has established partnerships with agencies, schools, etc., that have agreed to take Humber students. There is no need for students to find their own potential placement. For the first placement, opportunities tend to be school based and assigned. The second and third work placements are chosen by students from a list of potential placements then matched by the school. First and third placements are three days a week, and four days a week through the summer. This provides students with more than 1,000 hours of practical
CYC experience.

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 WRIT 100 and WRIT 200, or equivalent, 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. A number of our graduates choose to go on to graduate level studies in child and youth care, social work or education. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.


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