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Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22231 Length: 8 semesters

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



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.


Post-Admission Requirements:

During your program of study, a vulnerable sector check will be requested. 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 vulnerable sector 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. 

Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check for criminal offences. Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the social services 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 project or internship components, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $7,521.54
  • international $14,800.

Amounts listed were 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.

Additional Costs

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

Fees by Semester >


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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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 the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:

Child and Youth Care >

Humber offers a number of postgraduate certificates to help take your degree further.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Katherine Sloss
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79270


Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor

Lakeshore Campus


International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386


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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,798.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,523.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $75.00 $75.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27  $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,798.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,523.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $75.00 $75.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 5 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 6 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 7 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total  $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 8 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

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. The program is 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 interview labs, 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 engage in courses from one of the five areas – 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 an unpaid 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.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about the program.

Courses Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Describe, analyze and evaluate key concepts, ethics, values and theoretical approaches (historical and contemporary) in child and youth care and related community development.

  • Analyze issues of social diversity and equality and their effects in relation to child and youth care and community development.

  • Plan, implement, assess and evaluate child-centred & family-centred programs to meet the needs of clients, staff, families and community.

  • Identify the challenges and rewards of working with children and youth especially those with physical, behavioural, social, and developmental issues in independent, organizational, institutional and community settings.

  • Identify and evaluate alternatives to the current child and youth intervention strategies, with a view to anticipating future directions.

  • Advocate for the holistic development of children and youth.

  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships and partnerships with clients, professionals and the community demonstrating effective conflict management skills.

  • Describe and evaluate the complex role of the community in child and youth development.

  • Identify and implement the process of program management, measuring the cost and effectiveness of child and youth care and development.

  • Examine & apply various research methods assessing the appropriateness of their use.

  • Adhere to the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices to protect the health, safety and welfare of clients, the public and other professionals involved in child and youth care community development initiatives with children and youth.

  • Identify and implement community development processes measuring the cost and effectiveness of child and youth community development programs.

  • Analyze contemporary issues in child and youth care including nutrition, literacy, poverty, homelessness, addictions, violence, substance use, crime, resilience and determinants of health.

  • Evaluate social justice and political issues in regards to child and youth care and community development practices at local, national and global levels.

  • Develop curriculum, programs and strategies for children, youth and the community which reflect current educational theory and pedagogy.

  • Demonstrate self-awareness, self-confidence, self-direction, self-management, self-reflection and self-care in one’s professional development.


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.

The Humber Experience

Child and Youth Care program video

Humber’s four-year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program is firmly grounded in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, child and youth care, community development, political science and education. Watch the video to hear what our faculty have to say about the program.

The Humber Advantage

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State-of-the-art Labs

Facilities like the Play Therapy Lab provide students with a real-world experience in an on-campus lab.

Industry and Community 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
  • Office of the Ontario Child Advocate

Program Events

Humber Bachelor of Child and Youth Care students have the opportunity to attend and host many industry events throughout the year, including the annual 4th year poster presentation night. The event featured the poster presentations of the students' original research projects as well as their projects representing their area of focus in an alternative way. The opportunity to present their focus area in an alternate format allowed the students to understand their primary area of study from another perspective.

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

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

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.