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Child and Youth Care - Accelerated

Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Code: CY321 Length: 4 semesters

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

  • A bachelor's degree, advanced diploma or diploma

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


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

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


Post-Admission Requirements:

Note: The following additional requirements 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, prior to the first internship in semester 2 of the program.
  • 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 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 vulnerable sector check will typically be applied for one month prior to work placement, as there is a 90-day limit on validity of vulnerable sector checks. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for documentation at the appropriate time.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreClosedClosed
September 2018LakeshoreOpenNot Available

The 2017-2018 fee for 3 semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,849.17
  • international: $21,796.50

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

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

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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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)

Brenda Webb, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79261



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Child and Youth Care – Accelerated advanced diploma program prepares you to promote the optimal development of children, youth and their families. Students are required to develop skills in assessing needs, designing and implementing programs and planned environments, and using daily life events to support and facilitate positive change. The program provides foundational knowledge in infant, child and adolescent development, child and youth care relational practice principles, psychology of the family, evidence- based or evidence-informed intervention strategies, group dynamics, and therapeutic activities.

Our accelerated 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.


Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

Work placements are a critical component of Humber’s CYC – accelerated advanced 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 and all are unpaid. Humber has established partnerships with agencies, schools, etc., that have agreed to take students, and there is no need for students to find their own 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.

The Humber Experience

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. Watch the video to find out more about why our graduates entered the program.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Labs

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

Advisory Committee

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.

Your Career

With our 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 systemic barriers, mental illness, the impact of trauma 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:

  • early intervention and prevention programs
  • day treatment settings
  • child protection agencies
  • schools
  • mental health facilities
  • community outreach programs
  • family support programs.


Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC)  and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations.

Additional requirements and/or costs 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.