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Child and Youth Care, Bachelor of

Ministry Title: Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
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Program Code: 22231 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters
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Program Overview

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 families. 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 experiences of challenge and change.

You’ll learn from highly qualified professors, as well as from guest lecturers from the field of child and youth care, which includes youth in care and community representatives with lived experience. You’ll have the unique opportunity to develop key practice skills through faculty supervision in our state-of-the-art interview labs, therapeutic play laboratory setting, our family practice room and children’s activity room.

Your courses integrate the study of developmental, preventative and therapeutic approaches in child and youth care and will teach you direct practice methods such as interviewing and counselling, responding to abuse, therapeutic play, and other intervention modalities taught from a strength-based perspective and within a caring, anti-oppressive and anti-racist 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 related to five areas of concentration in the program – youth justice and advocacy, social policy and research, approaches to care, community development and youth engagement, and international perspectives. The curriculum and work-integrated learning experiences throughout the program will support you to select a focus for your final thesis project in fourth year.

 

 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Work Experience - SEM 6C

CYC 4000: Child and Youth Care Practicum


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. Advocate for the holistic development of children and youth.

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

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

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


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Work Placement

Professional Practicum is essential in connecting theory to practice. Students will work on an applied project and/or with established community partners and school boards during the program. Opportunities are arranged with the help of a dedicated field advisor. You will complete two Professional Practicum courses throughout the program: in Semester 3, you will begin to develop your skills working in the community with children, youth and families during this first 200 hour Professional Practicum. The final 540 hour experience occurs between third and fourth year of the program.

The combination of field experiences will enable you to practise building therapeutic relationships, role model your professional skills, and link academic theory to child and youth care practice.


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Industry and Community Partnerships

Humber’s Faculty 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. Students are encouraged to become involved in the multitude of program and school activities that promote professional development and practice.

Our Professors

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.

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Charlotte Serpa

MEd (Adult Education - Community Development) – OISE, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Community Welfare (Youth Work) – University of Western Sydney, Australia
Diploma (Child and Youth Worker) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Coura Niang

BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)
M.ADs (Applied Disability Studies) - Brock University
B.A. (Child and Youth Care) - Ryerson University

Cristina Guerrero

Ph.D. - OISE/University of Toronto (Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development)
M.A. - University of Toronto (Spanish Language and Literature)
B.Ed. - OISE/University of Toronto (Intermediate/Senior Education in Social Science and Spanish)
Hon. B.A. - University of Toronto (Political Science and Spanish)

Dana Costin

PhD (School and Clinical Child Psychology) - OISE, University of Toronto
MA (School and Clinical Child Psychology) - OISE, University of Toronto
BSc (Combined Honours Biology and Psychology) - York University

Katherine Sloss

PhD (candidate) (Adult Education - Community Development) - OISE, University of Toronto
MEd (Adult Education - Community Development) - OISE, University of Toronto
BA (Child and Youth Care) - Ryerson University
Diploma (Child and Youth Care Worker) - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Sara Nickerson-White

PhD – University of Waterloo
MA – Queen's University
BA – St. Thomas University, NB
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Shaheen Ariefdien

MA (Social Anthropology) - York University
BA (Social Anthropology) - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Diploma (Child and Youth Care - Accelerated) (Honours) - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Tina Lackner

MSc (Family Work) – Nova Southeastern University, USA
BA (Child and Youth Care) – Ryerson Polytechnic University
Diploma (Child and Youth Worker) (Honours) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Wolfgang Vachon

PhD (Child and Youth Care) - University of Victoria
MEd (Adult Education, Community, International, and Transformative Learning) – OISE, University of Toronto
BFA (Drama in Education) – Concordia University, PQ
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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 in a variety of roles such as:

  • advocacy
  • child and youth or family support
  • child welfare and protection
  • children’s mental health
  • community development
  • education
  • policy development
  • research
  • youth justice

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings such as:

  • Canadian or international organizations
  • government agencies
  • non-governmental organizations
  • urban and rural communities

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB)

Graduates may apply to be certified by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (North America). Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB)

This program is recognized by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada as an accredited program.

Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care

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

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.

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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term starting December 28, 2017. Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on 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.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Vulnerable Sector Check

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. 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.

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,259.74
  • international: $19,635.24

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

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

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a two or three-year diploma from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80% or better will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level. Diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required. View Terms & Conditions of Degree Scholarships.

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
View Pathways into this program  
View Transfer Out Opportunities from this program  

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Coura Niang, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79231
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How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca.

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

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