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Child and Youth Care (Bachelor of Arts)

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child and Youth Care
Credits: 120.0
Length: Eight semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall
program overview

The 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC) Degree Program prepares graduates for challenging work supporting children, youth and families as professional child and youth care workers, or for advanced positions in the child and youth care field.

curriculum framework

Year 1

Semester I

Course

Title

Credits

CFCS 1110   

Introduction to Community

3

CFCS 1130

Change and Development: Lifespan

3

CYCC 1141

or

CYCC 1160

Introduction to Practice

or

Introduction to Professional Practice - Teaching and Learning

3

CYCC 1150

Activity Programming for Children and Youth

3

English

 

3

   

15

Semester II

Course

Title

Credits

CYCC 1220   

Counselling Children and Youth

3

CYCC 1250

Supporting Behavioral Change

3

CYCC 1240

Practicum

4.5

CFCS 1260

Community Practice: Addictions

3

Elective  

3

   

16.5

Year 2

Semester III

Course

Title

Credits

CYCC 2211   

The Professional Community: Policies, Standards, Legislation and Children

3

CYCC 2320

Working with others in groups

3

CFCS 2333

Change and Development: Families

3

CYCC 2360

Mental Health in Childhood and Adolescence

3

Elective

 

3

   

15

Semester IV

Course

Title

Credits

CFCS 2432   

Understanding Aboriginal Perspectives and Experiences

3

CYCC 2440

Practicum

4.5

CYCC 2450

CYCC Practice: Advanced

3

CYCC 2460

Family Violence, Abuse and Recovery

3

   

13.5

Year 3

Semester V

Course

Title

Credits

CYCC 3350

CYC Practice in Child Protection

3

CYCC 3340

Developmental Theory and CYC Practice with Children

3

CYCC 3520

Professional Child and Youth Care: Theory and Practice

3

CYCC 4423

Research Methods in Child & Youth Care

3

Total credits

12

Semester VI

Course

Title

Credits

CYCC 4425

Data Analysis in Child & Youth Care

3

CYCC 3341

Developmental Theory and CYC Practice with Youth

3

CYCC 3621

Critical Issues in Current CYC Practice

3

Elective

Appoved by Department

3

Elective

Approved by Department

3

Total credits

15

Year 4

Semester VII

Course

Title

Credits

CYCC 4410

Advanced Supervised Practicum

4.5

CFCS 3900

International Studies

3

CYCC 4467

Advanced Skills with Individuals in Child and Youth Care

3

CYCC 4468

Advanced Skills with Groups in CYC Organizations

3

Elective

Approved by Department

3

Total credits

16.5

Semester VIII

Course

Title

Credits

CYCC 4411

Advanced Supervised Practicum

4.5

CYCC 4469

Advanced Skills with Families in CYC

3

CYCC 4470

Development of Attachment

3

Elective

Approved by Department

3

Elective

Approved by Department

3

Total credits

16.5

Total Credits

120

career transfer pathways
Surveys show that almost 100 percent of our Child and Youth Care graduates are working in the field within 3 months of graduation (those not working were continuing their education). Child and youth care practitioners work in schools, community centres, parent-child education settings, residential settings, programs for street-involved youth, addictions services, and a variety of other settings. Diploma graduates are employed in front-line positions working directly with children and youth in these settings. Degree graduates find additional employment options in government settings and team leader or supervisory positions in community settings. 

Graduates from the BA in Child and Youth Care at Douglas College are eligible to apply for the Master's in Child and Youth Care at the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria and to several other Master's programs. The School of Child and Youth Care also offers a PhD program.
admissions requirements

For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.

ENTERING AT YEAR 1

In addition to the General College Admission Requirements, admission to the BA in CYC requires the following:

  1. 19 years of age by November 1st of intake year
  2. 75 hours of work or volunteer experience (click link to download form) in a CYC setting – hours MUST be completed prior to mandatory selection/orientation weekend
  3. official high school or post-secondary transcripts including a C in Grade 12 English or equivalent
  4. A current resume,
  5. the completed Informed Medical Suitability Declaration form
  6. attendance at a MANDATORY selection/orientation weekend in the spring

ENTERING AT YEAR 3

In addition to the General College Admission Requirements, admission to the BA in CYC requires the following:

  1. Completion of the Child and Youth Care Diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum of a (2.67) B- average. Please Note: Only credentials recognized by Douglas College will be accepted for admission to the program.
  2. Written English language requirement: Two university level English courses are required with a minimum grade of "P". Recommended courses are (English) ENGL 1130 (or another academic writing course) and (Communications) CMNS 1110 (or equivalent). Students may replace one of these courses with a 1st year or higher English Literature course.
  3. Preferential Admission Criteria: Admission to the BA in Child and Youth Care is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of preferential selection. Suitability is determined on the basis of awareness of self and others, life/work experience, formal education and overall personal suitability. The preferential selective process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. Applicants will submit a resumé, an essay on their personal suitability for the program, one reference from a supervisor and one reference from an instructor as part of the selection process. Following the preferential selection review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the criteria.
  4. A medical declaration indicating a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health.

PLEASE NOTE: 

  1. Applicants who have completed 9 or more postsecondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5 ) for admission into any CFCS program.

Once an offer of admission is made, completion of the following will be required (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar:

  1. Criminal Record Check

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session and also to discuss their plans with an Academic Advisor.

Equivalencies to the Diploma in Child and Youth Care:

Some Douglas College diploma programs will receive block transfer into third year upon completion of the Child and Youth Care bridging course(s). Douglas College diploma programs eligible for this block transfer are:

  • Classroom and Community Support
  • Community Social Service Work
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Youth Justice

Block transfer of other child and youth care or human services-related diplomas from other post-secondary institutions will be evaluated using the Child and Youth Care Education Consortium of BC (CYCECBC) criteria. For information, consult with the Douglas College CYC degree coordinator. Students who have completed 60 first- and second-year credits in disciplines not listed above are advised to contact the CYC degree coordinator to enquire about transferability.  Successful block transfer does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Preferential Admissions
Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. 

To be considered for a seat in the program, applicants must meet all admission criteria. The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. 

Following this review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria and their demonstration of communication skills, motivation to enter the program and knowledge of the demands of the profession.

NOTE: Applicants are advised to meet all admission criteria as early as possible to demonstrate preparedness and motivation for obtaining a seat in the program.

application deadlines
Full Time
  • Fall Deadline: Mar 01
Part Time
  • Fall Deadline: Mar 01
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

The CFCS Aboriginal Stream offers four courses and a practicum where you can earn credits towards a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, or a Classroom and Community Support Diploma, or an Early Childhood Education Certificate. 

Courses are taught by First Nations and Métis faculty with elders' support, and have been developed with the guidance of our partners at Vancouver Native Health, Elders and our Advisory Circle members. For more information see the CFCS Aboriginal stream department page

The application deadline for the Aboriginal Stream is June 15.

What does a Child and Youth Care Counsellor do?

Child and Youth Care Counsellors (CYCC) work with children, youth and families who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural stress. What distinguishes CYCC from other helping professions is that we work with people in their daily environments.

Is this program right for me?

This career involves dealing with people. That means that good interpersonal skills are a must. This field also involves dealing with people who are experiencing stress and crisis in their lives. Many of the children and youth we work with present very challenging behaviours. To thrive you need to be able to deal with stress and challenging behaviours. You also need to understand the difference between being a caring helper and being a rescuer. If you need people to need you, this is not the profession for you.

Being an effective Child and Youth Care Counsellor also involves an ongoing commitment to your own personal growth. The people we work with constantly challenge our notions of who we are.

What if I need to upgrade my English and writing skills?

The Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies offers specialized upgrading classes for students looking to enter human services programs at Douglas. If you do not meet the English language entrance requirement, this is a good option for you. See Upgrade for Human Service Programs for more information.

Can I study part-time?

Yes. Both the diploma and degree programs are offered on a part-time basis.

What's the difference between the diploma and the degree program?

The Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma is a two-year program that will provide you with a diploma upon completion. It will prepare you for a variety of jobs in the child and youth care field. If you complete the diploma, you can also transfer into third year of the degree program at Douglas or into a related degree program at a number of other universities.

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care is an additional two years of study that you can complete after you complete the two-year Diploma program (4 years total). Earning your degree will allow you to work in more advanced and higher-paying jobs in the child and youth care field, as well as open more doors for further continuing your education.

Will a degree from Douglas College be equivalent to a CYC degree from a university or university college?

Yes. All the CYC degrees in British Columbia are considered equivalent. University of Victoria, Malaspina University College, University College of the Fraser Valley and Douglas College all offer equivalent degrees. All of the programs are members of the Child and Youth Care Educators Consortium and teach to the same learning outcomes. The programs work in partnership with other institutions in British Columbia and Alberta that offer CYC diploma and degree programs.

How do I specialize in the Aboriginal Child and Youth Care stream?

The Aboriginal Child and Youth Care stream is an optional specialization within the diploma program. It is made up of several specialized courses and a practicum that you take in place of other courses in your second year. You will still complete your diploma in the same amount of time, but with a specialization. For more details, see the Aboriginal Stream tab in this program (above).

How much do Child and Youth Care Counsellors earn?

There is no standard rate of pay. At the starting end, some private contractors pay about $15 per hour. At the higher end, unionized settings pay $19 to $22 per hour. Degree graduates working in supervisory or advanced positions can earn significantly higher salaries.

I am currently working in the field. Do I have to complete the whole program?

Douglas College offers Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) in both the diploma and degree program. PLAR examines your previous experience or education and if you can earn credit for the work you've already done. In addition, you can receive credit for one of your two practicums if you have at least one year of full-time field experience and have demonstrated superior skills on your first practicum. You may also be part of a Practitioner's Stream to facilitate people working full-time in the field. This program includes a PLAR component.

What's a practicum?

Practicums are supervised worksite learning sessions. You will go and work in a child and youth care setting, giving you the opportunity to practice skills learned in the classroom. Both the diploma and degree program include practicums. For more information, see the Worksite Learning page.

What are the job prospects for graduates?

Surveys of Child and Youth Care graduates show virtually 100% working in the field within 3 months of graduation (graduates not working were continuing their education)."Douglas College has built a strong relationship with us as an employer. We have great respect for the faculty and are impressed by the program content and learning environment. We look forward to continuing to hire Douglas graduates." - Tim Agg, Executive Director, PLEA Community Services Society

According to a government study, the demand for grads is driven by 2 main factors: many current workers are retiring plus employers are seeking higher levels of training.

"Industry sources report that there is a surplus of workers who have insufficient levels of qualifications. Therefore, employment opportunities are much better for those workers with appropriate post secondary education." (Source: Work Futures)

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

upcoming application deadlines
  • Full-time Fall deadline:
    Mar 01
  • Part-time Fall deadline:
    Mar 01
  • Child and Youth Care (Bachelor of Arts) Paul Singh Paul Singh is a natural-born mediator and sees a career in child and youth care as a natural fit. Read more