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Child and Youth Care (Diploma)

Interested in Child and Youth Care? Apply to the degree program. Students who wish to complete the CYCC Diploma must apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC). Students may graduate with the diploma after completing the first two years of the 4-year degree program.
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child and Youth Care
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format:
Offered:
program overview
The Child and Youth Care (CYCC) Diploma prepares students to work with at-risk children, youth and their families. Students learn how to make a difference in the life of a child or adolescent who may have suffered abuse, neglect, addiction, family breakdown or who may have behavioural or learning difficulties. Students put theory into practice through two practicums.

Students wishing to complete the CYCC Diploma must apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC).  Students may graduate with the diploma after completing the first two years of the 4-year degree program.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Aboriginal Stream Students: Completion of the CFCS Aboriginal Stream courses noted below will exempt you from completing the courses noted with a (+)

Course Number Course Title Credits

Semester I

CFCS 1110 (+)

Introduction to Community

3.00

CYCC 1141 (+)

Introduction to Practice

3.00

CFCS 1130

Change and Development: Lifespan

3.00

CYCC 1150

Activity Programming for Children and Youth

3.00

Elective

Select any CFCS or University Transferable** course

3.00

Semester I credits

15.00

Semester II

CYCC 1220

Counselling Children and Youth

3.00

CYCC 1250

Supporting Behavioral Change

3.00

CYCC 1240

Practicum

4.50

CFCS 1260

Community Practice: Addictions

3.00

Semester II credits

13.50

Semester III

CYCC 2211 (+)

The Professional Community: Policies, Standards, Legislation and Children

3.00

CFCS 2333 (+)

Change and Development: Families

3.00

CYCC 2320

Working with others in groups

3.00

CYCC 2360

Mental Health in Childhood and Adolescence

3.00

Elective

Select any CFCS or University Transferable** course

3.00

Semester III credits

15.00

Semester IV

CFCS 2432

Understanding Aboriginal Perspectives and Experiences

3.00

CYCC 2440

Practicum

4.50

CYCC 2450

CYCC Practice: Advanced

3.00

CYCC 2460

Family Violence, Abuse and Recovery

3.00

Semester IV credits

13.50

* Select one course from the following four options: (English Exit)

CMNS 1110

Workplace Writing for Child, Family and Community Studies

3.00

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

3.00

ENGL 1130

Academic Writing

3.00

UT** English Course

Any UT English course with a grade of C-

3.00

Total Program Credits

60.00

* It is recommended that diploma students complete their English Language exit requirement before the start of their third semester.

** A university transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Aboriginal Stream (+)

Students in the Aboriginal Stream will complete one practicum (4.5 credits) and the four following courses

Course Number Course Title Credits

CFCS 1112

Working in Communities  (rather than the equivalent course CFCS 1110)

3.00

CFCS 1142

Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Work (rather than the equivalent course CYCC 1141)

3.00

CFCS 2212

Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legistlation and Policies (rather than the equivalent course CYCC 2211)

3.00

CFCS 2332

Strengthening the Family Spirit: Working from Aboriginal Perpectives with Elders' Teachings (rather than the equivalent course CFCS 2333)

3.00

career transfer pathways
Surveys of Child and Youth Care graduates show virtually 100 percent 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 diploma program receive block-transfer credit toward a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care at Douglas College, University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island University.
admission requirements

Students who wish to complete the CYCC Diploma must apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC). Students may graduate with the diploma after completing the first two years of the 4-year degree program.

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.

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 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 Child and Youth Care stream page.

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?

Excellent - surveys of graduates show an employment rate of virtually 100%. See the Employment page for more details on employment opportunities for graduates.

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Child and Youth Care (Diploma) Paul Singh Paul Singh is a natural-born mediator and sees a career in child and youth care as a natural fit. Read more