Child and Youth Care (Bachelor of Arts)


Admissions Change

Prospective students and applicants as of October 1st, 2020: please refer to the new admissions requirements for the Child and Youth Care Degree, for September 2021 Intake. 

View the September 2021 Program Guidelines and Admissions Requirements

Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Credits
120.00
Length of Program
Eight semesters
Credential Type
Bachelor's Degree
Campus
Coquitlam
Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment
Offered
Fall

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.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

CERTIFICATE OF ACADEMIC FOUNDATIONS IN CYC PATHWAY INTO BA IN CYC: 

Course requirements for the Certifcate in Academic Foundations in CYC as a pathway to the Child and Youth Care Degree Program are as follows: 

Course Requirements                                                                               Credits
ENGL 1130, and CMNS 1110, or CMNS 1115 or any other UT ENGL 6 Credits
1 UT course in Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science 3 Credits
1 UT Lab Science * 3-5 Credits 
PSYC 1130 or Equivalent 3 Credits
UT Arts** and /or Science** Courses  6 Credits
CYCC 1220 Counseling and Relationship Building with Children 3 Credits

CYCC 1141 *** Introduction to CYC Practice or 

CYCC 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Practice

3 Credits
CFCS 2432 Understanding Aboriginal Perspectives and Experiences 3 Credits

To register in any CYCC or CFCS courses in the Academic Foundations Certificate, students should contact the Program Facilitator.

Note: A University Transfer Course is one that transfers to one (or more) of the five Research Universities in BC: SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC, according to the BC Transfer Guide (BCCAT). 

* A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena in laboratory or field work. 

** Arts courses are available in the Faculties of Language, Literature and Performing Arts ; and Humanity and Social Sciences.  Science courses are found in the Faculty of Science and Technology. 

***CYCC 1141 will become an option once granted UT status. 

Once Students who have completed the CAF CYC and have been accepted into the BA in CYC, they will take the following courses: 

 

Year 2: 31.5 Credits Year 3: 28.5 Credits Year 4: 30 Credits

CFCS 1110: Introduction to Community

CYCC 1150: Activity Planning

CYCC 1240: Practicum 1

CYCC 1250: Theories of Change in CYC

CFCS 1260: Addictions

CYCC 2211: Policy/Legislation

CFCS 2333: Working with Families

CYCC 2360: Child and Youth Mental Health

CYCC 2450: Advanced CYC Practice

CYCC 2460: Abuse and Recovery

CYCC 2440: Practicum 2

CYCC 2320: Working with Groups

CYCC 3340: Developmental Theory and CYC Practice: Children

CYCC 3341: Developmental Theory and CYC Practice: Adolescents

CYCC 3520: Professional CYC: Theory and Practice

CYCC 3621: Critical Issues in CYC Practice

CYCC 4423: Research Methods in CYC

CYCC 4425: Data Analysis

CYCC 3350: CYC  Practice in Child Protection

 

 

CFCS 3900: Perspectives in Internation Studies

CYCC 4467: Advanced Skills with Individual in CYC Practice

CYCC 4468: Advanced Skills with Groups in CYC Organizations

CYCC 4469: Advanced Skills with Families in CYC

CYCC 4470: Development of Attachment

CYCC 4410: Advanced Supervised Practicum I

CYCC 4411: Advanced Supervised Practicum II

2 UT Electives

 

BA IN CHILD AND YOUTH CARE FIRST and THIRD YEAR ENTRY COURSES:

YEAR 1

Semester I

Course

Title

Credits

CFCS 1110   

Introduction to Community

3

CFCS 1130

Change and Development: Lifespan

3

CYCC 1141

or

CFCS 1160

Introduction to Practice

or

Introduction to Professional Practice - Teaching and Learning

3

CYCC 1150

Activity Programming for Children and Youth

3

English

One of ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1110 or CMNS 1115 

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

UT Elective University-transferable 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

2nd English

ENGL 1130 or any other university-transferable English course 

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

* Students who have successfully completed CFCS 1112, CFCS 1142, CFCS 2212 and CFCS 2332 are exempt from taking CFCS 2432 and will take 3 credits of UT elective(s) instead.  

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

UT Elective

University-transferable elective

3

UT Elective

University-transferable elective

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

UT Elective

University-transferable elective

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

UT Elective

University-transferable elective

3

UT Elective

University-transferable elective

3

 

Total credits

16.5

 

 

Total Credits

120*

*Only 6.0 elective credits can come from CFCS programs.

 

Admissions 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. 60 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" or higher in Grade 12 English or equivalent
  4. A current resume,
  5. attendance at a MANDATORY selection/orientation weekend. 

ENTERING YEAR 2 WITH A CERTIFICATE OF ACADEMIC FOUNDATIONS 

The Certificate of Academic Foundations (CAF) is a thirty-credit certificate designed for students who wish to take some Child and Youth Care (CYC) courses as well as completing other university transferable (UT) courses as they explore educational options.  This pathway into the BA in CYC may be of interest to students who intend to pursue a career in human services, but have yet to determine which area; students who are not eligible to enter the BA in CYC due to age and wish to obtain UT and some CYC  courses in preparation for application into the second year; or for students who have an interest in applying to graduate programs and would like to complete requirements for application early.  Students who complete the CYC CAF are eligible to apply for the BA in CYC degree and if accepted would enter the program at 2nd Year.  

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

  1. Completion of the CYC CAF with a minimum of a (2.67) "B-" average,
  2. 19 years of age by November 1st of intake year
  3. 60 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,
  4. A current resume, 
  5. Attendance at a MANDATORY selection/orientation weekend. 

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: One university-level English course is required with a minimum grade of "P" Recommended courses are (English) ENGL 1130 (or another academic writing course) or (Communications) CMNS 1110 (or equivalent). 
  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 Student Declaration indicating understanding of the demands of the training.

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 by the Office of the Registrar to any year of the BA CYC, all students will be asked to complete the following (information will be provided):

  1. Criminal Record Check
  2. A Student declaration indicating the applicant understands what is required to complete the training in Child and Youth Care and is aware of services provided by the College

Prior to making an application, students 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:

The following Douglas College diploma programs are eligible for block transfer into the BA in CYC:

  • 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.

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.

Career 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.

Program 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.

FAQs

Indigenous Pathway

The FACS Indigenous Pathway offers four courses and a practicum where you can earn credits towards a Child and Youth Care Diploma or a Classroom and Community Support Diploma. 

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 FACS Indigenous Pathway department page

More Information

Tuition Deposit

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