Child and Youth Care (Diploma)

Campus
Coquitlam
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment

Overview

Gain the skills to work with at-risk children, youth and their families through the two-year Diploma in Child and Youth Care program. You’ll learn how to make a difference in the life of a child or adolescent dealing with abuse, neglect, addiction or family breakdown and who may have behavioural or learning difficulties.  

Once you graduate, you’ll be qualified for frontline positions working directly with children and youth in schools, community centres, parent-child education settings, residential settings, programs for street-involved youth, addictions services and more. 

If you are interested in further education, the Child and Youth Care diploma transfers into the third year of the Child and Youth Care degree at Douglas or into a related degree at a number of universities.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

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

Course Requirements:

Indigenous Pathway students: Completion of the Indigenous Pathway courses noted below will substitute for the CYC courses noted with a (+).

Course Number Course Title Credits

Semester I

CFCS 1110 (+)

Introduction to Community

3.00

CYCC 1141 (+)

Introduction to CYC Practice

3.00

CFCS 1130

Change and Development: Lifespan

3.00

CYCC 1150

Activity Programming for Children and Youth

3.00

English

One of ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1110 or CMNS 1115

3.00

Semester I credits

15.00

Semester II

CYCC 1220

Counselling and Relationship Building with Children and Youth

3.00

CYCC 1250

Supporting Behavioural Change

3.00

CYCC 1240 (+)

Practicum

4.50

CFCS 1260

Continuum of Substance Use

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: Working from a Family Perspective

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 and Abuse

3.00

Elective

Select any CFCS or University Transferable Course

3.00

Semester IV credits

16.50

 

 

 

Total Program Credits

 

60.00

A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC.

* Students who have successfully completed all of the following 4 courses

are exempt from taking CFCS 2432 and will take 3 credits of University Transferable elective(s) instead. 

Indigenous Pathway (+)

Students who complete courses in the Indigenous Pathway will receive substitute credits as follows:

Course Number Course Title Credits

CFCS 1112

 

CFCS 1110

Working in Communities

will substitute for

Introduction to Community

3.00

CYCC 1142 or CFCS 1142

 

CYCC 1141

Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Practice

will substitute for

Introduction to Child and Youth Care Practice

3.00

CYCC 2212 or CFCS 2212

 

CYCC 2211

Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legistlation and Policies

will substitute for

Professional Community: Policies, Standards, Children and Families

3.00

CYCC 2332 or CFCS 2332

 

CYCC 2333

Strengthening the Family Spirit: Working from Aboriginal Perpectives with Elders' Teachings 

will substitute for

Change and Development: Working from a Family Perspective

3.00

CYCC 1142 or CFCS 1242

 

CYCC 1240

Practicum

will substitute for

Practicum

4.50

Admissions 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.

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

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.

Career opportunities include:

  • Child and Youth Support Worker 
  • Community Worker 
  • Detention Home Worker 
  • Group Home Worker 
  • Indigenous Outreach Worker 
  • Mental Health Support Worker 
  • Residential Youth Worker 
  • Social Services Worker/Assistant 
  • Youth Care Counsellor 
  • Youth Worker - Social Services

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

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.

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.

The Faculty of Applied 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.

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

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.

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.

The Indigenous Child and Youth Care pathway is an optional entry point within the degree program. It is made up of several specialized courses and a practicum that you take in place of other courses in your second year. For more details, see the FACS Indigenous Pathway department page.

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.

Douglas College offers Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) in the CYC diploma program. PLAR examines your previous experience or education and if you can earn credit for the work you've already done. Please contact the department program advisor and coordinator for more information on that process and your eligibility.

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.

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