Child and Youth Care

If you are a compassionate person committed to building relationships with at-risk children, youth and families, the Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care (BACYC) Program is the first step in helping you enter the challenging and rewarding field of child and youth care. 

Child & Youth Care practitioners support the wholistic development and wellbeing of young people and their families in community, striving for a more socially just world. The Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care (optional exit with the Diploma) gives its students an understanding of the challenges young people face, and the ways of knowing, being, and doing to support them in their world. Collectively, its courses will prepare graduates for professional practice, focusing on: working collaboratively in complex contexts, embodying a relational and ethical approach, focusing on strengths, designing interventions, programs, and environments to best support young people, all with a foundation of interpersonal communication skills and self-awareness. 

Program Highlights

  • Virtually 100% employment rate for graduates 
  • Experienced instructors who focus on real-world skills
  • Practical experience through worksite placements
  • Many options for specialties and advancement
  • Specialize in Child Protection or Youth Justice 

Read more about specializations and electives 

Gain Competitive Skills

The BACYC program will give you the knowledge and skills you need to support the development of vulnerable children and youth in their everyday environments through the full range of human experience - in times of happiness, difficulty and resolution.

Read more about the Indigenous Pathway, a unique pathway into the degree.


Program Options

The program offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree. Students can apply for the Child and Youth Care Diploma once they have completed the first two years of the degree program.

You can apply to enter the BA in CYC program at third year, if you have an appropriate diploma. We offer a Youth Justice program that allows you to obtain your diploma, gain relevant and practical skills, and provides a pathway to the BACYC (and other DC degree programs).


We are excited to announce our online Child and Youth Care Diploma will be starting in September of 2022. This two-year online program will deliver courses online in a synchronous format. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills through two practicums that can be coordinated in their local communities. 

Upon completion of the online CYC diploma graduates may choose to further their education by completing a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth care at Douglas College on-campus by applying as a 3rd year entry into the CYC Degree Program. 

Applications are currently open for the Online Diploma. Please feel free to reach out to the Program Advisor for more information at  

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