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Faculty of Community Services

Child and Youth Care (BA)

Program at a glance

Program formats:

  • Full-time, Four-year
  • Full-time, Direct Entry
  • Part-time, Direct Entry

Start dates: September entry

Degree earned: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

As a Ryerson-trained child and youth care practitioner, you will design and implement theoretically sound and evidence-informed therapeutic interventions, programs and services that aim to partner with young people facing adversity in the process of bringing about positive change — for young people, families, neighbourhoods and communities. Your practice will include life-space work, advocacy at the individual and system levels, and a children’s rights perspective that seeks to ensure young people’s participation in the decisions that affect them.

Career opportunities

Our Full-time, Four-year program is designed for students interested in beginning a career in child and youth care, while our Direct Entry programs support experienced child and youth care workers to advance their careers.

Child and youth care practitioners often work with young people confronting mental health challenges, addictions, trauma, family problems, identity crises and/or abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The profession is uniquely focused on being with young people where their lives unfold, and on using everyday moments to join them in a journey of healing, self discovery and healthy relationships.

They practice in many different settings, including:

  • Residential care and treatment programs
  • Hospital-based eating disorder clinics
  • Psychiatric units or substance use programs
  • Community-based programs
  • Schools
  • Shelters
  • Street outreach
  • Foster care
  • In-home family support programs

Increasingly, experienced child and youth care practitioners engage in research, policy development and advocacy.

Why Study Child and Youth Care at Ryerson?

Ryerson is the only university in Ontario that offers a bachelor of arts in Child and Youth Care.

Our newly updated curriculum — rolling out over the next few years — draws upon the latest trends and knowledge in the field. It is relevant and responsive to community needs and the changing context of professional practice.

Internship placements enable Full-time, Four-year students to apply knowledge to practice in child welfare, children’s mental health, health care, family support, education and youth justice settings.

Challenging classroom learning and independent study opportunities allow Direct Entry students to build on their knowledge and experience, and prepare to take on advanced clinical and supervisory roles.

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers, researchers and strong advocates for social change. They continually adapt their teaching to equip you with the knowledge and experiences to contribute, lead and adapt.

Program formats

Whether you're a high school or college graduate, take advantage of three pathways for completing a bachelor of arts in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson.


 

Full-time, Four-year:

  • Program length: Four years of full-time study
  • Program entry: Year one
  • Course delivery: Classroom delivery in first and second year, with options for online and classroom delivery in third and fourth year
  • Eligibility: High school graduates with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) and mature students embarking on a career change.

 

Direct Entry programs build on the diploma in Child and Youth Care offered at most Ontario colleges and offer flexible classroom (daytime and evening) and online course delivery.

Full-time, Direct Entry:

  • Program length: Two years of full-time study

  • Program entry: Year three
  • Course delivery: Classroom (daytime and/or evening) and online
  • Eligibility: Ontario college graduates with a Child and Youth Worker/Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma. Out-of-province applicants will be considered on an individual basis. 

 

Part-time, Direct Entry:

  • Program length: Up to seven years of part-time study

  • Program entry: Year three
  • Course delivery: Classroom (daytime and/or evening) and/or online. Part-time students have the option of completing the entire program online 
  • Eligibility: Ontario college graduates with a Child and Youth Worker/Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma. Out-of-province applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Curriculum

Our newly updated curriculum will immerse you in the latest trends, knowledge and practices in the professional field of child and youth care.

A blend of academic studies and professional education will challenge you to develop a strong foundation in both theory and practice.

Required courses will enhance your understanding of the issues that children, youth and their families confront today. You will learn about child and adolescent development, child abuse and neglect, children's rights and more.

Professionally-related courses will engage you with the psychology of addiction, social innovation, violence and the family and more.

Internship placements provide Four-year students with the opportunity to apply knowledge to practice in child welfare, children’s mental health, family support, health care, education and youth justice settings.

Opportunities to explore other disciplines, whether by pursuing a minor or taking elective courses, will challenge you to broaden your horizons.

Ryerson Child and Youth Care life

There is more to the Ryerson Child and Youth Care (CYC) experience than just lectures, books and studying.

Ryerson offers countless opportunities to get involved.

Our engaged students help create a vibrant campus life. Student groups such as the CYC School Council provide an important platform for student voices.

And that’s without mentioning Ryerson’s innovative and world class facilities. The Student Learning Centre provides an outstanding environment in which to study, collaborate and share ideas, and the Mattamy Athletic Centre offers Ryerson students an NHL-sized hockey rink, basketball court and fitness centre.

After graduation, you will form part of a strong alumni community. The Ryerson Alumni Association is active and involved, providing great opportunities for socializing and networking.

How to apply

When you apply to Ryerson’s bachelor of arts in Child and Youth Care, you'll be required to meet a number of admission requirements.

You'll need to meet certain deadlines when submitting your application online and may be required to submit supporting documents.