A four-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study:
- Undergraduate degree in Child & Youth Care, completed at a Canadian University; OR Applied undergraduate degree in Child & Youth Care from an Ontario College, OR
- Undergraduate degree in Family Studies, Child and Youth Studies from a Canadian University PLUS 2080 hours (1 year, full-time) of direct service experience in a child and youth serving settings (Note: Hours of direct service requirement is waived if student has a CYW/CYC Diploma from an Ontario College), OR
- An undergraduate degree in an allied discipline (psychology, sociology, social work, early childhood studies, cultural studies, gender studies, aboriginal studies) PLUS 4160 hours (2 years, full-time) of direct service experience in a child and youth serving setting (Note: Hours of direct service requirement is reduced to 2080 hours (1 year, full-time) if student has a CYW/CYC Diploma from an Ontario College).
Students with extensive professional experience, particularly in areas that may address issues of diversity and inclusion, will have such experience recognized even if it is not entirely accumulated in paid or professional contexts.
This is to recognize that many activities in particularly marginalized contexts do not unfold in professional or institutionalized settings but are nevertheless of enormous value to the field of child and youth care.
This provision seeks to ensure opportunities for admission to the program for individuals who meet the minimum academic requirements but have pursued non-traditional ways of involvement in being with young people facing adversity.
Applicants who fall into this category may be asked to attend (in person or by phone) an admissions interview so as to provide an opportunity to such applicants to make their case for eligibility.
International undergraduate degrees and professional experience is assessed on a case-by-case basis.