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Faculty of Community Services

Child and Youth Care (MA)

Program at a glance

Program formats:

  • One-year, full-time
  • Two-year, part-time (for students currently employed in the child and youth care sector on a full-time basis)

Thematic streams:

  • Clinical child and youth care practice
  • Management and policy development in child and youth care
  • Child and youth care approaches to research

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

Degree earned: Master of Arts (MA)

Immerse yourself in leading-edge theory, research, policy and practice related to young people facing adversity in a variety of contexts. Learn to integrate trauma-informed care, resilience, life-space intervention and critical and anti-oppressive perspectives into your work. An emphasis on children’s rights and the youth experience within institutional and community-based services, along with a focus on reflective practice, field learning, social innovation and relational practice, will prepare you for career advancement opportunities across the sector.

Career opportunities

Today’s child and youth care practitioners need advanced knowledge and skills to flourish in a variety of practice, management, research and policy roles within complex and demanding environments:

  • Psychiatric centres
  • Health care
  • Hospitals
  • Government
  • Child welfare
  • Community-based child and youth developmental/disability/rehabilitation programs
  • Child and youth advocacy
  • Youth justice system
  • Parent education/training
  • Family support programs

Valuable learning opportunities in the classroom and in the field will prepare you to:

  • Lead effectively within the complex world of cross-sector collaboration, policy alignment and organizational change
  • Contribute evidence to the field, while taking account of stakeholder diversity, inclusion and anti-oppressive practices
  • Develop child and youth care-focused, evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches to practice
  • Work in line with current demands to deliver on client-level outcomes and have a broader social impact
Why Child and Youth Care at Ryerson?

Child and Youth Care at Ryerson draws upon the latest trends and knowledge in the field.

Our curriculum is relevant and responsive to community needs and the changing context of professional practice.

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers, researchers and strong advocates for social change.  

Achieve your learning goals with flexibility and convenience:

  • The program requires just one term of residency in the Fall
  • All required courses are offered during evenings
  • Winter and Spring/Summer courses can be completed in class or online  
Curriculum

Our program addresses advanced theory, research and practice within three thematic streams:

  • Clinical child and youth care practice
  • Management and policy development in child and youth care
  • Child and youth care approaches to research

A comprehensive education will support you to develop:

  • An in-depth understanding of the child and youth care profession, with knowledge and critical perspectives on the historical evolution of the field, current trends, practitioner competencies, and the unique concepts and approaches of child and youth care practices in multiple settings and contexts.
  • Advanced therapeutic, relational and clinical skills as these apply in diverse service settings, and across diverse populations.

  • The capacity to analyze research literature and its applications to practice, management, policy development, and the further development of field-specific research methodologies.

  • Advanced practice skills in the context of young people facing adversities, including mental health, dual diagnoses, protection issues, learning issues, social and economic marginalization or system failures.

  • An understanding of and foundational skills in the area of program and agency management, including human resource management, financial and budgetary processes, property issues, employer-union relations, and the roles and processes of boards in the non-profit sector.

  • Engagement with the emerging field of social innovation, its relevance to child and youth care practice, and its focus on interprofessional, interdisciplinary and public/private partnership and collaboration.

Program structure

The program is offered on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) basis.

The part-time option is open to students currently employed in the child and youth care sector on a full-time basis.

The program requires residency for the Fall term only. All required courses are offered during evenings. Winter and Spring/Summer courses can be completed in class or online.

 


 

Full-time program structure:

Term 1 (Fall):
  • CY8001 Child & Youth Care Theory

  • CY8003 Advanced Clinical Practice

  • Elective
Term 2 (Winter):
  • CY8002 Child & Youth Care Research Methods

  • CY8004 Management & Policy Development in Child & Youth Care

  • Elective
Term 3 (Spring/Summer):
  • Six-week, full-time Placement

  • Major Research Paper

 

Part-time program structure (suggested):

Term 1 (Fall):
  • CY8001 Child & Youth Care Theory

  • Elective
Term 2 (Winter):
  • CY8002 Child & Youth Care Research Methods

  • Elective
Term 3 (Spring/Summer):
  • Six-week, full-time placement
Term 4 (Fall):
  • CY8003 Advanced Clinical Practice
Term 5 (Winter):
  • CY8004 Management & Policy Development in Child & Youth care
Term 6 (Spring/Summer):
  • Major Research Paper
Ryerson Child and Youth Care life

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

Ryerson offers countless opportunities to get involved.

Our engaged graduate students help create a vibrant campus life. The RSU Graduate Council ensures that your voice is heard, and helps build a strong community.

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.

Admissions requirements

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.