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Child and Youth Care

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program Website: www.ryerson.ca/child-youth-care/
Administered by: School of Child and Youth Care
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-time and part-time, third-year direct entry programs.

Ryerson's Child and Youth Care program is focused on research and practice which integrates developmental, preventative and therapeutic requirements into the life space of children, youth, families and communities. Practitioner's work to design and implement programs and planned environments to support optimal growth in today's world.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English.

Notes:

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English.
  3. Applicants are advised that a criminal record check will be required by organizations accepting students for internship placements.
  4. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Full-Time and Part-Time Direct Entry Programs

The requirements for Direct Entry (full- or part-time) in Child and Youth Care include the following:

  • A three year Child and Youth Worker/Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma, from a public Ontario College, with at least a 'B' average.
  • Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Notes:

  • Applicants with out-of-province two-year Child and Youth Work diplomas will be assessed for admission to the Direct Entry programs on an individual basis.
  • Applicants with all other post-secondary academic credentials should apply to the four-year program. The four-year program admission requirements (or Mature Student guidelines) apply, including the English prerequisite requirement.

The curriculum builds upon a multi-disciplinary base to develop the student's understanding of issues facing children, youth, and their families in society today. With a solid multi-disciplinary foundation in sociological and psychological perspectives students are introduced to the theories and techniques of child and youth care. They will develop the ability to work with children, youth, and families with a focus on promoting the rights and participation of children and youth through inclusive practice and advocacy for the highest standards of ethical practice and optimal quality of care.

Direct Entry Program

Ryerson's Direct Entry program in Child and Youth Care was designed to meet the career and professional needs of experienced Child and Youth Care practitioners. The program builds on the Diploma in Child and Youth Work offered at most Ontario Colleges, and is intended for those who have work experience in the field. Graduates of the degree-completion program will be able to assume greater responsibilities in a variety of areas, including residential treatment centres, school boards, community programs, hospitals, and Children's Aid Societies.

The Direct Entry program in Child and Youth Care is designed to accomplish several related objectives, namely:

  • to enhance the student's awareness of the broader intellectual and professional context of the provision of services for children and adolescents;
  • to foster the development of critical capacities to understand the role of the educated professional in a social and cultural context;
  • to build on the base of knowledge, expertise and practical experience obtained through Diploma studies and subsequent work, to enable the graduate to assume advanced levels of therapeutic and organizational responsibility;
  • to develop the capacity to critically evaluate and to contribute to the emerging professional literature in the field;
  • to enable interested graduates to qualify for admission to post-baccalaureate educational programs in Child and Youth Care or in related fields.

4-Year Program

The School of Child and Youth Care offers a full-time four-year degree program. This complements the part-time Direct-Entry program first offered in Fall 1989. Students are able to enter on a full-time basis following high school or Direct Entry on a full- or part-time basis directly into year 3 following the completion of a three-year Child and Youth Work (CYW) diploma from an Ontario College.

Career Information

Graduates from the Direct Entry program are already obtaining more responsible clinical and supervisory positions including child protection and family service positions in Children's Aid Societies and Children's Mental Health Centres. Graduates may go on to obtain further education as elementary and secondary school teachers and obtain graduate degrees to become private counsellors and educators within the college CYW system.

Graduates of the BA (CYC) who enter at first year will find employment in hospital and outpatient settings, community centres, educational/day treatment settings, school districts as child and youth workers, residential centres (child welfare, young offenders, and children's mental health), and family support programs.

Curriculum Information - Part-time students

Part-time Direct Entry students do not need to follow the curricular structure of the program. Subject to pre-requisites and co-requisites being met, students may take courses from any semester.

Liberal Studies

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Liberal Studies
Direct Entry

Students must take three upper level liberal studies courses. If an upper level liberal studies course requires a prerequisite, students can consult with the teaching department/school.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

PSY courses and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit.  

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Psychology courses are not available for credit.  

Minors

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 101 Intro to Child and Youth Care
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology I
SOC 104 Understanding Society

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 102 Ready for Practice
CYC 201 Child Abuse and Neglect
PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II
PSY 302 Child Development

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I or Open Elective Table, opens in new window

  

3rd & 4th Semester

Students can take Required Group 1 or Required Group 2 in either the 3rd or the 4th Semester.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 301* Interpersonal Communications
CYC 302* Therapeutic Recreational Programming
CYC 303*† Internship I
CYC 402* Group Work with Children and Youth


* It is recommended that students take the courses CYC 301, CYC 302, CYC 303, and CYC 402 together in the same semester. These courses can be completed in either the 3rd Semester or the 4th Semester.

CYC 303 has a GPA weight of 2.00 and a course count of 2.00.

 

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 347** Professional Issues
CYC 405** Therapeutic Foundations
CYC 406** Therapeutic Life-Space
CYC 409** Social Research and Evaluation I

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.


* It is recommended that students take the courses CYC 347, CYC 405, CYC 406, and CYC 409 together in the same semester. These courses can be completed in either the 3rd Semester or the 4th Semester.


 

  

5th & 6th Semester

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 602 Children's Rights
CYC 604 Social Research and Evaluation II
CYC 607 Therapeutic Assessment

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

CRM 402 Criminal Justice and Social Inequality
CYC 900 Diversity Issues for Children and Youth
POG 315 Equity and Human Rights in Canada
PPA 125 Rights, Equity and the State
SOC 300 Sociology of Equity and Diversity
SWP 900 Race and Ethnicity

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 608 Therapeutic Intervention  
CYC 803 Advocacy in Child and Youth Services  

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I or Open Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

  

7th & 8th Semester

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 60A/B Internship II
CYC 809 Trauma-Informed Practice
CYC 825 Independent Studies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I or Open Elective Table

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 60A/B Internship II
CYC 819 Practice with Families
CYC 822 Professional Practice and Identity

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I or Open Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.

CYC 60A/B is a two-term course, has a GPA weight of 2.00, and a course count of 2.00.

Direct Entry students will normally be admitted into 5th semester (3rd Year) of this program. Students should refer to their Offer of Admission for details.

5th & 6th Semester

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 409 Social Research and Evaluation I
CYC 602 Children's Rights
CYC 607 Therapeutic Assessment

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

CRM 402 Criminal Justice and Social Inequality
CYC 900 Diversity Issues for Children and Youth
POG 315 Equity and Human Rights in Canada
PPA 125 Rights, Equity and the State
SOC 300 Sociology of Equity and Diversity
SWP 900 Race and Ethnicity

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 604 Social Research and Evaluation II  
CYC 608 Therapeutic Intervention  
CYC 803 Advocacy in Child and Youth Services  

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL*: One course from Table II.

  

7th & 8th Semester

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 825 Independent Studies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
Two courses from Table I or Open Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.



8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 809 Trauma-Informed Practice
CYC 819 CYC Practice with Families
CYC 822 Professional Practice and Identity

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I or Open Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.

Curriculum variations between Direct Entry and 4-Year programs:

  • In 5th and 6th Semester, Direct Entry students take CYC 409 in place of one Table I elective.
  • In 7th and 8th Semester, Direct Entry students take one Table I elective and one Table II elective in place of CYC 60A/B.

Direct Entry students will normally be admitted into 5th semester (3rd Year) of this program. Students should refer to their Offer of Admission for details.

  

5th & 6th Semester

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 409 Social Research and Evaluation I
CYC 602 Children's Rights
CYC 607 Therapeutic Assessment

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

CRM 402 Criminal Justice and Social Inequality
CYC 900 Diversity Issues for Children and Youth
POG 315 Equity and Human Rights in Canada
PPA 125 Rights, Equity and the State
SOC 300 Sociology of Equity and Diversity
SWP 900 Race and Ethnicity

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 604 Social Research and Evaluation II  
CYC 608 Therapeutic Intervention  
CYC 803 Advocacy in Child and Youth Services  

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL*: One course from Table II.

  

7th & 8th Semester

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 825 Independent Studies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
Two courses from Table I or Open Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.



8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CYC 809 Trauma-Informed Practice
CYC 819 CYC Practice with Families
CYC 822 Professional Practice and Identity

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED/OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I or Open Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.

In addition to the general criteria used to determine Academic Standing, students in this program must also meet the following conditions:

  • A failure in CYC 30A/B or CYC 60A/B leads to PROBATIONARY status and a second failure in the same course leads to a REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW Standing.

In addition to fulfilling the general academic requirements for graduation, students in this program must also meet the following conditions:

  • students in the full-time undergraduate Child and Youth Care program are required to obtain a minimum grade of 'C' in the Required CYC-prefix courses in second, third and fourth year. Students must receive a Pass grade ('PSD') in each of the internship courses (CYC 30A/B and CYC 60A/B and CYC 303) to graduate.
  • Child and Youth Care Advanced Standing program students, in addition to fulfilling Ryerson University's Graduation Requirements, must receive a minimum grade of 'C' in the Required CYC-prefix courses taken here at Ryerson.  

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see PDF fileSenate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Peter Amponsah
Sheridan College

Phillip Bruce
Nairn Family Homes

Bill Carty
Bartimeaus

Mardi Ennis-Gregory
Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

Karyn Kennedy
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Carlos Macdonald
World Changer Society

Trevor McAlmont
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Jason McCormack
Turning Point Youth Services

Kimberly Perry
Toronto District School Board

Sal Salmena
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto