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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Full-time, Four-year program is designed for students interested in beginning their career in child and youth care. If you are completely new to this field of study and/or have just completed high school, you must apply for this program.

Our Direct Entry programs support experienced child and youth care workers to advance their careers. You must have completed a three-year child and youth work diploma from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology to apply for Direct Entry. You can choose from the Full-time, Direct Entry program or the Part-time, Direct Entry program. Once accepted, you will begin in year three of the Child and Youth Care degree.

You can learn more about the differences between these programs at Child and Youth Care (BA).

The Direct Entry programs have different requirements for when you can complete them:

  • Full-time Direct Entry: you will take a full course load and complete the degree in two years
  • Part-time, Direct Entry: you have up to seven years to complete the degree.  Part-time students may enroll into one to two Child and Youth Care courses per term.  Part-time students interested in enrolling into additional Child and Youth Care courses must wait until after registration is completed by full-time students (open enrollment) before they enroll into additional Child and Youth Care courses to ensure that full-time students are able to register into their Child and Youth Care courses.

Both options offer classroom (daytime and evening) and online course delivery. The Part-time Direct Entry program can be completed entirely online.

You can learn more about the differences between these programs at Child and Youth Care (BA).

If you are a student in the Full-time, Four-year program, you will take classes on campus during the day for your first and second years. In your third and fourth years, you can take some classes online. You will also complete two internship experiences.

If you are a student in the Full-time, Direct Entry program or the Part-time, Direct Entry program, you can take classes on campus during the day or evening, or online. The Part-time, Direct Entry program can be completed entirely online. These programs do not include an internship.

Check the current Undergraduate Calendar for information on Child and Youth Care courses. If you are considering the Full-time, Four-year program, view semesters one through eight. If you are considering one of the Direct Entry programs, please view semesters five through eight.

The purpose of liberal studies is to develop your capacity to understand and appraise the social and cultural context in which you will work and live.

Liberal studies broaden your horizons. They enable you to look at the world from a variety of perspectives and to pursue ideas and interests beyond your specific career studies.

No, there are the following restrictions:

Full-Time, Four-Year Program:

  • Table A : PSY courses and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit
  • Table B: Psychology courses are not available for credit

Third-Year Direct Entry Program:

  • Table B: Psychology courses are not available for credit

Child and Youth Care students can take the psychology and sociology courses in the professionally-related table for credit.

Learn more about lower level liberal studies and upper level liberal studies courses.

No. Lower level liberal studies courses are not equivalent to upper level liberal studies courses. They are more introductory in nature, have a shorter written component, and generally give less weight to writing.

You can use upper level liberal studies courses to substitute outstanding lower level liberal studies courses.

We admit new students each fall, and you can learn more about the application process on the webpage for Child and Youth Care Admissions, which features information on:

  • Admission requirements
  • Application deadlines
  • Submission process
  • Required documents
  • Application tracking

If you have any questions about the application process, contact Ryerson Undergraduate Admissions.

For information about tuition fees, visit Undergraduate Fees by Program.

The Child and Youth Care program is in high demand, so we cannot always offer a space to every qualified candidate. We encourage you to apply again next year and submit your application as early as possible.

CYC303 Internship I

2nd-year students - 288 hours, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (Fall or Winter)

CYC60A/B Internship II is a full year course. 

4th-year students - 480 hours, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Fall), and Thursday and Friday in the (Winter)

Paperwork Required for Internship:

First Aid/CPR-C,

Health & Safety Certificate

Vulnerable Sector check

Health Form & Proof of vaccination depending on your internship

Please note some of our partners are asking for the COVID-19 vaccine, if you completed this please include that in your health form requirements and provide the record on your first day.

All forms can be found on the Internship D2L Community.