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Child and Youth Care (BA) FAQs

 

Program information

What is the difference between the Full-time, Four-year program and the Direct Entry programs?

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).

What is the difference between the two Direct Entry programs?

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 CYC courses per term.  Part-time students interested in enrolling into additional CYC courses must wait until after registration is completed by full-time students (open enrollment) before they enroll into additional CYC courses to ensure that full-time students are able to register into their CYC 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).

What are the learning formats for the different programs?

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.

Where can I find a list of CYC courses?

Check the current Undergraduate Calendar for information on CYC 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.

Liberal studies

What are liberal studies?

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.

Can I take any of the courses on the liberal studies tables?

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

CYC 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.

I have an extra lower level liberal studies course in the “non-applicable” table of my advisement report. Can this count as an upper level liberal studies course?

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.

I completed a professionally-related course thinking it was a liberal studies course. What can I do?

You can apply to direct your professionally-related course towards the liberal studies requirement by completing the undergraduate degree course exception (substitution/directive) form [PDF]. Follow the additional instructions on the form.

Each application is processed on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee that your request will be approved.

Admissions

How can I apply for the Child and Youth Care program?

We admit new students each fall, and you can learn more about the application process on the webpage for CYC 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.

What is the cost of tuition for the CYC program?

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

What kind of resources are available to help me pay for my education?

You can learn about financial aid for students on Ryerson’s Financial Assistance and OSAP web page.

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I wasn’t accepted into the CYC program even though I met all the requirements. Why?

The CYC 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.