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Child and Youth Care (BA)

Program Overview


  • Full-Time, Four-Year
  • Full-Time, Direct Entry
  • Part-Time, Direct Entry

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts

Ontario Secondary School Students:
2017 Grade Range for Admission / Wait List Consideration
: 75-80%*

As a Ryerson-trained practitioner in this rewarding field, you will design and implement developmental, preventative and therapeutic programs that will make a difference in the lives of children and youth—within their families and communities, and throughout their lives. Using specialized theories and techniques of care, you will work with children and youth to advocate for their rights and promote their participation in society.

This program selects students on the basis of academic achievement/grades only. Additional non-academic requirements are not required for admission consideration.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2018 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees

Full-Time Format
Domestic Fees Range:
$7,248 - $7,826
International Fees Range: $23,604 - $23,634

Part-Time Format (One to Eight or More Courses)
Domestic Fees Range:
$688 - $5,635
International Fees Range:
$2,346 - $18,896

Tuition fees are based on the 2017-2018 academic year; 2018-2019 tuition fees will be updated once approved by Ryerson's Board of Governors in the spring.

For detailed fees information visit the Registrar.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70 % or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements Overview.

  • Three-year Child and Youth Worker Advanced Diploma from a public Ontario College with minimum 3.0/B/70% cumulative GPA. Subject to competition and space limitation, a higher grade point average may be required.

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 and work experience in the field is beneficial.

Note: Potential students with work experience in the field but with post-secondary academic credentials other than the three-year Child and Youth Worker/Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma from a public Ontario College will be considered on an individual basis and should apply to the four-year program. Those with out-of-province two-year Child  and Youth Work diplomas will also be assessed on an individual basis.