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Child and Youth Care (BA)

Is It for You?

Design and implement developmental, preventative and therapeutic programs that will make a difference in the lives of children and youth facing adversity. Use specialized theories and techniques to work on interdisciplinary teams with children and youth to advocate for their rights and promote their participation in society. Explore policy areas, research, program evaluation and advocacy.

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Direct Entry to Third Year
Part Time: Direct Entry to Third Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts

 Grade Range
75-80%*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Co-op Option
No

 Graduates are eligible for certification by the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC).

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 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.

The Intersection of Art and Trauma

In her four years on campus, child and youth care student Cassandra Myers has sat on the Ryerson Board of Governors, led the university’s slam poetry club, taught workshops for community organizations, and been a passionate supporter for survivors of gender-based violence. She received two awards at Ryerson’s Student Experience Awards event: the Angela Ross Award and the Women in Leadership Student Award.

Read more about child and youth care student Cassandra Myers

Distinctive Learning

Small interactive classes; local and international internships; independent thesis project; online mentoring forum; academic and community support through CYC Connections.

After Graduation

Transform the lives of children and youth facing adversity in hospitals, eating disorder clinics, substance use programs, outpatient services; community centres, educational/day treatment settings, school districts; residential treatment settings, foster care, family support programs; children’s aid societies and mental health centres; policy analysis and development in government ministries and nongovernmental organizations. Complete graduate studies at Ryerson in child and youth care or related fields.

What You Need to Know

Full-Time Format
Domestic Fees Range:
$7,703 - $8,289
International Fees Range: $25,926 - $25,958

Part-Time Format (One to Eight or More Courses)
Domestic Fees Range:
$902 - $5,819
International Fees Range: 
$2,662 - $19,850

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.

Note: 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.

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