Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

Douglas College

Program Description

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

Douglas College

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Degree Program (BA CYC) offers the opportunity for human services diploma graduates to continue their education with a further two years of study.

It is designed to prepare graduates for challenging work supporting children, youth and families as professional child and youth care workers as well as advanced positions in the child and youth care field. The BA CYC program will prepare you for new challenges in the field of child and youth care.

Program Overview

The 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC) Degree Program prepares graduates for challenging work supporting children, youth and families as professional child and youth care workers, or for advanced positions in the child and youth care field.

Curriculum Framework

Year 1

Semester I

  • CFCS 1110 Introduction to Community
  • CFCS 1130 Change and Development: Lifespan
  • CYCC 1141 or CYCC 1160 Introduction to Practice or Introduction to Professional Practice - Teaching and Learning
  • CYCC 1150 Activity Programming for Children and Youth
  • English

Semester II

  • CYCC 1220 Counselling Children and Youth
  • CYCC 1250 Supporting Behavioral Change
  • CYCC 1240 Practicum
  • CFCS 1260 Community Practice: Addictions
  • Elective

Year 2

Semester III

  • CYCC 2211 The Professional Community: Policies, Standards, Legislation and Children
  • CYCC 2320 Working with others in groups
  • CFCS 2333 Change and Development: Families
  • CYCC 2360 Mental Health in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Elective

Semester IV

  • CFCS 2432 Understanding Aboriginal Perspectives and Experiences
  • CYCC 2440 Practicum
  • CYCC 2450 CYCC Practice: Advanced
  • CYCC 2460 Family Violence, Abuse and Recovery

Year 3

Semester V

  • CYCC 3350 CYC Practice in Child Protection
  • CYCC 3340 Developmental Theory and CYC Practice with Children
  • CYCC 3520 Professional Child and Youth Care: Theory and Practice
  • CYCC 4423 Research Methods in Child & Youth Care

Semester VI

  • CYCC 4425 Data Analysis in Child & Youth Care
  • CYCC 3341 Developmental Theory and CYC Practice with Youth
  • CYCC 3621 Critical Issues in Current CYC Practice
  • Elective Appoved by Department
  • Elective Approved by Department

Year 4

Semester VII

  • CYCC 4410 Advanced Supervised Practicum
  • CFCS 3900 International Studies
  • CYCC 4467 Advanced Skills with Individuals in Child and Youth Care
  • CYCC 4468 Advanced Skills with Groups in CYC Organizations
  • Elective Approved by Department

Semester VIII

  • CYCC 4411 Advanced Supervised Practicum
  • CYCC 4469 Advanced Skills with Families in CYC
  • CYCC 4470 Development of Attachment
  • Elective Approved by Department
  • Elective Approved by Department

Admission Requirements

ENTERING AT YEAR 1

  • In addition to the General College Admission Requirements, admission to the BA in CYC requires the following:
  • 19 years of age by November 1st of intake year
  • 75 hours of work or volunteer experience (click link to download form) in a CYC setting – hours MUST be completed prior to mandatory selection/orientation weekend
  • official high school or post-secondary transcripts including a C in Grade 12 English or equivalent
  • A current resume,
  • the completed Informed Medical Suitability Declaration form
  • attendance at a MANDATORY selection/orientation weekend in the spring

ENTERING AT YEAR 3

In addition to the General College Admission Requirements, admission to the BA in CYC requires the following:

  • Completion of the Child and Youth Care Diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum of a (2.67) B- average. Please Note: Only credentials recognized by Douglas College will be accepted for admission to the program.
  • Written English language requirement: Two university-level English courses are required with a minimum grade of "P". Recommended courses are (English) ENGL 1130 (or another academic writing course) and (Communications) CMNS 1110 (or equivalent). Students may replace one of these courses with a 1st year or higher English Literature course.
  • Preferential Admission Criteria: Admission to the BA in Child and Youth Care is contingent upon the availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of preferential selection. Suitability is determined on the basis of awareness of self and others, life/work experience, formal education and overall personal suitability. The preferential selective process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. Applicants will submit a resumé, an essay on their personal suitability for the program, one reference from a supervisor and one reference from an instructor as part of the selection process. Following the preferential selection review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the criteria.
  • A medical declaration indicating a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health.

Once an offer of admission is made, completion of the following will be required (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar:

  • Criminal Record Check

Career Transfer Pathways

Surveys show that almost 100 percent of our Child and Youth Care graduates are working in the field within 3 months of graduation (those not working were continuing their education). Child and youth care practitioners work in schools, community centres, parent-child education settings, residential settings, programs for street-involved youth, addictions services, and a variety of other settings. Diploma graduates are employed in front-line positions working directly with children and youth in these settings. Degree graduates find additional employment options in government settings and team leader or supervisory positions in community settings.

Graduates from the BA in Child and Youth Care at Douglas College are eligible to apply for the Master's in Child and Youth Care at the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria and to several other Master's programs. The School of Child and Youth Care also offers a Ph.D. program.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 12, 2018
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