Child and Youth Care

Helping people make a change

If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families, your caring nature can benefit you with a rewarding career by enrolling in our Child and Youth Care program. Our two-year diploma will give you the skills and expertise you need to work with people of almost any age who are experiencing challenges due to life circumstances. And that’s just the beginning: we’ll help you open the door to a myriad of fulfilling opportunities to make full use of your potential in this vital, high-impact field.

Our program has earned accreditation from the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB). The national accreditation facilitates delivery of a standardized level of education for all Child and Youth Care graduates, throughout the country.  Students can be confident in knowing their training reflects the most up-to-date and current practices in child and youth care.

Child and Youth Care is right for you if you have:

  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • a desire to engage in therapeutic relationships with others
  • the ability to be reliable and consistent
  • the flexibility and creativity required to adopt new ways to do things
  • an ability to work in a team environment with children, youth, families, and other professionals.

Make lives better

You'll receive the opportunity to work with many individuals, each with their own unique set of circumstances. You'll get a first-hand account of those suffering from trauma, rejection, abuse, and emotional stress. Practicum experiences will prepare you for this, where your theoretical knowledge will come to life with hands-on learning.

Child and Youth Care: At-a-Glance
2 Years
September, January
Diploma in Child and Youth Care
MacEwan University, University of Lethbridge, Athabasca University, Lethbridge College, University of Calgary, BC CYC Consortium, Griffith University (Australia), Institute of Technology Carlow (Carlow, Ireland)

There is a required practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience. Failure by the student to accept by way of legal contract and abide by these terms and conditions will result in non-completion of the program.

Applicants are advised they will be required to provide a Criminal Record Check and an Alberta Children’s Services Intervention Record Check (IR Check) before entering the practicum experience component of the program. The existence of an IR or criminal record may affect practicum placements, program completion and employment prospects.

The consequences of a prior criminal conviction will be examined and discussed on an individual basis. The logistics for obtaining a Criminal Record Check and an IR Check will be discussed with students during program orientation. Cost of the Criminal Record Check is approximately $75 on each occurrence. Students are advised that it is necessary to have these checks completed at least once per year.

Applicants will be required to have St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid and CPR (or equivalent) certificates prior to their practicum experiences. The cost for this certification is approximately $125.

Child and Youth Care - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$3,558$1,255$1,659
Year 2$3,150$946$960
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
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Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3393
Office of the Chair:
• 403.329.7254
Office of the Dean:
• 403.317.3568

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