Child and Youth Care - 612

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Mix of classroom and online
Develop prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to facilitate a positive change in children, youth and their families.
youth worker with child helping her write

Designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as a Child & Youth Counsellor (CYC) or who are already working in the field and wish to upgrade their qualifications. The part-time program offered in the evening and online is identical to the full-time program which is offered during the day. Students are encouraged to take 2-3 courses each term.

The provincially-approved curriculum has been designed to develop the aptitudes, knowledge and skills CYCs need to specialize in supporting children and youth experiencing social, emotional, mental health and behavioural challenges. Advanced course work focuses on a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies and how these theoretical concepts can be applied in the field. The curriculum also includes interviewing techniques, conflict management, counseling skills and program development. In addition, students will learn advocacy skills and be introduced to legal issues involving children and youth including the child welfare system and the criminal justice system.

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Applicants to the program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submit an Official Grade 12 transcript showing Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation)including:
  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent - (70% guideline)

All applicants who do not meet or are missing the academic eligibility requirements for this program may take a pre-admission test. The pre-admission test is done on a referral-basis only. You need to indicate on your application that you require a pre-admission test, include your date of birth, and our admissions secretary will send you a referral to the testing centre for you and let you know your next steps once a referral has been made. Please do not indicate that you require a pre-admission test if you plan on submitting an original transcript.

All applicants submitting prior academic history completed outside of Canada must provide confirmation of equivalence to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This can be coordinated through any of the following:

Recommended Requirements

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    Students who struggle with communications or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre.
    These students are also encouraged to take COMM11040 instead of COMLL041 for added understanding and support. Both meet the graduating requirements of the Program of Studies
  2. Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access).
    Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering this blended program (a mix of online and in class learning). To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basis' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

Additional Requirements (for Field Placements only)

  1. Formal Police Clearance (opens new window) (Vulnerable Sector Screening)
    Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.

  2. Communicable Disease Screening
    Some placement agencies require that candidates undergo some disease screening such as tuberculosis testing prior to entering field placement.

By taking online courses as well as evening face-to-face courses, students can continue to balance personal and professional priorities while completing course work. Where a course is indicated below as blended, the number of hours traditionally taught in-class will be reduced and supplemented with online learning expectations and activities. For more information, check out the Blended Learning page.

Registrations for core courses in this program cannot be completed online. You must register in person, by mail, or by fax once your application for acceptance has been approved. View the Registration Options page for more information.

Students may begin taking open courses prior to admission into the CYC Program. These open registrations courses, also known as service courses, are part of the program graduation requirements but are offered by other departments at Mohawk College. Please refer to the catalogue for more information on these courses.

Open registration/service courses include:

  • Communication - COMMLL041 or Communications D - COMM11040
  • Introductory Psychology - PSYCSS156
  • Developmental Psychology - PSYCSS271
  • Sociology 1 - SSCISS108
  • OPEL XXXXX (General Education Elective) x 2

Textbooks: For information on the textbooks needed for the upcoming term please visit our Textbook Search site.

Course Number

Course Name










Semester 1
HMNSCC142 Intro to CYC Practice 3 42   (PERS10004 and HMNS10032)
HMNSCC143 Introduction to Group Dynamics 3 42   HMNS10019
HMNSCC162 Therapeutic Prog & Life Skills 3 42   (HMNS1008 and HMNS10032)
PSYCSS156 Introductory Psychology 3 42  

PSYCSS126, or PSYCSS157, or


SSCISS108 Sociology 1 3 42   SSCI10047
Pick One
COMM11040 Communication D 4 56    
COMMLL041 Communication 3 42    
Semester 2
COUN10004 Intro to Couns & Comm Skills 3 42   (COMM10086 and COUN1000), or COUNCC359, or COUN10011
HMNS10102 Intro Abuse/Trauma/Resilency 42 HMNSCC142 HMNS10029
HMNSCC257 Interv Strategies for CYC 3 42   (HMNS10030 and HMNS10018 and HMNS10028 and HMNS10029)
MGMTCC153 Legislation Pol. & Proc. 3 42 HMNSCC142 (HMNS10018 and LAWS10019)
PSYCSS271 Developmental Psychology 3 42   PSYCSS144, or PSYCSS283, or PSYC10004
WORK10112 Seminar 1 - Professionalism CYC 6 84 (HMNSCC142 and HMNSCC162) WORKCC255 or (PERS10004 and WORK10044 and PSOL10002)
Semester 3
COUN10008 Adv Interview and Counselling 3 42 COUN10004, or COUN10011, or (COUN10000 and COMM10086) COUN10012
HMNS10103 Working with Exceptionalities 3 42   (HMNS10020 and HMNS10024 and HMNS10025 and PSYCSS330)
HMNS10112 Adv Therapeutic Programming 3 42 HMNSCC162 HMNSCC362 or (HMNS10020 and HMNS10030)
HMNSCC358 Adolescence Treatment 4 56 HMSN10102 (PSYC10004 and HMNS10025 and COMM10086 and COUN10000)
HSCICC327 Health Care & Pharmacology 3 42   (HMNS10020 and HMNS10024 and HMNS10025)
OPELXXX General Edu 1 Option table 3 42    
Semester 4
HMNS10124 Trauma Informed Treat Approach 3 42 HMNS10102 HMNSCC552 or (HMNS10022 and HMNS10026 and HMNS10029 and HMNS10031)
HMNSCC532 Family Work 3 42   (HMNS10022 and HMNS10026)
HMNSCC553 Comm Intervention & Res. 3 42   MGMT10055
HMNSCC556 Advanced Group Work 6 56 (HMNSCC143 and HMNSCC162 and COUN10008) (HMNS10019 and HMNS10027)
HMNSCC558 Human Sexuality in CYW 3 42 (HMNSCC162 and HMNSCC358)  
OPELXXXXZ General Educ 2 Option Table 3 42    
Semester 5
HMNS10104 Seminar 2 - Trends & Issues CYC 2 28 WORK10112 PSOL10003
HMNSCC457 Cogn Behav Mod in CYC 2 28   (PSYC10005 and HMNS10021 and HMNS10030)
HMNSCC458 Assess & Trtmt Strat in CYC 3 42 HMNSCC358 (HMNS10023 and COMM10100 and PSOL10003 and PSOL10004)
WORK10136 Field Placement 1 11 448

(WORK10112 and HMNS10112 and HMNSCC257 and MGMTCC153 and HMNSCC358 and COUN10008 and HSCICC327 and HMNS10103)

WORK10045 or WORKCC455 or (WORK10140 or WORK10141)
Semester 6
HMNS10105 Professional Development CYC 3 42 (HMNS10104 and WORK10136) (CREDCC601 and MGMT10055 and HMNS10022) or (PSOL10002 and MGMT10055 and HMNS10022)
WORK10137 Field Placement 2 13 504 (WORK10136 and HMNSCC457 and HMNSCC458 and HMNSCC553 and HMNSCC556 and HMNSCC532 and HMNS10104)  

Students are responsible for ensuring required prerequisites are completed prior to registering in subsequent courses.

As much as part-time studies enable students to work at their own pace, all students need to be aware that, as per the Program Promotion and Graduation Requirements policy (opens PDF, 56kb), to be eligible for graduation, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of current competencies outlines in the Program of Studies applicable at the time of graduation. In cases where study has been interrupted of a Program of Studies has been updated to reflect industry standards, the College may require a student to repeat a subject area.

The Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities!

Industries of Employment:

  • Shelters, Drop-in Centres, Group Homes, Schools, Residential Facilities
  • Mental Health Centres
  • Education Services
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Youth Criminal Justice Services
  • Community Intervention Services

Occupational Categories:

  • Child and Youth Workers
  • Child and Youth Counsellors
  • Youth Support Workers

Graduates of the Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma program may also be interested in Degree Transfer or Post-Graduate opportunities! Visit the Pathways and Credit Transfer page to research these opportunities.

Field Placements

There are two field placements in the Child and Youth Care Diploma program:

  • WORK10136 (Field Placement 1) is 448 hours in length. You must register in HMNS10104 (Seminar 2 - Trends and Issues in Child and Youth Care) at the same time as Field Placement 1.
  • WORK10137 (Field Placement 2) is 504 hours in length.

Field Placement Requirements:

  1. Formal Police Clearance (Vulnerable Sector Screening)
    Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.
  2. Communicable Disease Screening
    Some placement agencies require that candidates undergo some disease screening such as tuberculosis testing prior to entering field placement.

Can I select my own agencies for Placement?

Students may not contact schools themselves. Once a student is registered in a field placement course, the Field Placement Coordinator/Program Manager will notify the student regarding their placement opportunity. Students are then required to interview at the agency. Additional paperwork must be completed, signed, returned, and approved before placement can officially begin.