Child and Youth Care - 612
- Three different practical field placement experiences are offered throughout the program totaling over 1000 hours of hands-on experience upon
- The Child and Youth Care program has a high employment rate for those in both full-time and part-time studies
What you'll learn
- Specialize in supporting change with children and youth ages of approximately 6 to 18 experiencing a range of social, emotional, mental health and behavioural challenges and their families
- Implement a range of prevention and intervention strategies for children, youth and their families. This will focus on trauma informed practice, crisis intervention, conflict management, problem-solving, life space interviews, therapeutic activity programming, life and social skill development and group work
- How to engage with children and youth experiencing difficult home situations, mental health challenges, substance abuse, behavioural problems and conflicts with the law
- Learn equitable and inclusive approaches to advocate for the rights of children and youth
3 academic years (periods of 8 months)
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Domestic and International student admission requirements
- OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (70% guideline)
- Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
- For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the average of the highest senior level final grades in the required courses that are available at the time of ranking
- Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
- Options are available for mature applicants
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.
Tuition and Fees
2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$846.45||$727.48|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,200.49||$2,081.52|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$4,282.01|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,255.00||$8,255.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Per Semester||$8,705.00||$8,630.00|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$17,335.00|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you'll gain skills
- Apply theory to practice during unpaid field placements, totaling 1008 hours of work experience.
- Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.
- Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts.
- Foster social responsibility and leadership through a service learning project.
- Work with an organization or agency within a classroom setting to solve real-life industry projects.
To learn more, please visit the Center for Experiential Learning.
- For information regarding field placements, please see the Child and Youth Care Field Placement page.
Become an Agency
If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Community Services programs, please contact either sean.flaherty [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Sean Flaherty) or ken.brill [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Ken Brill).
Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.
Your future career options
- Child and Youth Workers
- Child and Youth Counsellors
- Youth Support Workers
- Child and Youth Practitioners
Where you could work includes:
- Group Homes, Schools and Residential Facilities
- Mental Health Centres
- Education Services
- Child Welfare Services
- Youth Criminal Justice Services
- Community Intervention Services
Opportunities for grads
- Become a member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (O.A.C.Y.C.).
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *
- Child and Youth Worker (Apprenticeship)
- General Arts and Science Certificate (College Transfer)
- Human Services Foundation
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Support
- General Arts and Science (University Transfer)
- Recreation Therapy
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
- Early Childhood Education (Intensive)
- Social Service Worker (Intensive)
- Educational Support (Intensive)
- Autism & Behavioural Science
- Brain Disorders Management
- Community and Social Services Management
- Concurrent Disorders
- Mental Health & Disability Management
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
Earn a degree:
Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration
Griffith University - Bachelor of Child, Youth and Family Practice or Bachelor of Human Services
Metropolitan University of Toronto (formerly Ryerson University) (opens new window) - Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
- The Child and Youth Care program also offers a process that allows credit for prior learning
- Up to 75% of the credits required may be achieved through the experiential learning mode
- Advanced standing will be processed on an individual basis
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I work as a Child and Youth Care (CYC)?
Out-of-home care settings, hospitals, schools, shelters, foster care, wrap-around services.
How do Field Placements work?
Students experience three field placements:
- Semester 2: 56 hours in a school setting
- Semester 5: 448 hours in a CYC specific setting
- Semester 6:504 hours in a CYC specific setting
Am I paid when I am in Field Placements?
Field Placements are unpaid. However, the skills and experiences gained are valuable for your resume and therefore attaining work in our CYC field
Is there anything I need to be able to go to Field Placement?
You will need a clear, current Vulnerable Sector Search/Police Clearance for each field placement. The CYC team will let you know when it’s time to apply for this. There is a cost associated with this that is the responsibility of the student.
Is there a lot of group work in this program?
Group work is often at the heart of what we do as CYCs. There is a significant amount of group work in the program to help prepare you for work in the field.
Domestic Canadian Students
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