Child and Youth Care - 612

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Use a relational approach to develop and implement prevention and intervention strategies to facilitate a positive change in children, youth and their families who experience a range of social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Program Highlights

  • Three different practical field placement experiences are offered throughout the program totalling over 1000 hours of hands-on CYC field experience
  • 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 6-21 and their families who are experiencing a range of social, emotional, mental health and behavioural challenges.
  • 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, neurodiversity, substance abuse, behavioural problems and in conflict with the law
  • Learn equitable, diverse and inclusive approaches to advocate for the rights of children and youth



Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

This program offers 2 intake options: 

September Intake- Students will start in September and complete a three-year Advanced Diploma program during fall and winter semesters for 3 years.

January Intake- Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters for the first year of the program: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer of the first year of the program. 
Second and third years of the program are completed in fall and winter semesters. Students will be off during summer semester of second year.

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Program delivery

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Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.



Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • 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 

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$881.96$785.16
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,236.00$2,139.20
Total 1st Year Fees$4,375.20

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2024 - 2025 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,525.00$8,525.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$8,975.00$8,900.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,875.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

To learn more, please visit the Center for Experiential Learning.

Field Placements

  • For information regarding field placements, please see the Child and Youth Care Field Placement page
  • Participate in a variety of field placements with Children, and Youth which could include schools, out-of-home facilities, foster homes, shelters hospitals, youth justice and community-based settings and others.
  • CYC Field Placement Specialists work collaboratively with students when assigning placements and provide ongoing support and guidance throughout field placement experiences.

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] (Sean Flaherty) or ken.brill [at] (Ken Brill).

Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

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

Where you could work includes:

  • Out-of-home care settings
  • Schools
  • 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.).

Educational Pathways


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. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Tech requirements

  • access to computer for online course work
  • access to MyCanvas

Additional Information

Prior Learning

  • 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.

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2024
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International Students

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