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Program Details

  • Program Code:1205
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:3 years/ 6 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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In the Child and Youth Care program, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to advocate for children, youth and their families as you learn to encourage them to be more resourceful and to confidently use their voices.

This three-year Child and Youth Care program will examine the principles, philosophies and characteristics of relational child and youth care practice from child and youth-centred, developmental and ecological perspectives (1). It will also cover themes related to professional boundaries, child and adolescent mental health, psychology, counselling theories, crisis theory, intervention and counselling (group, individual, family), abuse, advocacy and anti-oppression.

As a graduate of this advanced diploma program, you'll be ready to provide prevention and early intervention strategies, assessment, treatment, and counselling to children and adolescents who may be in crisis, struggling with psychological challenges, or who are dealing with other stressful situations. As such, you'll become a valuable member of the mental health profession and use your knowledge and skills to provide life-changing support from a strength-based paradigm.

Child and youth care practitioners engage and work with children, youth and their families across a wide variety of settings, including community-based child and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school-based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centres, day and residential treatment programs, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, private practice, psychiatric centres, rehabilitation programs, paediatric health care, child protection and youth justice programs (2).

This program will be delivered using a combination of modalities. Courses may be taught face-to-face, online or in a blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching.

(1) Adapted from Child & Youth Care Program Standards (2014), Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

(2) Settings adapted from the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice and Child and Youth Care Certification Board (2010), "Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioner".

Program Highlights

  • The Child and Youth Care program may be taken full or part time, and if you are currently working in the field, through a government-funded apprenticeship program.
  • The program curriculum is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure courses are up-to-date and based on current research and best practices.
  • Program faculty are all trained in child and youth care and have extensive knowledge, expertise and field experience.
  • Three specialized field practicums will be provided and include a variety of settings. The first-year field practicum will be in a school board setting and will occur two days per week in Semester 2. The second-year field practicum will be in a residential setting in either Semester 3 or 4 and will occur four days per week (shift work could include day and/or evening hours). The final practicum, three days per week during Semester 5 and 6, will be in a specialized setting. All three field practicums will provide a valuable opportunity for integrating classroom learning and hand-on practice.
  • All graduates will receive certification in SafeTALK (Suicide Prevention), ASIST (Suicide Intervention) and Positive Space training.
  • The Child and Youth Care program has a specially-designed communications lab that will be used extensively for interactive learning activities, counselling simulations, and small group observation and feedback.
  • You'll have the opportunity to engage in intra-professional collaboration with other programs within the College community (e.g., Police Foundations).
  • Global Citizenship and Equit (GC&E) Portfolio: You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature GC&E competencies. For more information on GC&E, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit

Once you complete the Child and Youth Care Program, you'll be able to:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice and respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity;
  • Assess and respond to children and youths' strengths and needs, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges to promote positive change;
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact of the interrelationship among family, social service, and justice and community systems on children, youth and their families, and use this information in planning holistic care and reducing systemic barriers;
  • Plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence-informed practices in the areas of therapeutic milieu, programming and group work to promote resiliency and to enhance development in children, youth and their families;
  • Advocate for the rights of children, youth and their families, and maintain an anti-oppression perspective and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts;
  • Apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the interprofessional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice;
  • Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner;
  • Use evidence-based research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.

Synopsis of the Vocational Learning Outcomes: (MTCU, September 2014)


Centennial College’s Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma program has earned accreditation from the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada as a provider of quality post-secondary education in the field of Child and Youth Care, effective April 21, 2021 to April 20, 2028.

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Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Companies Offering Jobs

Some Toronto and Greater Toronto Area agencies that have hired Child and Youth Care program graduates include: Aisling Discoveries Child & Family Services, Children's Aid Societies, East Metro Youth Services, Frontenac Youth Services, Kennedy House Youth Services, Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences, Turning Point Youth Services, Toronto, York Region and Durham School Boards; Youthdale Treatment Centre, Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre, and Kinark Child & Family Services.

Career Outlook

  • Child and youth care practitioner
  • Youth outreach
  • Child life specialist
  • Youth advocate
  • Community justice
  • Family support
  • Youth employment
  • Educator
  • Counsellor
  • Specialized community support

Education Pathways

Successful graduates of this Child and Youth Care program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. 

Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program. Please note that each pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree
Athabasca University Bachelor of Professional Arts - Human Services
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors
Bachelor of Social Work - 4 years
Bachelor of Science in multiple majors

Algoma University - Brampton

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
Carleton University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
Griffith University Bachelor of Child, Youth and Family Practice
Bachelor of Human Services
Guelph-Humber, University of Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services
Honours Bachelors of Applied Science in Justice Studies
Humber College Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
Bachelor of Community Development
Lakehead University Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Ontario Tech University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and Policy Studies (Bridge)
Ryerson University Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies
Seneca College Honours Bachelor of Child Development
Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health
Trent University Honours Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Windsor, University of  Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please visit ONCAT.

Educational Partners

  • Qualified graduates of this program may apply to continue their education with Ryerson University's Child and Youth Care direct-entry degree program or receive credit towards their university degree in related disciplines.
  • Graduates with a C+ average may apply to Vancouver Island University for direct entry into the third year of the Child and Youth Work degree program. A child protection specialization is also available for a limited number of students.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC).

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,130.24 $3,851.24
International $15,385.50 $1,639.24 $17,024.74

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