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Child and Youth Care

Child and Youth Care

Specialize in the development and implementation of therapeutic programs for children and youth.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


As a Child and Youth Care Practitioner, you help design recreational, therapeutic and social programs for children and youth impacted by developmental trauma. Often, as part of a team, you develop and deliver therapeutic programs and interventions that lead to positive change in young people (age 6 to 25 years old) who emotionally and physically act out.

You must bring a high level of respect for children and youth to your study and be committed to helping them see their strengths and develop to their full potential.

Child and Youth Care Practitioners engage with children, youth and their families, often in 24/7 environments, assisting them in developing capacities to build their resilience and relationship skills.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check, a Vulnerable Sector check and a Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Food Handlers Course
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You will be interviewed with a placement agency as a pre-placement screening process.
  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates may find work in therapeutic treatment centres, hospitals, schools and programs for troubled children and youth throughout Nova Scotia
  • Graduates may find and some work, on contract, with child welfare agencies.
  • Graduates may also find employment within school-based Child and Youth Care positions, or employment in a variety of community organizations across Canada.

Choose NSCC

  • To work in this area, you must have a diploma from a recognized child and youth care program or an undergraduate degree in human services. NSCC's Child and Youth Care program meets this standard.
  • Graduates of this program are eligible to become Certified Child and Youth Care practitioners and members of the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers' Association.
  • Learn from faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom; every instructor has practised in the field.
  • Experience hands-on, practical learning, where you apply your skills and knowledge to real projects and work experiences.
  • Small class sizes enable you to be very involved in your learning and make the most of your class time.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation. Physical demands include 12-hour shifts in a 24-hour work environment, as well as spending long periods actively engaged with young people, participating and facilitating recreation and therapeutic programming.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills will be emphasized throughout your work placement and employment experiences.
  • A valid Class 5 driver's licence is required for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CYCP 1001   Introduction to Psychology for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1002   Service Learning for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1003   Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu I
CYCP 1005   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners I
CYCP 1012   Teamwork for Relational Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1013   Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu II
CYCP 1014   Child and Youth Care Professional Development
CYCP 1015   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners II
CYCP 1017   Introduction to Child and Youth Care Professional Practice
CYCP 1018   Introduction to Today’s Society within Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1020   Child and Youth Care Relational Communication II
CYCP 1050   Child and Youth Care Work Experience Orientation
CYCP 1055   Child and Youth Care Workshop Seminar
CYCP 2000   Child and Youth Care Methodology I
CYCP 2004   Group Facilitation for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 2006   Developmental Psychology for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 2011   Child and Youth Care Interventions and Applied Relational Communications I
CYCP 2015   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners III
CYCP 2017   Child and Youth Care Practitioner Identity Development
CYCP 2018   Child and Youth Care Professional Practice Seminar
CYCP 2020   Child and Youth Care Applied Relational Communication II
CYCP 2025   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners IV
CYCP 2026   Family Systems – A Child and Youth Care Perspective
CYCP 2050   Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu III
CYCP 2055   Child and Youth Care Internship I
CYCP 2065   Child and Youth Care Work Experience
CYCP 3000   Child and Youth Care Therapeutic Activity Programming
CYCP 3050   Child and Youth Care Internship II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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