Child and Youth Care - Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
(with diploma exit)
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Child and Youth Care
Many children, youth and their families experience trauma, often through abuse, neglect, or a significant loss. They may also have stressors such as mental health, education, poverty, communication or family conflict. Child and youth care practitioners work relationally with individuals and families to help them gain new insights, supports and strategies to navigate the complexities of their lives and an ever-changing world.
The child and youth care program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to work effectively with children, youth and families in a wide range of practice settings. Specialized child and youth care courses and courses in disciplines such as the humanities and social sciences prepare students to become well-rounded child and youth care professionals.
In years one and two, foundational courses with a personal-growth focus prepare students to form helping relationships with youth and families through effective communication and an understanding of adolescent and lifespan development, family dynamics and activity programming. Child and youth care methods, communication and counselling, and family support and intervention courses prepare students for entry-level positions in the field. Field placements provide the opportunity to apply coursework to practice settings. Students may choose the diploma exit option at the end of year two.
Years three and four prepare students for advanced practice in intensive programs with children, youth and families with multiple, complex challenges through courses on abuse and neglect, substance abuse, law and social services, and advanced methodology in individual, group and family practice. Research, statistics, advanced field placement and arts and science courses complete degree level education and prepare students for more complex positions and graduate programs in child and youth care.
Sensitive, well-educated and knowledgeable graduates are in demand across Canada. Graduates could enjoy rewarding careers as youth workers, family support workers, out-of-school care workers, child/youth care workers/counsellors, Children’s Service case workers or family-school liaison workers. Work settings include treatment centres, group homes, youth centres, mental health centres, family support programs, community-based programs, foster care and schools. Diploma exit students (after successful completion of year two) are prepared for entry-level, front-line positions. Degree graduates (after successful completion of year four) are prepared for positions as advanced front-line child and youth care practitioners or for supervisory positions.
Students presenting a completed Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree from MacEwan University are eligible to apply to a wide array of graduate degrees, including child and youth care programs at the University of Victoria, Ryerson University and Strathclyde University.
Robbins Health Learning Centre
Room 9-414, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
Program of Study
|CYCW 100||Adolescent Development||3|
|CYCW 101||Helping Skills||3|
|CYCW 102||Integration Seminar||1|
|CYCW 103||Field Placement||2|
|CYCW 104||Activity Programming||2|
|CYCW 106||The Child and Youth Care Professional||3|
|CYCW 107||Child and Youth Care Practice||3|
|CYCW 108||Diversity and Difference in Child and Youth Care Practice||2|
|CYCW 110||Integration Seminar||1|
|CYCW 111||Field Placement||2|
|CYCW 112||Family Dynamics||2|
|CYCW 114||Individual Counselling||3|
|Three credits of university English (includes WRIT 101)||3|
|CYCW 200||Child/Youth Care Methods I: Current Trends||3|
|CYCW 201||Child and Youth Care Practice in Mental Health||3|
|CYCW 202||Integration Seminar||1|
|CYCW 203||Field Placement||4|
|CYCW 204||Group Work||3|
|CYCW 205||Issues in Family Work||3|
|CYCW 206||Child/Youth Care Methods II||3|
|CYCW 207||Integration Seminar||1|
|CYCW 208||Field Placement||4|
|CYCW 209||Family Support and Intervention||2|
|CYCW 211||Development Across the Lifespan||3|
|CYCW 302||Advanced Child and Youth Care Practice I: Linking Theory, Self and Ethics||3|
|CYCW 303||Advanced Child and Youth Care Practice II: Global Perspectives in Child and Youth Care||3|
|CYCW 339||Applying Developmental Theory in Child and Youth Care Practice I||3|
|CYCW 340||Advanced Child and Youth Care Frameworks: Coalitions across Social Contexts||3|
|CYCW 350||Law and Social Services||3|
|CYCW 360||Abuse and Neglect||3|
|CYCW 361||Substance Abuse||3|
|Three credits of university English||3|
|Six credits of university Electives||6|
|CYCW 411||Advanced Field Placement I||3|
|CYCW 412||Advanced Field Placement II||3|
|CYCW 423||Child and Youth Care Research||3|
|CYCW 425||Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis||3|
|CYCW 465||Advanced Child and Youth Care Practice with Community Groups||3|
|CYCW 466||Advanced Child and Youth Care Practice with Families||3|
|CYCW 474||Advanced Child and Youth Care Practice with Individuals||3|
|Nine credits of university Electives||9|
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Academic Residency - Exemption
A student entering year three of the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree with a diploma from an external institution must complete at least 35 per cent of courses through MacEwan University for degree completion. Challenge examinations, transfer credit and other special assessments (for example, prior learning and recognition) are not included in the 35 per cent.
Elective requirements may be 100, 200, 300 or 400 level university courses.
The English course requirement may be a 100, 200, 300 or 400 level baccalaureate course from the English department.
Progression of Studies
Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements as noted on program courses.
Regulations Governing Field Placement Courses
Students must achieve satisfactory performance in all clinical fieldwork courses in accordance with the course criteria and outcomes. Agency staff and MacEwan faculty work collaboratively to offer supervision and support of students and each field placement is accompanied by an integration seminar that provides opportunities to connect course learning and field experience. Students complete field placements during years one, two and four of the program. In year one, students complete 240 hours in either a community centre or an elementary school and the field placement emphasizes self-awareness while learning about and integrating the foundations of child and youth care practice. In year two, students complete 480 hours in an agency that provides group care services to children, youth and/or families. The field practicum emphasizes the importance of working relationally and creatively with people where they live their lives. Students are encouraged to integrate learning from the classroom, the practice setting and their own experiences. In fourth year, students complete 260 hours and can be assigned to a wide array of settings that are typically tailored to meet the individual student's learning needs and goals. Advanced fieldwork opportunities can include specialized group care or community programs, mental health, government, family support, and schools. The field placement in fourth year emphasizes critical and reflective integration of theory and practice, while also enhancing skills around intervention, leadership and advocacy.
Across all levels of practicum, field placement hours may include days and evenings. Students are to arrange their own transportation for required program activities and any costs incurred for meals, travel and accommodation are the student’s responsibility. Students cannot be in attendance at field placement agencies as a MacEwan University child and youth care student except at times and locations authorized by the field placement coordinator and/or the instructor for the course in which the student is currently enrolled.
Students must comply with the Work Integrated Learning policy regarding field placement as well as other applicable policies and regulations of the university and the host agency. Students must have completed all prerequisite courses as well as all program and agency pre-placement requirements prior to the start of any field placement course. In accordance with the Work Integrated Learning policy, the university reserves the right, at any point during the field placement course, to remove a student from the field placement for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places the client(s) and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases the Chair, through consultation with the Dean, will assign a grade of F in the course. Although the decision may be appealed according to the Appeals policy, the student will not be permitted to remain in the clinical fieldwork placement during the appeal.
Police Information Check
Students must meet the specific police information check (PIC) requirement as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program. Students are responsible for obtaining a PIC at intervals specified by clinical agencies or the program and making these available, upon request, to their field placement agency representative. Student may also be required to obtain intervention checks for some field placements. Students whose PIC status changes following program admission must self-report this change in status; this may compromise the student’s ability to complete the program requirements as they may be denied required field placements and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
First Aid – Standard
Students must meet the specific First Aid requirements for admission into the child and youth care program. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program. Failure to meet the specified First Aid requirements may result in a student being denied an approved field placement and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
CPR – Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (C) or Equivalent
Students must meet the specific CPR requirements for admission into the child and youth care program. The certification must be for Health Care Providers and include one and two person rescuers (adult, infant, child), and automated external defibrillation (AED). Certification must be current, with no grace period provided for field placement courses. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program. Failure to meet the specified CPR requirements may result in a student being denied an approved field placement and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.