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Child and Youth Worker Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a Child and Youth Worker career

A career as a child and youth worker can be mentally draining and difficult, but it is also one of the most rewarding jobs. You see firsthand how your help leads to better lives. There are thousands of children and youth each year who could benefit from the support of a professional in this field. Ontario college child and youth worker programs provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to make a positive impact on those who need it.

If you would like to help children, youth and families through difficult and challenging situations with a career as a child and youth worker, here’s what you need to know. More

Child and Youth Worker Courses

Child and youth worker programs at Ontario colleges prepare students to work with children and youth who have social, emotional or behavioural issues. Students take courses that cover a wide range of problems and situations, including (but not limited to):

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Aggression
  • Abuse
  • Poverty

Courses teach students crisis management, treatment options and strategies, counselling, case management and child and adolescent development. Programs ensure students possess a high understanding of how sociological, psychological and familial factors affect today’s children and youth.

Programs include mandatory work placements that are fundamental in training child and youth workers. Placements are often staggered throughout the program to allow students to apply skills soon after they learn them.

General Child and Youth Worker Program Requirements

Ontario college child and youth worker programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit. Some colleges may recommend preparing by taking courses in sociology and psychology.

Other requirements may include First Aid and CPR certifications and up-to-date immunizations. Criminal Record Checks will be needed during the program before your first field placement. Program requirements can vary, so be sure to check them carefully before applying.

Child and Youth Worker Jobs and Salaries

Child and youth worker programs prepare students for jobs as behavioural therapists, family service workers, development and support workers and more. Graduates will find rewarding careers in a variety of settings, including (but not limited to):

  • Schools
  • Shelters and group homes
  • Social service agencies
  • Community and mental health centres
  • Correctional facilities

Average starting salaries for child and youth workers is $30,000. Level of experience and the type of organization you work for will also impact your wages.

Ontario Colleges Offering Child and Youth Worker Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of child and youth worker programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Bachelor of Child and Youth Care HUMBER LAKESHORE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 22231
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0476X01F
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: CYCP
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1205
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Child and Youth Care CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0185
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child and Youth Care CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0132
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child and Youth Care DURHAM OSHAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: CYCA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child and Youth Care FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW4
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Is Highly Competitive; A Program For Which The Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds The Number Of Seats Available.

Show details Child And Youth Care FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW4
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Is Highly Competitive; A Program For Which The Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds The Number Of Seats Available.

Show details Child And Youth Care FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW4
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Is Highly Competitive; A Program For Which The Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds The Number Of Seats Available.

Show details Child And Youth Care FANSHAWE ST THOMAS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2S
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child and Youth Care FANSHAWE WOODSTOCK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2W
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care FANSHAWE WOODSTOCK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2W
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care FANSHAWE WOODSTOCK OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2W
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child and Youth Care GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C143
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 3
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Fast-Track Program, Which Starts In January And Runs For 16 Consecutive Months, Is Designed For University And College Graduates.

Show details Child And Youth Care GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C133
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Also See The Fast-Track Option For This Program.

Show details Child And Youth Care GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C143
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 3
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Fast-Track Program, Which Starts In January And Runs For 16 Consecutive Months, Is Designed For University And College Graduates Of The Social Sciences.

Show details Child and Youth Care GEORGIAN ORILLIA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Child and Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYCA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care GEORGIAN ORILLIA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYCA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Child And Youth Care GEORGIAN ORILLIA OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Child And Youth Care


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYCA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

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