There is one constant in the child and youth care profession and it is learning. There is always something new to learn and a professional
recognizes this by attending in service training, workshops, presentations, provincial, national and international conferences over the course of a
There was a time when 'life experience', maturity and word of mouth brought a person to child and youth care work. While this still is often the
case, increasingly and preferably, practitioners are approaching the profession through formal education.
The first instructor in the child and youth care field was Lon Lawson, who in 1957 began teaching at Thistletown Hospital in Ontario. The first
College program was established a decade later at George Brown College. Today, there is an extensive array of child and youth care
educational programs across the country running from professional college courses, to community colleges to universities. These, in turn, are
constantly refining and developing their programs to allow for the constant evolution and development of those programs at all levels. Some offer
long distance, online learning allowing for child and youth care education to be available widely in Canada.
Commitment, passion, and life experience all contribute toward a career in the child and youth field yet education is essential and
recommended. The purpose of this page will be to organize links to colleges and universities by province across Canada.
Eastern College offers its diploma in St. John's
Eastern College offers its diploma in Moncton and
Prince Edward Island
Eastern College offers its diploma in Charlottetown.
Eastern College offers its diploma in Halifax and
Nova Scotia Community College Truro
Mount St. Vincent University Dartmouth
Vanier College - Special Care Counselling Montreal
As could be expected, Ontario has the most
extensive educational system for child and youth
care in Canada beginning with Ryerson University
and extending to numerous colleges.
In the west, child and youth care education is becoming more and more vibrant. Innovative organizations such as
the Child and Youth Care Education Consortium of British Columbia and others are connecting their services to
allow diploma graduates to enroll and complete degree programs in the universities. Further, there is developing
out of some of the Universities, long distance, online options which further expand including formal education into
a career path.
Red River Community College School of Child and
Mount Royal College,
Lethbridge Community College,
Medicine Hat College,
University of Calgary
Child and Youth Care Education Consortium of
University of Victoria
Vancouver Island University
Thompson Rivers University
University of the Fraser Valley
New Westminister, Vancouver
University of Victoria, Victoria
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Schools of Child and Youth Care
Guests are invited to report broken links and new
institutions for inclusion.
The Council does not endorse any specific
school or educational program. The Council is
not responsible for the content of referred links.
Certification is another credential to consider in lieu of and/or in combination with a diploma or degree. This certification is open to members of the Council. Membership across
Canada. Course fees will apply throughout the certification stages and annually thereafter. .Members may begin the online learning at the Certificate web site. The logo above will
take you there. Certification is at one level a credential, proof you have a certain level of understanding of your profession. At another it is a way to stand up for your profession
with a formal recognition of your level of involvement. At this time only Alberta recognizes its own certification with a pay level. Once certified, members can purchase practice
insurance through the CYCAA.