3 Years - 6 Semesters
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie

Overview

Do you love making a difference in your community? The Child and Youth Care program (CYC) is your gateway into supporting the lives of children, youth and families. Through this innovative program, you will receive training in areas such as counselling, addiction, sexuality, mental health and special needs.

Apply your learning and your passion to get a head start on your future. This three-year advanced diploma program offers four levels of field placements in the community, small class sizes and a cooperative learning environment designed to prepare you to excel in your career helping others

Meet the unique needs of all communities.

The CYC program at Sault College is one of the only Child and Youth Care programs in Ontario to offer a formalized course in working with gender and sexuality and minority children, youth and their families. We want to help you make the biggest impact!

Earn a university degree in as little as 8 months! Introducing our Two Plus Two Pathway to Degree option with Algoma University. Students can join us for two years and will only need two more with our partnering University to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

If making a difference is your passion, you will find it here.

 

Courses

CYC250 - 3 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence I
CYC251 - 3 Group Dynamics II
CYC252 - 3 Youth In Conflict with the Law
CYC253 - 3 Counselling Skills II
CYC254 - 3 Abuse and Family Violence
GEN110 - 3 Student Selected General Education
Note: *This student-selected general education course code indicates a general-education course is taken in this semester. Students will choose from a selection of courses  (details)  prior to the semester in which the student-selected general education course is to be taken.

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School diploma with Grade 12 English (C) ENG4C, or mature student status.

Education path articulation

If you want to pursue a University Degree after graduation, or if you already hold a related University Degree or College Diploma, the following options will be of interest:

Get a Degree; CYC Diploma for University Graduates; CYC Diploma for ECE Graduates; CYC Diploma for SSW/SSWN Graduates

If you have finalized all academic requirements for a CYC advanced diploma from another Ontario college, but wish tocomplete your placement requirements through a unique northern experience, information about aSeptember to Aprilplacement pathway can be found under the following heading:

Placement Completion Option for CYC Transfer Students

1. Get a Degree

For students who choose to continue their education after graduation, the Sault College Child and Youth Care Program and Algoma University here in Sault Ste. Marie have one of the best College-to-University Credit Transfer Agreements in the Province, allowing our graduates to complete a Bachelor`s Degree in Psychology at Algoma in just one academic year, dependent on GPA. Additional information on the process to transfer credit is available on the Algoma University website. Similar opportunities for advanced standing exist at other Universities and Colleges including Windsor, Ryerson, Athabasca, Griffith University and Humber College.

2. CYC Diploma for University Graduates

If you have a degree in Psychology, but lack specialized field experience, our Degree Plus Diploma option may be for you.

In one academic year, you can achieve a three year Diploma that is accredited by the Provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Developmentand recognized throughout Canada. You will acquire practical skills and meaningful field experience under the supervision of well-qualified mentors. In addition, you will become eligible to apply for full professional membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC).

A Child and Youth Care Diploma will complement your theoretical knowledge and enhance your employability by providing you the specialized skills and credentials to work with children, adolescents and families in a broad range of settings.

Entrance Requirements

  • BA in Psychology from an Accredited University
  • Overall B average in area of concentration
  • Current Resume (including volunteerism, workshops, PD activity)
  • Placement Eligibility (as per College/Program requirements)
  • Academic advisement interview with CYC Program Coordinator or Designate.

* Course of Study

Semester A (Fall)

  • CYC200-3 Integrated Seminar II
  • CYC206-3 Child Care Methods III
  • CYC302-9 Community Practicum III
  • CYC202-3 Counselling Skills I
  • GEN100-3 Global Citizenship
  • CYC203-3 Group Dynamics I
  • CYC300-3 Family Dynamics

Semester B (Winter)

  • CYC251-3 Group Dynamics II
  • CYC252-3 Youth in Conflict with the Law
  • CYC253-3 Counselling Skills II
  • CYC254-3 Abuse & Family Violence
  • CYC250-3 Psychopathology 1A
  • CYW326-7 Community Practicum IV
  • CYC351-3 Integrated Seminar IV

In order to maximize learning opportunities for University graduates, CYC200 and CYW307 will be considered co-requisites in the fall semester, for these applicants only.

* Individual maps may vary somewhat based on prior experience and/or the particular course content of specific degrees, but will comprise no less than 52 required credits overall. These determinations will be made in consultation with the Program Coordinator at the time of application.

Registration Notes

Following the academic advisement interview you will apply to CYC through the OCAS process. Once accepted, you will then be manually streamed to the correct semesterand enrolled in your required courses. Further information can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar and the Financial Aid office.

This opportunity is specific to persons with a BA in Psychology but applicants with related degrees will be considered on an individual basis. In these circumstances, block transfers of credit may be reduced. For applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, the credit transfer process may be limited to a course to course basis. All program offerings are subject to sufficient enrolment. Published information is subject to change without notice.

3. CYC Diploma for ECE Graduates

As a graduate of an Early Childhood Education Diploma program, you have acquired extensive experience and knowledge in supervised child-centred practicum settings and you have a strong understanding of creative expression, teaching methods, professionalism, program planning and child development. In acknowledgement of your prior learning, and in recognition of the broad foundational and philosophical commonalities between our programs, ECE graduates will receive advanced standing equivalent to one full year of study inthe three year Child and Youth Care program at Sault College.

*Individual maps may vary somewhat based onthecourse content and sequencing of specific diploma programs.These determinations will be made in consultation with the Program Coordinator at the time of application.

A Child and Youth Care Diploma will complement your ECE training by providing you the necessary skills and credentials to work effectively with older children, adolescents and families in a variety of circumstances. You will be trained in the specific applications of counselling, group dynamics and case management skills that are central to Child and Youth Care. As a dual Diploma graduate, you will be more diverse in your skill sets and better qualified to seek employment in a broad range of settings.

Entrance Requirements

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma from an Accredited College
  • CPIC and Health Documentation (as per College/Program requirements)
  • Academic advisement interview with CYC Program Coordinator or Designate

Program Duration for ECE Diploma Graduates

The duration of the advanced standingoption for ECE graduates is four semesters with a September start.

Registration Notes

Following the academic advisement interview you can apply to Semester One through the OCAS process. Once accepted, you will be manually enrolled in your required courses. Further information can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar and the Financial Aid office.

This opportunity is specific to persons with an ECE Diploma. Applicants who wish to transfer from ECE to CYC prior to completion will continue to access and transfer credit according to the established format. All program offerings are subject to sufficient enrolment. Published information is subject to change without notice.

4. CYC Diploma for SSW/SSWN Graduates

As a graduate of a Social Service Worker Diploma program, you have acquired extensive experience and knowledge of ethical practice, professionalism and social understanding from a generalist perspective. In acknowledgement of your prior learning, and in recognition of the broad foundational and philosophical commonalities between our programs, SSW graduates will receive advanced standing equivalent to one full year of study inthe three year Child and Youth Care program at Sault College.

*Individual maps may vary somewhat based onthecourse content and sequencing of specific diploma programs.These determinations will be made in consultation with the Program Coordinator at the time of application.

A Child and Youth Care Diploma will complement your SSW training by providing you the specialized skills and credentials to work effectively with children, adolescents and families in a variety of circumstances. You will be trained in youth and family oriented applications of counselling, group dynamics and developmental processes that are central to Child and Youth Care. As a dual Diploma graduate you will be more diverse in your skill sets and better qualified to seek employment in a broad range of settings.

Entrance Requirements

  • SSW Diploma from an Accredited College
  • CPIC and Health Documentation (as per College/Program requirements)
  • Academic advisement interview with CYC Program Coordinator or Designate

Program Duration for SSW/SSWN Diploma Graduates

The duration of the advanced standing option for SSW graduates is four semesters with a September start.

Registration Notes

Following the academic advisement interview you can apply to Semester One through the OCAS process. Once accepted, you will be manually enrolled in your required courses. Further information can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar and the Financial Aid office.

 

This opportunity is specific to persons with an SSW or SSWN diploma. Applicants who wish to transfer from SSW/SSWN to CYC prior to completion will continue to access and transfer credit according to the established format. All program offerings are subject to sufficient enrolment. Published information is subject to change without notice.

5. Placement Completion Option For CYC Transfer Students

If you have finalized all academic requirements for a CYC advanced diploma from another Ontario college, but wish to complete your placement requirements through a unique northern experience, we offer a September to April option that is equivalent to four levels of community practicum. Once you have successfully completedyour two block placement experiences and their accompanying seminar courses, you will be eligible to graduate with a CYC Diploma from Sault College. Most significantly, your professional qualifications will be enriched and supported by a real experience of relational practice in a northern context.

The courses required for this option are as follows:

Fall

CYC306-21 Community Practicum V: Block 1 - and - CYC301-3 Seminar 111

Winter

CYC355-22 Community Practicum V1: Block 11 - and - CYC351-3 Seminar 1V

Registration Notes

Following the academic advisement interview with the program coordinator or designate, you will apply to the Sault College CYC through OCAS. Once accepted, you will then be manually streamed to the correct semester and enrolled in your required courses. Further information can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar and/or the program Coordinator.

 

This opportunity is specific to persons who have successfully completed all academic requirements for graduation from a three year CYC Diploma program at another Ontario College, with the exception of their field placement requirements. If you do not meet the stated criteria, the credit transfer process may be limited to a course to course basis. This stream of study is subject to sufficient enrolment and departmental approval. Published information is subject to change without notice.

Clinical Field Place

Placement Eligibility Requirements:

All students are required to submit documentation of completion of placement eligibility procedures prior to entering field placement. If the appropriate documentation is not received by the CYC program deadline of mid-November in the first semester, you will not be eligible for fieldwork in the following semester. To be eligible for fieldwork and in accordance with the requirements of our community partners who facilitate your learning opportunities, all students must complete the following:

A current (within one year) Police Records Search is required by students as they will be enrolled in a program during which they will have unsupervised access to vulnerable persons. For detailed information regarding the specifics and process, please refer to the `Police Records Search Procedure`. All costs associated to these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Immunization & Health Record Form:

This form includes the following immunization requirements:

- Immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella

- Current tetanus-diphtheria

The student must sign a Statement of Confidentiality Form.

Current Certification in CPR (Level C) and First Aid, and WHIMS

We strongly recommend that applicants, for their own personal safety, receive the Hepatitis B vaccine and maintain a current influenza immunization. However, these are not requirements for entry into the program.

Career Path

Child and Youth Care practitioners work in treatment centres, group homes, schools, social agencies, hospitals, children`s aid societies, youth programs, recreational programs, youth justice facilities, and community development. Some choose self-employment. Sault College Child and Youth Care graduates are well-trained in their profession and have the skills needed to get hired (e.g. interview skills, resume-writing skills, job-search skills). They enter a competitive market and succeed.

Fees & Costs

Domestic International
Tuition Ancillary Tuition Ancillary
$2,648.20 $1,117.00 $14,838.60 $1,577.00

These fees are estimates for the 2021-2022 academic year (year 1 of study), for planning purposes only, and are subject to change. Approved fees are expected to be posted in April 2021.

Contact

For more information contact Program Coordinator Melanie Jones at 705.759.2554, ext?2548 or email: melanie.jones@saultcollege.ca.

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