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Advanced Diploma of Child and Youth Care
Advanced Diploma of Child and Youth Care

Advanced Diploma of Child and Youth Care

  • ID:SC010047
  • Level:3-Year Undergraduate Advanced Diploma
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • Application Fee:$100.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$17,897.16
  • LivingFee/Year:$11,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$580.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$175.00
  • Application Fee:$100.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$17,897.16
  • LivingFee/Year:$11,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$580.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$175.00

* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card,

Estimated Total/program:
Accept letter

Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12


Mature student status.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 - Writing

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Preparation for Application

  • Prospective students are advised to speak to employers in group homes, mental health settings, and the education system. Volunteer and/or part-time employment with children and youth is highly encouraged.

  • Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

  • Sheridan field practicum agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current acceptable record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field practicum prior to the start of the practicum and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field practicum opportunities.

Course Information

Sheridan’s Child and Youth Care program prepares you to work with young people who are experiencing significant life challenges.

Exceptional educators, innovative learning

All of our professors have been active in the field within the past five years. Their curriculum is cutting edge and provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation for your future career. You'll learn to develop and implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies based on a foundational understanding of human development, family systems and cultural diversity.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Develop and implement prevention, intervention and treatment strategies based on an understanding of human development, family systems and cultural diversity.

  • Guide at-risk youth through their daily challenges.

  • Teach social and life skills and support efforts to manage behaviour.

  • Facilitate personal growth and positive change in young people.

Hands-on experience

You'll complete four semesters of field practicum in two locations that may include youth justice, foster homes, shelters, residential treatment facilities and community outreach programs. Three days each week will be spent in the field, and the other two days will include a unique lab class and complementary course work, lending support to your field experience.

Additional information

The Child and Youth Care program promotes a strength-based approach to practice that focuses on encouraging a child’s strengths in overcoming their struggles. The curriculum is cutting edge and focused on the current resources and situations faced by youth and child care workers in Canada.

You'll learn through:

  • Hands-on experiential activities.

  • Collaborative group assignments that develop problem-solving skills.

  • Presentations by guest speakers and agencies.

  • Role-playing activities.

  • Class discussions and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice and respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity.

  • Assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change.

  • Analyze and evaluate the impact of the inter-relationship among family, social service, justice and community systems on children, youth and their families and use this information in the planning of holistic care and in the reduction of systemic barriers.

  • Plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence-informed practices in the areas of therapeutic milieu and programming, and group work to promote resiliency and to enhance development in children, youth and their families.

  • Advocate for the rights of children, youth and their families and maintain an anti-oppression perspective and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts.

  • Apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the interprofessional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice.

  • Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner.

  • Use evidence-based research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.

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Semester 1

  • CSRV 10025, Introduction to Practice and Communication, 3

  • CSRV 13431, Fundamentals of Teams and Small Groups, 3

  • CSRV 17900, Child and Youth Care Foundations, 3

  • CSRV 10004, Child and Youth Development, 3

  • PSYC 15065G, Psychology Core Concepts, 3

  • COMM 19999, Essential Communication Skills, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 2

  • CSRV 29798, Child and Youth Care Practice and Evaluation, 3

  • CSRV 20229, Groups Facilitation in Child and Youth Care, 3

  • CSRV 17721, Child and Youth Mental Health Issues, 3

  • FLPL 17198, CYC Field Placement Preparation Lab and Seminar, 3

  • CSRV15892, CSRV15892 Anti-Oppression and Equity in Child and Youth Care Relational Practice, 3

  • , General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 3

  • FLPL 17721, Field Practicum 1 (273 hours), 9

  • FLPL 13796, Professional Practice Issues 1, 3

  • CSRV 24998, Child and Youth Care Interventions, 3

  • CSRV 20123, Creative Therapeutic Programming, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 4

  • FLPL 26206, Field Practicum 2 (294 hours), 9

  • FLPL 29402, Professional Practice Issues 2, 3

  • CSRV23921, Working With Families, 3

  • , General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 5

  • FLPL 39599, Field Practicum 3 (294 hours), 9

  • FLPL 30065, Professional Practice Issues 3, 3

  • CSRV 30146, Working with Trauma and Abuse, 3

  • , General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 6

  • FLPL 48634, Field Practicum 4 (294 hours), 9

  • FLPL 40049, Professional Practice Issues 4, 3

  • CSRV 44444, Advanced Issues in Child and Youth Care, 3

  • CSRV47370, Advanced CYC Counselling & Relational Practice Skills, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you graduate from Sheridan’s Child and Youth Care program, you’ll be ready to begin a rewarding career in this field.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Community agencies

  • Facilities for young offenders

  • Group homes and foster homes

  • Homeless shelters

  • Schools

  • Social services

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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