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Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree

This program provides degree-completion opportunities for students from a range of human service disciplines. The CYC program is tailored to part-time students and those already in the workforce, with core course offerings scheduled for afternoons and evenings. Students without a background in the human services field may apply to the program following successful completion of entrance requirements.

The BA in Child and Youth Care is designed to offer credit-based professional education to practitioners in human services agencies working with children, youth, and families. Most child and youth care workers are balancing agency, family, personal, and professional needs as they pursue training or upgrading in an increasingly demanding and complex field.

Child and youth care is an expanding field. It crosses a range of work settings and areas of practice, including residential/group home programs, regular and alternative school programs, day care and early childhood programs, child life/hospital-based programs, youth justice/ probation/young offender programs, special needs foster care, parent/counsellor resources, programs for people with mental disabilities, and early intervention and child development centres.

Workers, supervisors, managers, and trainers in these programs bring a diverse set of backgrounds and credentials to their positions. Increasingly, an undergraduate degree is sought by employers for the more desirable employment situations in most areas in the field. This has led to a growing number of practitioners in line supervision and management positions investing in professional education to complete this BA degree.

The breadth of the child and youth care field requires a primary curriculum focus on development and social competence as a context for therapeutic intervention.

The degree is awarded following successful completion of a minimum of 120 recognized credits. You may enter the program upon completion of related certificate and diploma programs, or one full year of university-level courses, providing they meet the program requirements. The 200-level CYC courses may be taken by students prior to acceptance into the degree program with permission of the department head if seats are available. The program of study includes core and elective courses.

Entrance requirements

1. Admission to the CYC program requires at least 30 credits of work as defined below:

a. 30 credits of university-level courses with a grade point average of at least 2.33 (C+), including six credits of first year English and/or Communications with a minimum combined grade point average on the six credits of C+ or better
b. A certificate in Early Childhood Education or other human service certificate program with a grade point average of at least 2.84 (B), including six credits of first year English and/or Communications with a minimum combined average on the six credits of C+ or better (see Note).

Note: Students who have completed an ECE or other human services certificate or diploma program with a 2.84 (B) average or higher may be given block credit for this training (up to 30 credits for a certificate and up to 60 credits for a two-year diploma).

2. An orientation and interview is normally required prior to admission to the program. Paid or volunteer experience with children or youth in a program setting is considered in the admissions decision.

It is strongly recommended that applicants for the program have a current first aid certificate and updated Rubella and TB clearance.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Child and Youth Care Studies program path.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only, beginning October 1st for the following year.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Letter of intent outlining past experience and career objectives.
• An official sealed transcript from every post-secondary institution you have attended, whether or not you have completed courses there (transcripts received in the original sealed envelope of the issuing institution are considered to be official).
• Resume.
• Two reference letters (one personal and one professional).

2. Students seeking application to the CYC degree program are required to attend an orientation. Once your application is complete, you will be informed of the orientation date and time.

3. You will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

Admission will be on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications received after the deadline of January 31st will be considered if space is available in the program. Complete applications will be evaluated according to the following categories, for a total of 100 points:

1.  Academic history/GPA (30 points)
2.  Work experience (20 points)
3.  Volunteer experience (20 points)
4.  Letters of reference and resume (15 points)
5. Letter of intent (10 points)
6.  Attendance at an orientation session (5 points)

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Distance courses

Students who wish to pursue the degree program more quickly than the offerings at UFV allow, may arrange to take B.C. University distance education courses on an individual basis. You must obtain permission in advance from the UFV departmend head.

Total transfer and course challenge credits may not exceed 90 credits; however, students pursuing a second degree are permitted to transfer a maximum of 50% of the CYC degree credits from their previous degree. All CYC degree requirements must be met. Not more than 18 upper-level (300 and 400 course numbers) credits will count toward the upper-level requirements for the degree.


All degree candidates must complete and submit the Request to Graduate form to the Office of the Registrar by April 1.

All program requirements must be completed by April 30. This includes any transfer credits from other institutions. Students who enrol in the Summer semester to complete their program will qualify for the following year’s graduation.

Standing required for continuance

In order to graduate from the BA in CYC, a C+ or higher is required in the following:

• All CYC core courses
• ENGL/CMNS requirements (the average grade of two courses)
• Developmental psychology requirement.

Students will be required to maintain a cumulative grade point average and semester grade average of C+ (GPA 2.33) or higher. Students who fail to meet the required semester and/or cumulative GPA will be placed on academic warning. Students will be expected to repeat any course from the categories listed above if they received lower than a C+ grade. If a student fails to meet the GPA requirements after being placed on academic warning, they may be withdrawn from the program.

Students receiving academic warning for low grades or unacceptable student behaviour, will not normally be permitted to participate in the practicum component of the program or continue in the program until the unacceptable grades or behaviours are rectified.

Regulations concerning practica

The department head reserves the right to approve any agency or institution that provides placements for student practica, and to change any placement assigned to a student. Students are placed in practicum settings in accordance with their professional background and current learning needs. You have the right to be informed in writing of the reasons for any change in placement. You may be required to withdraw from a practicum course if none of the available practicum agencies will accept you.

A criminal record check is required prior to practicum placement. This is the responsibility of the student.

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from practicum sites.

A special note about practica: Field experience is an integral part of the CYC degree. Students will complete two, 300-hour practica while in the program. There are a variety of excellent practicum sites in the Fraser Valley and throughout the Lower Mainland available to our students. The CYC faculty have links to many agencies and organizations in the child and youth care field. Different sites have different requirements regarding schedules and the amount of time a student will need to spend there, in order to provide the best learning and experience. If you are currently working in a regular position, be prepared to adjust your schedule to meet the demands of practica where 10 hours or approximately two days per week are expected (over a two-semester period). Some students save up vacation time; others have taken a leave to complete the required field experience hours.

Program requirements

Completion of at least 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.33. At least 42 of these credits must be upper-level (300-400).

Program outline

First year

Course Title Credits
CMNS 155 Introduction to Workplace and Academic Communication (see Note 1) 3
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing
(see Note 1)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology I
(see Note 2)
PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II
(see Note 2)
CYC 101 Introduction to Child and Youth Care 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Total   30

Note 1: CMNS courses can be replaced with first-year and second-year university-level English.

Note 2: PSYC 101 and 102 are prerequisites to PSYC 250.

Second year

Course Title Credits
CYC 202 Aboriginal Perspectives of CYC Practice 3
CYC 210 Professional Practice in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 220 Theoretical Foundations for Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 267 Introduction to Working with Individuals in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 268 Introduction to Working with Groups and Families in Child and Youth Care 3
PSYC 250 Introduction to Developmental Psychology 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Total   30

Third year

Note: Students may not register for 300-level core CYC courses until they have completed all 200-level core CYC courses and are admitted to the program.

Course Title Credits
CYC 302 Child and Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Substance Misuse 3
CYC 310 A/B Supervised Practicum 6
CYC 320 Administration in CYC Practice 3
CYC 321 Critical Issues in Current CYC Practice 3
CYC 340 Developmental Theory in CYC Practice 3
CYC 341 Applying Developmental Theory in CYC Practice 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Total   30

Fourth year

Note: Students may not register in any 400-level core CYC courses, except 423 and 425, until they have completed all CYC 200- and 300-level core courses.

Course Title Credits
CYC 402 Community and Interdisciplinary Relationships 3
CYC 410A/B Advanced Supervised Practicum 6
CYC 423 Research Methods in CYC 3
CYC 425 Data Analysis in CYC 3
CYC 467 Advanced Skills with Individuals in CYC 3
CYC 468 Advanced Skills with Groups in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 469 Advanced Skills with Families in CYC 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Elective Approved by department 3
Total   30

Electives must be university level. CYC-sponsored electives may also be offered under courses CYC 260, 360 and 460. To confirm elective transferability, contact the Child, Youth, and Family Studies department head.

Child Protection specialization

For program information on the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care — Child Protection specialization, please see this section.

Child Life stream

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care who are interested in meeting the eligibility requirements for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination should contact the Child, Youth, and Family Studies department head. Please see childlife.org for more details about CCLS requirements.

Certificate in Extended Studies in Child and Youth Care

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care can be recognized for additional work to meet the Child Protection Specialization. Please see this section for more details.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.