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O que eu aprenderei?

This is a new and unique five-semester advanced diploma program. Child and youth care practitioners offer life-changing support to vulnerable children and youth. Prepare for a rewarding career helping young people by engaging with them in their everyday lives, building on their strengths, and empowering them to make positive changes. As a child and youth care practitioner, you have the opportunity to help youth find their own voice and make a profound difference in their lives.

Find your career

Child and youth care practitioners work front-line with children, youth and their families as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Settings include:

  • School-based programs
  • Child welfare and protection
  • Group homes and residential treatment facilities
  • Community mental health and children’s mental health programs
  • Youth outreach centres
  • Community-based child and youth development programs
  • Home-based care and treatment
  • Parent education and family support
  • Hospital-based services
  • Youth justice programs
  • Private practice

Our grads get great jobs

  • Child and Youth Worker, Quinte Children’s Homes
  • Child and Youth Worker, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Child Care Therapist, Bayfield Treatment Centres
  • Classified Youth Services Officer, Brookside Youth Centre
  • Case Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Child and Youth Worker, Treatment Foster Care Program
  • Learners will complete a final block placement following their four academic semesters. Learners who are offered full-time employment in the field prior to completing their placement can apply to “job out”, accepting paid employment in the field prior to graduation!

Is it for you?

Child and Youth Care Practitioners support people to live their best lives. To do this, they need:

  • Empathy and good people skills
  • The ability to be open minded, accepting and non-judgmental
  • A willingness to learn
  • A strong desire to help others

This program is delivered in five semesters, including a final block placement and is completed in an accelerated program structure, allowing students to graduate with an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in just two years!

Experiential learning

  • Participate in engaging and relevant learning experiences that prepare you for the child and youth care field. Develop the required knowledge, a rich skillset, and a strong sense of self through learning in both classroom and practicum settings.
  • Caring faculty guide learners in developing relational skills and a deep understanding of the wide variety of issues that young people face today.
  • Explore the impact of mental health issues, trauma and loss, abuse, violence and poverty on children, youth, and families and learn how to provide inclusive, non-judgmental support to young people from varied backgrounds.
  • Loyalist graduates are eligible for professional certification with the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care.
  • Experts from the field share their expertise about a variety of topics such as restorative practices, youth engagement, lived experience with mental health issues, trauma-informed practice, and supporting children, youth and families in various cultural communities.

De qual departamento farei parte?

Loyalist College in Toronto (Toronto Business College)

Opções de estudo

Período integral (5 semestres)

CAD$14.332,50 (R$ 56.945) por ano
Data de início

7 Setembro 2022


Loyalist College in Toronto (Toronto Business College)

376 Wallbridge-Loyalist road,


Ontario (ON),

K8N 5B9, Canada

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes internacionais

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent


  • Mature applicant

Language Requirements

TOEFL: (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 550 (paper-based test), 80 (iBT internet-based test with minimums of 20)

IELTS (International English Language Test Service) - 6.0 overall with no bands less than 6.0 (under SDS), 6.0 overall with one band at 5.5 (generic category) 6.5 overall with no bands less than 6.0, 7.0 overall with no bands less than 6.5

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) - Overall band of 60, writing 60

Cambridge English Exam - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

Pearson PTE Academic - Overall 54

International students should apply as early as possible in order to allow enough time to obtain student visas and study permits, which can take several months depending on their home country. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have enough time to apply for their study permit and/or student visa. As space in some programs may be limited, applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply to their desired intake. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.


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