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Child and Youth Care First Nations Diploma

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

The Child and Youth Care First Nations program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work with individuals, their families and small groups across a variety of practice settings which provide support to First Nations children, youths and their families.

The program reflects the needs of First Nations peoples and is continually developing with involvement from the First Nations communities of the Cowichan area, as well as from the First Nations students who bring the teachings of their communities into the program.

The Child and Youth Care First Nations program is offered on a full-time basis. The core courses must be taken concurrently and are offered over a two-year period.

Students who successfully complete the two-year program, including 300 hours of practicum, will be eligible for VIU’s Diploma in Child and Youth Care. This program is referred to as a “ladder” program. Students exiting the program with a CYC diploma may choose to apply their earned credits toward a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree at Vancouver Island University, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Victoria or Douglas College.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with minimum “C” grade or equivalent.
  • Resume describing the applicant’s education and employment background.
  • Two completed reference forms. Blank forms will be mailed to applicant upon receipt of application.
  • An interview, following receipt of the above items.

Year 1

  • Child Development I
  • Child Development II
  • Practicum I: Preparation & Intro to CYC Professional Practice
  • Practicum II: Introduction to Professional CYC Practice
  • Fundamentals of Change
  • Elder Teachings in Child and Youth Care

Degree English Requirement

Year 2

  • Communicating with Children
  • Practicum III & Professional Foundations for Child and Youth Care
  • Practicum IV & Professional Foundations for Child and Youth Care
  • Introduction to Family Development and Support
  • Adolescence and Adolescent Issues
  • Elder Teachings in Child and Youth Care II
  • Abuse in the Family from a First Nations Practice Perspective
  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16
  •  Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 VIU
  •  Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20
  •  Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies 1,570.00 
  • Total 7,112.26

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