Child and Youth Care Diploma

VIU International, Canada
Child and Youth Care Diploma
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 2,345,429
Course Accredited By NA
2 Years On Campus Undergraduate Diploma

Make a positive difference in the life of a child or youth who needs support. Prepare for a rewarding career working with children and families facing a variety of challenges, including abuse, neglect, addiction, or family breakdown. The Child and Youth Care (CYC) diploma is a hands-on full-time or part-time program that includes 350 hours of practicum experience.

After two years, students leave the program skilled in the dynamics of neglect and abuse, social service law, child development theory, and group practice. The option of completing the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care is also available.

The two-year Child and Youth Care diploma program prepares students to be skilled in working with individuals, their families and small groups across a variety of practice settings. General practice in these settings calls for individuals who are willing and able to work cooperatively with other community professionals, and in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings (schools, community, corrections facilities, residential settings). Aboriginal ways of knowing and cultural competency skills are highlighted throughout the curriculum.

The program is offered on a full-time as well as a part-time basis to accommodate practitioners working in the child and youth care field. Students who successfully complete the two-year program, including a practicum, will be eligible for VIU’s Diploma in Child and Youth Care. Admitted students have five years to complete the Diploma.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

  • Enrolment in the Child and Youth Care Diploma program at VIU is limited. Students who wish to take individual courses without being admitted to the program may do so where space is available and when prerequisites have been completed. Students who take courses in Child and Youth Care without being formally admitted into the program are not guaranteed entry into the program. Students are encouraged to explore the program with a VIU Advisor before pursuing application.
  • Enrolment is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.
  • To be eligible for admission at first year to the VIU Diploma program, students must have completed Grade 12 (or have mature student status), with a minimum of “C” in English 12 or equivalent.
  • To be eligible for admission at second year to the VIU Diploma program, students must have completed 30 university credits including completion of the Degree English Requirement and 6 credits of Human Development (normally CYC 111/112), and the following Child and Youth Care Courses (or equivalent of) CYC 100, 101, 152, and 165 or students must have a completed a recognized Human Services Certificate program (granted 30 credits maximum) that includes the English and Human Development and CYC courses or equivalency requirements as stated above.
  • The overall GPA of students will be a minimum of 2.33 (“C ”), calculated on the most recent 24 credits completed, and with a minimum “C ” in each of the individual courses previously identified for meeting admission requirements.

To apply to the program, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions/programs attended.
  • Education/work résumé.
  • A 300-word statement which focuses on what is important to the applicant about working with children, youth and/or families.
  • Two completed reference forms.

Year 1

  • Child Development
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills in a Therapeutic Context
  • Introduction to Professional Child and Youth Care Practice
  • University Writing and Research
  • Literature and Culture
  • Introductions to Group Work in Child & Youth Care Practice
  • Theoretical Foundations in Child and Youth Care
  • Adolescent Development

Year 2

  • An Introduction to Family Development and Support
  • Introduction to Activity Based Child and Youth Care Practice
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Concerns
  • Supervised Practicum
  • Fundamental Counselling Skills
  • Relational Youth Work
  • Diverse Abilities in Child and Youth Care
  • Trauma and Resiliency Across the Lifespan


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