Child and Youth Care Program (Fast-track) (C143)

Child and Youth Care
School of Social and Community Services
St. James Campus
16 months (4 semesters)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
In the Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track) program, you will have an opportunity to learn the necessary skills to work effectively with at-risk youth who are experiencing developmental and behavioural difficulties. Apply to this program if you have already completed a diploma or degree.Successful graduates of this program will also earn Child & Youth Care Educational Accreditation (CYCEA).

Full Program Descriptions



In the Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track) program, you will have the opportunity to learn how to help at-risk children, youth and families by developing therapeutic skills and abilities. Over the course of four consecutive semesters, you will learn how to build therapeutic relationships with clients and collaborate with your team as you evolve and create a professional identity as an agent of change.

Scope of practice includes:

  • age specific focus (approx. 6-21 years old)
  • emotional-behavioural issues
  • mental health concerns including depression
  • developmental conditions such as Autism

The curriculum is supported by four distinct pillars:

1) resiliency

2) ecological perspective

3) anti-oppression and human rights framework

4) restorative practices

Have questions? Review our most frequently asked questions (and answers).

This program starts in January and is delivered over 16 consecutive months (four consecutive semesters).

Students are required to successfully complete a Ministry-approved crisis intervention training certificate in their first semester.

If students have not already completed a child development course (e.g. Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Development) as part of their previous post-secondary credential, they will be expected to do so at an additional cost prior to beginning their third semester.

Child and Youth Worker with a group of students

Your Field Study Options 

Students gain valuable hands-on experience through two supervised field placement opportunities. Each placement lasts four consecutive months and runs four days a week providing approximately 900 hours of field-related experience.

Field placement opportunities take place in agencies and institutions in the Greater Toronto Area including:

  • hospitals
  • group homes
  • school boards
  • youth shelters
  • community outreach programs

Students are expected to work both day and evening shifts (not overnight) and may be requested to work one weekend per month.

Note: Field placements are unpaid positions.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 3: January - April

semester courses
Code Course Name
CYCS1047 Introduction to Field Placement
CYCS1048 Therapeutic Activities and Interventions
CYCS1049 Counselling Children and Youth
CYCS1050 Group Work with Adolescents
PSY2015 Adolescent Development – From Risk to Resilience
CYCS2023 Child Abuse and Neglect
LAW1002 Legislation and Social Issues

SEMESTER 4: May - August

semester courses
Code Course Name
CYCS2027 Integrative Seminar IV
CYCS2030 Field Practice IV (4 days/week)
CYCS2011 Assessments and Plans of Care
PSY2004 Human Sexuality

SEMESTER 5: September - December

semester courses
Code Course Name
BST2003 Crisis Prevention and Intervention
CYCS3012 Professional Issues I
CYCS3013 Professional Issues II
CYCS3016 Family Interventions
CYCS3017 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
CYCS2026 Child and Youth Work Methods II
CYCS1005 Therapeutic Foundations
PSY3002 Exceptional Children

SEMESTER 6: January - April

semester courses
Code Course Name
CYCS3008 Field Practice V (4 days/week)
CYCS3009 Integrative Seminar V
CYCS3014 Professional Issues III

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates find employment as workers in:

  • treatment centres
  • group homes
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • community-based treatment programs

Tuition and Fees


$3,336.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall of 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Completion of a 2-year or 3-year diploma, or a 3-year or 4-year bachelor's degree.
  • Completion of a course in Child (Lifespan) Development or Developmental Psychology is required for graduation. Applicants who do not have this course will be required to take GSSC1157 Developmental Psychology (Distance Education) through the Continuing Education department by the end of Year 1 of the program, at an additional cost to the student.

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions.  Please visit for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, before the end of the first semester at an additional cost to the student, and this check must be renewed annually.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

Apply To  

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Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Social & Community Services

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2185


Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Andrew Buntin, Child & Youth Care (Fast-Track) Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2316


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

We encourage you to sign up for an information session to learn more about this program, meet your professors and have your questions answered.

For a list of information session dates and times, visit

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.