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Child and Youth Care - BA

Is it for you?

Transforming the lives of children and youth facing adversity requires knowledge of the specialized theories and techniques needed to advocate for their rights. You’ll learn to design and implement developmental, preventative and therapeutic programs and explore policy areas, research and advocacy options.

Small interactive classes, local and international internships, mentoring opportunities and an independent research project will prepare you to promote the participation of children and youth in society.

 Graduates are Eligible for:

  • Certification by the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

Program info

Faculty of Community Services

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year
Direct Entry to Third Year

Part time: Direct Entry to Third Year

Bachelor of Arts

Grade range: 
Low 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Mandatory internship placements

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,340 - $7,813
Out-of-province students: $8,402 - $9,101
International students: $35,063 - $36,374

Part-time format (one to eight or more courses)

Ontario students fees range: $987 - $5,485
Out-of-province students fees range: $1,107 - $6,442
International students fees range: $3,684 - $27,058

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st Semester


  • CYC 101 Intro to Child and Youth Care
  • PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology I
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology

Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester


Your future

Be equipped to change the lives of children and youth facing adversity in various settings and roles including:

  • Hospitals
  • Eating disorder clinics
  • Substance use programs
  • Outpatient services
  • Community centres
  • Educational/day treatment settings
  • School districts
  • Foster care
  • Children’s aid societies
  • Mental health centres
  • Government ministries and non-governmental organizations
  • Crisis worker
  • Research and evaluation
  • Residential counselling
  • Youth services 
  • Graduate studies in Child and Youth Care at TMU or related fields

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program-specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements Overview.

Three-year Child and Youth Worker or Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma from a public Ontario College with minimum 3.0/B/70% cumulative GPA. Subject to competition and space limitation, a higher grade point average may be required.

Note: Applicants with out-of-province two-year Child and Youth Work diplomas will be assessed for admission to the Direct Entry programs on an individual basis. Applicants with all other post-secondary academic credentials should apply to the four-year program. The four-year program admission requirements (or mature student guidelines) apply, including the English prerequisite requirement.

Student spotlight

Meet a child and youth care alumna

"I work with youth and adults, providing case management support related to harm reduction, immigration, legal, health, wellness, education and training. My degree helped me advance in my career, and I’ll soon begin a master's degree program, with the goal of occupying a leadership position in the future."

Izehi Ojehanon
Child and Youth Care, 2023

Read more: Mature student straddles work, education and dreams of taking up leadership as a Black woman

Izehi Ojehanon

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.