Learning Resources

Accredited Degree and Diploma Granting Universities and Colleges in Alberta

Grant MacEwan University – Edmonton (On Campus).
Offers a four-year Bachelor’s Degree, with a two-year diploma exit program in Child and Youth Care.

Mount Royal University  – Calgary (On Campus).
Offers a four-year Bachelor of Child Studies degree program with two majors to choose from.

  • Child and Youth Care Counsellor
  • Early Learning and Child Care (This degree path does not meet the standards for certification)

Lethbridge College  –  Lethbridge (On Campus)
Offers a two-year diploma program in Child and Youth Care.

Lakeland College  – Vermillion (On Campus and Online)
Offers a two-year diploma program in Child and Youth Care.

Medicine Hat College  – Medicine Hat (On Campus)
Offers a two-year diploma program in Child and Youth Care.

Career options for Child and Youth Care Graduates

As a child and youth worker is that you deal with a number of situations, and learn skills that transfer to other social work professions. For example, an at-risk youth could be facing all sorts of issues from abuse, substance addiction, or even homelessness. Your experiences will prepare you for any number of career paths if you choose to move upwards or laterally.

A CYC Diploma/Degree can lead to work in:

  • School-Based Child and Youth Care
  • Child Protection
  • Youth Probation/corrections
  • Family Support Work
  • Child and Youth Mental Support Work
  • Community-based Youth and Family Work
  • Community Outreach
  • And a variety of other opportunities

Child and youth care program graduates find employment in a variety of settings such as:

  • treatment centres
  • group care
  • youth centres
  • mental health centres
  • family support programs
  • community-based programs
  • foster care
  • schools
  • government
  • hospitals
  • shelters

Watch The Many Faces of Child And Youth Work in Alberta video from Lethbridge College to learn more about this wonderfully diverse profession.

Watch Child And Youth Work in Canada video from 2013 outlining the career choices for Child and Youth Care Counsellors.

Watch the 2010 European Youth Conference on Youth Work video for Child and Youth Care Counsellors and how they are working together.

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