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What will I learn?

All of our professors have been active in the field within the past five years. Their curriculum is cutting edge and provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation for your future career. You'll learn to develop and implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies based on a foundational understanding of human development, family systems and cultural diversity.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Develop and implement prevention, intervention and treatment strategies based on an understanding of human development, family systems and cultural diversity.
  • Guide at-risk youth through their daily challenges.
  • Teach social and life skills and support efforts to manage behaviour.
  • Facilitate personal growth and positive change in young people.

Hands-on experience

You'll complete four semesters of field practicum in two locations that may include youth justice, foster homes, shelters, residential treatment facilities and community outreach programs. Three days each week will be spent in the field, and the other two days will include a unique lab class and complementary course work, lending support to your field experience.

Career Opportunities

When you graduate from Sheridan’s Child and Youth Care program, you’ll be ready to begin a rewarding career in this field.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Community agencies
  • Facilities for young offenders
  • Group homes and foster homes
  • Homeless shelters
  • Schools
  • Social services

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice and respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity.
  • Assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change.
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact of the inter-relationship among family, social service, justice and community systems on children, youth and their families and use this information in the planning of holistic care and in the reduction of systemic barriers.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence-informed practices in the areas of therapeutic milieu and programming, and group work to promote resiliency and to enhance development in children, youth and their families.
  • Advocate for the rights of children, youth and their families and maintain an anti-oppression perspective and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the interprofessional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice.
  • Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner.
  • Use evidence-based research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,934.00 (US$ 13,263) per year
The fees shown here are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and are subject to change.
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Sheridan College (Ontario)

Davis Campus,

7899 McLaughlin Road,

BRAMPTON,

Ontario (ON),

L6Y 5H9, Canada

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,934.00 (US$ 13,263) per year
The fees shown here are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and are subject to change.
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,

OAKVILLE,

Ontario (ON),

L6H 2L1, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must hold Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U); OR Mature student status

English-language proficiency testing:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module: 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic): 58 - Overall Minimum Score (49L,W,S,R)

FCE (Cambridge English First): 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced): 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency): 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes): 70%

Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment): 4.0 – Listening Band, 4.0 – Reading Combined Band, CLB 7 – Writing

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