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Many young people experience neglect, abuse, emotional distress and/or family breakdowns. Through mentorship, role-modeling and positive reinforcement, the child and youth care worker can help young people and their families overcome these emotional and behavioural problems. Accepting children and youth as they are and not how we wish them to be, and understanding the difference between being a rescuer and a caring professional are key attributes of the child and youth care worker.
Build Relationships that Change Lives
The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care program provides you with the foundational skills required to work in a professional environment with high-risk youth and families. Specialized child and youth care courses and courses in disciplines such as the humanities and social sciences prepare you to become a well-rounded child and youth care professional, ready to offer guidance, support, concern and encouragement to troubled children, youth and their families.
Already Have a Child and Youth Care Diploma?
MacEwan University may be able to transfer portions of a diploma from another post-secondary institution, helping you complete your degree faster than you think!
Degree or Diploma – Your Choice
Students entering the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care program can choose to complete the four-year degree or a two-year diploma.
Volunteer Hours for Program Admission
Before you are accepted into the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care program you must complete 40 hours of relevant volunteer or work experience with children/youth, preferably ages 8 to 18. If you would like more information on suitable volunteer opportunities, please contact us.