Well-educated child and youth care professionals are in high demand, and many of our graduates find related employment within six months.

This degree prepares you as an advanced front-line child and youth care practitioner and for supervisory positions. If you choose the diploma exit option, you are prepared to move immediately into entry-level, front-line positions in the field.


Our graduates work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Youth worker
  • Family support worker
  • Child/youth care counsellor
  • Out-of-school care worker
  • Family-school liaison worker
  • Human service caseworker
  • Children’s Services caseworker

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

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Further study

Once you graduate, consider further study in your field with a MacEwan University degree. All courses in your program are credit courses and may help you finish a second credential in less time.

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All courses completed in this program are credit courses and may be transferable toward further study at post-secondary institutions in Alberta.