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Length of Study

Degree: 4 years
Diploma exit: 2 years

Study Options

• Full time (on campus)

Diploma exit:
• Full time (on campus)

Credential Granted

Diploma (exit option)


• Fall Term (September)

Diploma exit option:
• Fall Term (September)

Workplace Learning

Field Placement

Information Sessions

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Many children, youth and their families experience trauma, often through abuse, neglect, or a significant loss. They may also have stressors such as mental health, addiction, education, poverty, communication or family conflict. Child and youth care practitioners work relationally with individuals and families to help them gain new insights, supports and strategies to navigate the complexities of their lives and an ever-changing world.

The Child and Youth Care program provides you with the theoretical knowledge, and critical thinking and practical skills necessary to work effectively with children, youth and families in a wide range of practice settings. 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.

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.


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