Frequently asked questions about the Child and Youth Care Program

Who is suited for the Child Youth Care program?

People best suited for Child an Youth Care are those who possess physical and psychological health to work in stressful, high energy, and challenging situations. They are compassionate and eager to make a difference in the lives of children, families and the community. They want to learn about and assist those who face challenges involving addictions, mental health, abuse, trauma and learning exceptionalities. They have strong verbal and written communication skills.

Am I responsible for finding my own field placement?

No, all students are matched with a field placement by the field placement coordinator. Matches are made based on a student’s strengths and challenges, and community needs.

Where will I complete my field placement?

All second-year students are placed in a school/educational setting. Third-year students are provided a community placement that may include residential care facilities, mental health treatment centres, shelters, therapeutic foster care environments, community-based/resource centres, educational settings and youth justice services.

Is there a strong emphasis on communication skills?

Yes, the program and field require a student to be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Students take two English courses in the first year of the program and a Research Writing Skills course in the third year of the program, to strengthen their abilities in this area. There is a strong emphasis on writing skills throughout all courses in the program.

Is volunteer work required for admission in to the program?

No, applicants do not need to have volunteer experience to be accepted into the program. However, having some experience working with children and youth is beneficial to help the applicant determine if they enjoy working with young people.

What support is there for me to be successful?

The Child and Youth Care faculty are very committed to student success. The Faculty provide first year students with orientation activities and information in their first few weeks at College. Each first year student has an academic advisor to help them make academic decisions and assist them in finding the resources they may require at the College. The faculty are very approachable and available for extra help as required.

Where will I be able to get a job upon graduation?

Graduates are employed as frontline professionals in residential care facilities, mental health treatment centres, shelters, educational settings, therapeutic foster care environments, community-based services/resource centres and youth justice services.

Who is eligible for Direct Entry?

Students who hold a university degree in the Social Sciences or a two-year diploma in a Human Services program, and have 160 hours of documented work or volunteer experience with children and youth in a recognized community agency may apply directly to the second year of the program.

How do I apply for Direct Entry?

Students who believe they meet the above criteria need to apply for level 03 of the Child and Youth Care program at www.ontariocolleges.ca . Upon receipt of your application, the Algonquin College Registrar’s office will request that you provide documentation of your degree/diploma and 160 hours of work/volunteer experience. Once this documentation is received an assessment will be made as to your eligibility for direct entry into the second year of the program. We do not determine eligibility prior to an application process being started.

Will I need to purchase a mobile computing device for this program?

As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at: http://www7.algonquincollege.com/byod/