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Child and Youth Care

The School of Child and Youth Care researches practices that support the well-being of children, youth, families and communities. Our community- and social justice-based approach embraces diverse perspectives and life experiences.

You’ll gain a practice-based understanding of issues related to child and youth care. Our programs offer a range of conceptual perspective to expand your personal practices.

Our graduates work in a range of settings, including:

  • mental health services
  • child welfare
  • early years programs
  • post-secondary institutions
  • private practices
  • provincial, national and international governmental agencies
  • non-governmental agencies

Note: the PhD program is undergoing a renewal and not currently accepting applications.

Degree programs offered

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 3 years Yes No
PhD 5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
On-campus, Other: Flexible
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • child and youth care
  • social pedagogy
  • education
  • psychology
  • health
  • criminology
  • Indigenous studies
  • anthropology
  • women’s studies
  • political theory
  • sociology

Need help?

Contact Caroline Green at or 250-472-4857.

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