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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

Degree programs offered

This program is under renewal and not currently accepting applications.

In our MA program, you’ll develop an understanding of issues related to children and youth. Your learning will be informed by multi-disciplinary theory and practice-based instruction.

You’ll gain expertise through coursework and practical experience tailored to your goals. Your final project will be a research thesis or a culminating project. Graduates who have taken specific courses can work toward registration with the BC Clinical Counsellors Association to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).

This program is under renewal and not currently accepting applications.

Our PhD program will prepare you for a position in higher education. You’ll gain the skills to be a leader at the provincial, national or international level. This program will give you the power to influence teaching, policy, program development and more. You’ll craft a doctoral dissertation that will show your expertise in a focus of child and youth care.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 3 years Yes No
PhD 5 years Yes No
Graduate diploma 1-2 years No Yes

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

Find a supervisor

Please note in your application which potential supervisors' research interests align with yours. You do not need to have one to apply.

Alison Gerlach

Graduate Advisor, Assistant Professor

Doris Kakuru

Acting Director, Associate Professor

Doug Magnuson

Professor how professionals think about and use data in their practice, qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating and interpreting practice; youth transition conferencing; street-involved youth; child welfare

Jennifer H. White

Professor Youth suicide prevention; ethics; discourses of professionalism; constructionist methodologies; collaborative research; narrative practices; professional development; praxis-oriented pedagogy

Jessica Ball

Professor Cultural ecologies of child development, Indigenous children and families, early childhood care and development, father involvement, community-based research partnerships

Jin-Sun Yoon

Teaching Professor Intersectional diversity training, cultural identity development, racialized settler/Indigenous relations

Mandeep Kaur Mucina

Assistant Professor Family violence, gender-based violence, understanding the role of trauma in migration, and exploring second-generation immigrant youth’s stories of resistance, identity, and encounters with racism in the diaspora, all from a feminist anti-racist, anti-colonial lens

Samantha Corrington

Assistant Teaching Professor

Sandrina de Finney

Professor Processes of racialization and youth identities, Aboriginal, ethnic minority and immigrant youth, youth participation in practice and research, community development and community-based practice

Shanne McCaffrey

Associate Teaching Professor Interests include: Land and Water based learning, teaching, and interconnectedness, Child Welfare, colonialism as a shared experience, environmental nurturing, preservation and activism, and sharing the land with non-human relatives.

Valerie Kuehne

Professor and Vice-President Academic and Provost Intergenerational caregiving, child development & human development through the life course, multidisciplinary practice with children and families

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by January 15.

Note: We accept MA students annually, but PhD students only in odd-numbered years.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-472-4857.

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