Specialization planning

SCYC offers a number of specializations. We make every effort to offer required specialization courses every other year on a predictable schedule. Please note:

  • The term each course is offered within the academic year may vary.
  • Remember that all courses are subject to enrolment.
  • This schedule is offered as a planning aid but we are unable to guarantee course availability.

Early Years Specialization

SCYC will be offering two of the four required Early Years Specialization courses annually. The anticipated sequence is as follows:

Academic years beginning with even numbers (eg. 2016-17):

  • CYC 381 Leadership, Advocacy and Policy for the Early Years
  • CYC 481 Assessment and Evaluation with Young Children and Families

Academic years beginning with odd numbers (eg. 2017-18):

  • CYC 380 Practices for Young Children and Families: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • CYC 480 Advanced Applied Capacity Building for the Early Years

NOTE: Students wishing to receive level one early years certification must complete CYC 280: Creating Programs and Environments for Young Children and fulfill a required number of practicum hours offered in CYC 210, CYC 310 and CYC 410 in a licensed early years setting, the four Early Years specialization courses, CYC 380, 381, 480, and 481 as well as meeting all requirements in the CYC undergraduate program. For details, see early childhood education certification  located on the Early Years specialization page.


Indigenous Stream

This stream is open to all Child and Youth Care program students. The following courses must be completed to meet the requirements for the Indigenous stream:

  • CYC 230 (1.5) Introduction to CYC Practice in Indigenous Contexts - Offered each September term
  • CYC 330 (1.5) Applied Practice in Indigenous Contexts - CYC 230 is a prerequisite; offered each January term
  • CYC 430 (1.5) Research Practice in Indigenous Contexts - CYC 423 is a prerequisite; offered each January term

Child Protection Stream

This Child Protection stream is open to all Child and Youth Care program students. To complete the Child Protection requirements, students must complete a 400 hour practicum in a 12 week term in a government child protection office or a child welfare designated agency and successfully complete core CYC courses with a 65% or better.