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 and budget availability.
  • This schedule is offered as a planning aid but we are unable to guarantee course availability.

Early Years Courses and specialization requirements

This stream is open to all Child and Youth Care program students. CYC 382 and CYC 482 are required for the Early Years Specialization and will be offered ever second year:

  • CYC 382:  Early Years Program Approaches – offered Fall (September) 2021 and every other September ending in an odd number (2021, 2023, 2025...);*
  • CYC 481:  Assessment and Evaluation in Contemporary Early Years Settings – last offering will be Spring  (January) 2022 (available for elective credit and required for students admitted pre-September 2019, for  ECE certification);
  • CYC 482:  Leadership, Advocacy & Program Planning in the Early Years – Spring (January) 2022 and every other January ending in an even number (2022, 2024, 2026...).

* 382 is a prerequisite for 482

Early Childhood Education (ECE) certification

As of September 2020 admissions, the SCYC will no longer be offering a path to level one ECE certification with the BC Early Childhood Education Registry. Students admitted September 2019 or earlier who have not yet taken any Early Years courses and are interested in level one ECE certification should contact to confirm interest no later than October 1st 2020. Current students who have taken Early Years Specialization courses will be contacted by our advisor with further information.

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:

  • Complete all of the following
    • Complete all of:
      • CYC330 - Applied Practice in Indigenous Contexts (1.5)  - January 2022
      • CYC430 - Research Practice in Indigenous Contexts (1.5) – January 2022
      • CYC355 - All My Relations Practice with Indigenous Families (1.5) – September 2021
    • Complete  1 of:
      • CYC410 - Advanced Supervised Practicum (4.5) – in an Indigenous setting
      • CYC411 - Advanced Supervised Block Practicum (4.5) – in an Indigenous setting.
    • CYC 390 is recommended, may be taken twice in different topics and may be supported through an Indigenous Circle.


  • Indigenous Specialization courses replace core courses CYC 356, CYC 370, and CYC 423.
  • Indigenous Specialization students can take CYC 356, CYC 370, and CYC 423 as electives.
  • Students in more than one specialization stream need to complete the requirements of each stream.

Child Protection Stream

This Child Protection stream is open to all Child and Youth Care program students.  Required courses are outlined below.

Complete all of:

  • CYC350 - Applying CYC Practice in Child Welfare Contexts (1.5)
  • CYC411 - Advanced Supervised Block Practicum (4.5)*

* 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.