Future undergraduate students

UVic student Jana Schultz
Student Jana Schultz, who is also a child protection worker, says the knowledge she is getting from her degree has really complemented her practice.

We offer a program of academic study and fieldwork practice leading to a Bachelor in Child and Youth Care (BCYC) degree on campus or by distance.

Child and youth care practitioners attend to the social, physical, cultural, spiritual and emotional needs of children, youth and families. They work directly in a wide variety of practice settings.

As a student, you will participate in a learning community that places a high value on collaborative learning, mutual respect and accountability. You will have a chance to learn about research, direct practice, program design, advocacy, and policy and community development. Your education will take you into the community through practicum placements where you'll have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of children, youth and families to further develop your skills and apply your knowledge.

Learn about program requirements, specializations, practicum and admission.

Choose to complete your program on campus or in your home through distance learning. Our entire degree program is available through distance with the exception of one 10-day on-campus seminar course in your 4th year. Most of our core program is available through both face-to-face and distance delivery.  Our specialization courses are typically available through distance delivery only while core courses may be merged with distance courses to create distance or blended classrooms.

Our blended model of course delivery combines the face-to-face on-campus classroom with the distance classroom. Blended learning opens the conversation between distance and campus-based learners creating opportunities for shared learning. NOTE: Some courses may be offered in distance format only. This may have funding implications for some students.

Practicum offers a unique opportunity for you to integrate theory with practice in a professional child and youth care setting. Our practicum courses will give you an exciting "hands-on" experience to enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge of children and youth.

Our students undertake practicum placements in a variety of settings:

  • child protection/welfare agencies
  • schools (i.e. preschools, elementary, secondary, alternate, art-based, etc.)
  • organizations addressing youth and family homelessness and poverty
  • immigration and refugee services (e.g. Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society)
  • programs for children and youth with disabilities
  • recreation and leadership centres
  • nature-based agencies (e.g. Power-to-be)
  • foster care, guardianship, and adoption support programs
  • youth justice agencies
  • residential care and group homes
  • child and youth mental health centers
  • substance misuse and harm reduction agencies
  • children who witness violence programs
  • grief and loss programs
  • sexual assault support centres
  • brain injury and rehabilitation programs
  • child care and early learning centres
  • therapeutic settings (e.g. Mary’s therapeutic farm)

Certificates or diplomas in early childhood education, youth justice, family studies, social work, child and youth worker programs or a number of human service and/or social science programs may be eligible for block credit into the BCYC program.

The school also recognizes that we learn from doing. If you're an experienced practitioner returning to school you may be eligible for our prior learning assessment through course challenge and experience review (CYC 310A).  

Connect the Dots with the School of Child and Youth Care. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff enjoy pizza, conversations and door prizes. Thanks to the CYC student society for this great event!

Our undergraduate student society provides a focus to CYC student life. Join our community as a participant or become a student representative. The CYC Undergraduate Student Society includes leadership roles for students representing key constituencies (e.g. distance learners, Indigenous learners) and organizes regular community-building events and skill-building opportunities (e.g., resumes, first aid, bystander). As a student representative, you could advocate for the needs and interests of on- and off-campus students through regularly scheduled meetings with the School Director. This is your opportunity to practice what you’re learning and gain valuable relationships across the program.