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Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST)

4 years

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Program highlights

Work placement opportunity

Gain practical experience — opportunities like fieldwork, practicums and capstone courses will allow you to put theory into practice and gain the valuable skills that will support you in your career.

Get certified ― gain foundational knowledge in preparation to meet professional certification requirements.

Participate in research — learn how you can participate in independent and applied research, or work alongside faculty on research projects.

Get involved — join the Bachelor of Child Studies Society to gain support and establish a sense of community.


Help in the healthy development of vulnerable children, youth and families through trauma-informed practice. Effective child and youth care counsellors are emotionally mature, ethically strong and can make a tremendous impact on the lives of others. Employment opportunities include school programs, group homes, treatment and mental health centres, and community programs. The children, youth and families you will work with may have suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and/or family breakdown. Some may also have behavioural or learning difficulties which require your knowledge, skill and support.

Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) Post-diploma Entrance Option

Students possessing a completed CYCC diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution, may apply through a competitive process directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Child Studies. Students accepted with a post-secondary diploma will normally receive transfer credit for up to 60 credits (20 courses) towards the Bachelor of Child Studies.

Career possibilities

  • Child and youth care counsellor
  • Youth justice worker
  • Family and behavioural support worker

  • Inclusion/educational support worker
  • School-based child and youth care
  • Team leader/supervisor

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


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Mount Royal is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Child Studies degree, including majors in Child and Youth Care Counsellor and Early Learning and Child Care.

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