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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.


Make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families who have been made vulnerable by systems and institutions. Learn the skills of counselling and advocacy in working with children and youth from ages eight to 18. Gain knowledge and experience in areas such as relational practice, child and adolescent development, mental health, and assessment and intervention strategies.

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 specialist
  • School-based child and youth care
  • Team leader/supervisor

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by an admissions and recruitment specialist.

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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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