Seneca College

Child and Youth Worker

Program Information

School:Seneca College
Field of Study:Youth Services/Administration
Description:This three-year advanced diploma program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work with children, adolescents, and families experiencing a wide range of emotional, social, behavioural and/or mental health needs. Child and youth workers are specialists in facilitating change in children and youth and are expected to work with various professionals including educators, medical and social work professionals, correctional officers and family organizations dedicated to implementing a range of intervention, prevention and treatment strategies for children and their families. Child and youth workers are a valuable resource as they are committed to understanding and interacting in therapeutic relationships that foster positive change.

Occupational areas where you may find employment include educational environments (schools, school boards, special education classes, etc.), government agencies, community agencies including children and family agencies, residential and day treatment centres, group homes, hospitals, young offenders' programs, children's aid societies, etc.
URL:Child and Youth Worker at Seneca College
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,729
International: $13,199

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Program Eligibility: - Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older). If applicant is a mature student, he/she must have completed the required prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or have obtained appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits. - Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U) Note: - To be in compliance with our student placement partners all students in this program must complete a vulnerable sector police screening by the end of first year. It is recommended that students complete a Ministry approved certificate in crisis intervention and prevention (CPI, TCI, UMAB) prior to graduation.

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 50] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0]

International students whose first language is not English must fulfill an English Proficiency requirement in order to qualify for application. English Proficiency requirements are as follows for consideration: A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based with no test below 20) - TOEFL code 9212, OR Academic IELTS with an overall minimum score of 6.0 (with no single test score below 5.5), ORCAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 50

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 18, 2015