Lakeland College

Child and Youth Care

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Program Information

School:Lakeland College
Faculty:Human Services
Field of Study:Youth Services/Administration
Description:Learn how to support at risk youth and children to make positive life changes. Lakeland's CYC program teaches you to work with young people and their families. Your knowledge and skills will include: human development and strategies needed to support life transitions; observing, reporting and assessing skills in case management situations; building therapeutic relationships; supporting family interventions; recognizing symptoms of abuse & addiction; working with children and youth in diverse settings; help children and youth who have behavioural or learning difficulties; building resiliency; encouraging positive choices; and focus on strength base as a positive framework.

Lakeland provides real world learning with 4 practicum placements in your 2 year program. During each practicum you'll work at an agency 5 days a week for 4 weeks. Experience a different culture and perspective with our international practicum option. To date our students have gone to Australia (2010), Dominican Republic (2012) and Hawaii (2014) and 2016. Hawaii is also the destination in 2018. One of your courses will also give you the opportunity to explore animal assisted therapy - the only course in Canada with this option.
URL:Child and Youth Care at Lakeland College
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,172

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes the cost of books, supplies, and field trips.

Admission Requirements


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

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have a high school diploma with at least: 65% in English 30-1 or 80% in English 30-2. Out-of-province students or students who do not meet the admission requirements should refer to special admissions. Please visit the website for complete program requirements.

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 80]

Lakeland College classes are taught in English, so you'll need adequate written and oral English skills to be admitted to one of our programs regardless of your citizenship status or country of origin. If English is your second language, you must show English proficiency through one of the following: 1. Meeting program admission requirements, 2. Admission by special status, or 3. An acceptable score on one of: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum of 86 on the iBT exam and a minimum score of 21 in each of the four tested areas. If your program requires spoken language proficiency you will need a minimum of 26 points in the speaking component; IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 on each band score; CAEL (Canadian Assessment of English Language) - minimum score of 60 overall with at least 60 on each band score; MELAB (Michigan English Assessment Battery) - minimum score of 80 with no component less than 76. Must include the speaking test.

* 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 31, 2017