Our Profession

CYC Education and Training

Child and Youth Care Practitioners are graduates of a College or University Child and Youth Care program. Once a person has successfully completed their education in this field, they are eligible for Full Certification with the OACYC. This certification identifies the member’s commitment to a higher standard of practice and accountability to those they are working with.

  • Most have a college diploma (Child and Youth Worker, or prior to 1987, Child Care Worker diploma), with about 1500 hours of field work.
  • Some have related diplomas (Corrections, Early Childhood, Behavioral Science, Social Services, etc.) or degrees with CYC experience.
  • Many have degrees in Child and Youth Care (Ryerson University, University of Victoria, Humber College) or a CCW/CYW diploma with a degree in related fields (psychology, sociology, social work, family studies, etc.).
  • Some have advanced degrees in such studies as education, criminology, psychology, social work, child and youth administration, etc.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities sets the Child and Youth Care Program Standards. To find out more information about CYC College and University Programs in the Province of Ontario, please contact the following schools: 

Algonquin College:
613-727-4723 ext. 5170 
Ottawa, ON

Vicki Grisim

Cambrian College:
705-566-8101 ext. 6362
Sudbury, ON

Maureen Keaney O'Brien

Centennial College:
416-289-5000 ext. 2389
Toronto, ON

Jodie Adams

Confederation College:
Thunder Bay, ON

Michelle Kostick

Durham College:
905-721-2000 ext. 2870 
Oshawa, ON

Chris Harris

Fanshawe College:
519-452-4430 ext. 4921

London Campus: Julie Cross

519-421-0144 ext. 228 Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus: Peggy Humphries
519-633-2030 ext. 245 St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus
Ursula Goniarski

Fleming College:
705-749-5530 ext. 1872
Peterborough, ON

Heather Sago

George Brown College:
Toronto, ON

Andrew Buntin - ext. 2316
Cristine Yhap - ext. 3703 cyhap1@georgebrown.ca

Georgian College:
705-325-2740 ext. 3048
Orillia, ON

Dr. Howard Bloom

Humber College:
416-675-6622 ext. 79270
Toronto, ON

Brenda Webb

Lambton College:
519-542-7751 ext. 3381 
Sarnia, ON

Richard Teskey

Loyalist College:
Bellville, ON

Lisa Shunock

Mohawk College
519-756-8228 ext. 5734
Hamilton, ON

Brantford Campus: Nancy Brown


Fennell Campus: Sue Nadwodny

Niagara College:
905-735-2211, ext. 7497
Niagara Falls, ON

Walter Goffin

Northern College:
705-235-3211 ext: 2284

Joanne Hagger-Perritt
St. Clair College:
519-972-2727 ext. 4209 

Windsor Campus: Lynne Sibley
519-354-9100 ext. 3320 Chatham Campus: Joy Kemble

St. Lawrence College:
613-544-5400 ext. 1607

Kingston Campus:Tammy Kerr

613-345-0660 ext. 3140  Brockville Campus: Graeme Aubert

Sault College:
705-759-2554 ext. 2439
Sault St. Marie, ON

Sandy MacDonald
sandy.macdonald@ saultcollege.ca

Seneca College:
416-491-5050 ext. 5336
Toronto, ON

Justin Boudreau

Sheridan College:
905-459-7533 ext. 5195
Brampton, ON

Julie Jaglowitz

Ryerson University:
Toronto, ON

Undergraduate program
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 4825
Email: cycoffice@ryerson.ca

Graduate program
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 4808
Email: cycma@ryerson.ca


In addition, University of Guelph-Humber offers part-time degree completion program in Family and Community Social Services. This program is for full-time working professionals who already have a diploma (SSW, DSW or CYW) and three years of full-time work experience, and are looking to earn their degree on a part-time basis. The classes are a mixture of online and in-class sessions that would take place on our campus in Toronto. This program is suitable for the professional who would like to stay working full-time in order to complete their degree. More information on the program can be found here: https://www.guelphhumber.ca/fcss-dc.

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