Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:
  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent

Recommended courses or skills: What's this?

These courses are not required for admission.

  • Challenge and Change in Society - Grade 12 (M)
  • Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society - Grade 12 (M)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology - Grade 11 (M)
  • Issues in Human Growth and Development - Grade 12 (M)
  • Living and Working with Children - Grade 11 (C)
  • Parenting and Human Development - Grade 12 (E) or Parenting - Grade 11 (O)
  • Relevant practical experience such as co-op, employment, or volunteer service
Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Program Requirements What's this?
Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

Many employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for appropriate field placements. The CRC will be required at the beginning of term 3. All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.

Note: Students with criminal charges or convictions will be severely limited in placement and/or employment opportunities. Those with criminal charges pending or an uncleared criminal record (criminal convictions must be pardoned, sealed or expunged) are not eligible for a field placement experience.

Health Requirement:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Student Health Services by February 1 (prior to the start of term 3). Please view the current CDS form and Checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and 2 step TB testing) at Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus diphtheria pertussis vaccinations are recommended.
  • All health requirements must be met and gold cards must be submitted to your Placement Officer by February 1 (prior to the start of term 3) or a placement will be denied.
  • Some placement sites require current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and/or First Aid certification.
  • All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, vaccinations, and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.

Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Therefore, provision of transportation for work placement will require access to a private vehicle. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Professional Responsibility:
  • A significant number of field placements in child and youth work require students to be at least 19 years of age in order to assume a beginning level of professional responsibility. Those who are below 19 years of age could have their field placement options limited, which in turn could delay graduation.
  • Persons who have benefited from child and youth work or related helping professions are often attracted to this field. Such persons can bring valuable experience to their professional careers. It is strongly recommended that a person complete at least one year of successful recovery and stabilization before registering in this program. This program should not be utilized as a component of a recovery process.