X. Degree Programs
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)
Child, Youth and Family (CYF)
Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.
The Child, Youth and Family major, administered by the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, examines the psychological, social and physical conditions which influence the growth and development of children and adolescents. While the primary focus of the major is on children and youth, the program regards the family as a primary context of development and as the key to successful interventions for children with developmental, behavioural, or socio-emotional difficulties. Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study which will prepare graduate as for a variety of careers in child and youth services. Graduates are pursuing child and youth-related careers in a variety of settings including child and youth treatment facilities, elementary schools, paediatric wards in hospitals, family and community service agencies, and child care centres. Further academic preparation may be required for certain careers. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as family studies, human development, psychology, counselling psychology, social work, speech pathology, and occupational therapy.
The University of Guelph is a partner in several Articulation Agreements concerning the Child, Youth and Family major. Students who enter the B.A.Sc. Child, Youth and Family major with advanced standing through an articulation agreement should identify themselves to the B.A.Sc. Program Counsellor for specific guidance around their Schedule of Studies (see Section IV of this calendar).
Students in the Child, Youth and Family major who are interested in proceeding to teachers college should refer to Section IV--Admissions Information, Articulation Agreements for information about admission to the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University.
All students in the Child, Youth and Family major must include the following core of 14.50 required credits and 1.00 restricted electives to a minimum of 20.00 passed credits. Students are encouraged to plan their use of electives carefully in order to focus their program on one or a combination of the career options open to graduates. Discussion with a departmental advisor regarding the various choices possible from within the major is strongly recommended. Students will normally register for courses according to the semesters indicated below for Fall and Winter sequencing. Students who register for Summer semesters and other students for whom the semester offerings present difficulty may, where they have the approval of their departmental advisor, take some courses in alternative semesters.
In addition to the 14.50 required credits, 1.00 must be taken from the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the 4000 level.
Electives - Recommended and Program Options
Child and Youth Services
Students who intend to pursue a career in child and youth services may wish to choose electives from the following list:
Early Childhood Education
Students who intend to pursue a career in early childhood education may wish to choose electives from the following list:
Education - Primary / Junior / Intermediate
Graduates interested in elementary school teaching need an additional year of study at a Faculty of Education. For those who wish to teach primary (junior kindergarten to grade 3) or junior (grades 4 to 6), each faculty of education may have certain required courses for admission. Often recommended are courses in visual or performing arts, mathematics, languages, physical or natural sciences, history or geography. Students interested in intermediate (grades 7 to 10) level teaching need to acquire a teachable subject in a specific discipline. Normally, this requirement consists of six semester courses in an area of concentration. Students are strongly advised to contact the Faculties of Education that interest them early in their programs to determine the specific requirements.
Graduate and Professional Studies
Students have successfully used the B.A.Sc. degree to gain admission into graduate programs in social work, applied psychology, sociology, anthropology, occupational therapy, speech and language, and social policy. If you plan to enter a graduate program after completing the Child, Youth and Family major of the B.A.Sc. degree program you will need to select certain courses as part of your undergraduate program to meet graduate program admission requirements. Sometimes these requirements are quite particular which means that you must plan your course selections early and carefully.
Although graduate programs differ in their entrance requirements, most graduate programs require that you have taken (at least): one course in research methods; two undergraduate statistics courses; and have completed an undergraduate thesis.
For many of the programs you will be required to take Graduate Record Exams (GREs) in the specific field of study. You are strongly advised to contact the graduate programs that interest you early in your program to determine the specific entrance requirements of each program.