X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

Child, Youth and Family (Co-op) (CYF:C)

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 graduates 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. Students interested in working with children ten years of age and younger may apply for membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators; see further details on required courses below. 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.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Adult Development is a four year program, including three work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term, and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Child, Youth and Family Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 Academic Semester 6
4 Academic Semester 7 COOP*3000 Work Term III Academic Semester 8

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (21.50 Total Credits)

11.50 - Required Core Courses

0.50 - Restricted Electives (from lists)

8.00 – Free Electives

1.50 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: Three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.


Semester 1
FRHD*1100 [0.50] Life: Health and Well-Being
NUTR*1010 [0.50] Introduction to Nutrition
PSYC*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Psychology
One of:
ANTH*1150 [0.50] Introduction to Anthropology
SOC*1100 [0.50] Sociology
0.50 electives
Semester 2
BIOM*2000 [0.50] Concepts in Human Physiology
FRHD*1020 [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
MBG*1000 [0.50] Genetics and Society
One of:
FRHD*2260 [0.50] Infant Development
FRHD*2280 [0.50] Adolescent Development
0.50 electives
Semester 3
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
FRHD*2100 [0.50] Development of Human Sexuality
FRHD*2110 [0.50] Children and Youth with Exceptionalities
FRHD*3070 [0.50] Research Methods: Family Studies
STAT*2080 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics I
One of:
FRHD*2060 [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
FRHD*2270 [0.50] Development in Early and Middle Childhood
Semester 4
FRHD*3150 [0.50] Strategies for Behaviour Change
FRHD*3400 [0.50] Communication and Counselling Skills
STAT*2090 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics II
One of:
FRHD*2040 [0.50] Principles of Program Design for Children
FRHD*2400 [0.50] Introduction to Human Services
0.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
FRHD*3040 [0.50] Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships
FRHD*4320 [0.50] Social Policies for Children, Youth and Families
One of:
FRHD*3200 [1.00] Practicum I: Child
FRHD*3250 [1.00] Practicum I: Youth
0.50 electives
Semester 6 - Summer
2.50 electives
Semester 7 - Fall
FRHD*3180 [0.50] Observation and Assessment Laboratory
FRHD*4310 [0.50] Professional Issues
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 8 - Summer

2.50 electives

Restricted Electives

0.50 restricted electives from the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the 4000 level (excluding FRHD*4330, FRHD*4340 or FRHD*4350).

Education - Primary / Junior / Intermediate

Graduates interested in elementary school teaching need additional 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. In our program you would include FRHD*4810 and FRHD*4910.

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.

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