Practicums provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in specific child and youth care settings. Practicums are a vital part of the Child and Youth Care program. The CYC program at Ƶ has over 150 connections with organizations and programs throughout the Metro Vancouver area, and beyond.

Benefits of practicums include:

  • connect classroom learning with hands-on experience
  • gain real-world skills
  • try out different settings and specialties
  • meeting professionals in your industry
  • potential job opportunities post graduation

Where do I take my practicums?

Placements are selected based on your interests and learning needs, subject to available sites. Examples of types of placements include:

  • schools
  • group homes
  • transition houses
  • community centres
  • programs for street-involved youth
  • government offices
  • addictions services

Check out our CYC Practicum Profile Information Booklet

How long are practicums?

Diploma program:

  • Practicum CYCC 1240 and CYCC 2440, 150 hours each
  • full-time over a 5 week period during the winter term of year 1 and year 2
  • part-time students 12 - 15 hours a week over the course of term

Degree program:

  • CYCC 4410 / CYCC 4411 Advance Practice in CYC, 400 hours total 
  • Done over two consecutive terms prior degree completion
  • Approximately 2 days per week over an 8 month period 

Resources for CYC Practicum Supervisors

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