The PhD program prepares graduates for positions in higher education and for leadership at the provincial, national, and international levels. Through research and, in particular, the scholarship of practice, graduates will influence teaching, research, policy, practice, program development, and evaluation.
We are committed to addressing issues related to communities or populations that have been historically oppressed or marginalized. Our graduate courses address theoretical and practical foundations for working within and across cultures.
Join our internationally recognized researchers in our vibrant graduate program. You will work alongside faculty members engaged in diverse programs of research that focus on a range of issues related to the well-being of children, youth, families and communities.
Teaching and research assistant opportunities
Graduate students are eligible to apply for a limited number of TA and RA positions each year. Sessional teaching opportunities are also available for our PhD students.
We admit students every second year for September entry. The next intake is scheduled for September 2012. Learn about admission requirements.
The application deadline for September entry is December 15 for international applicants and January 31 for domestic applicants.
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Western Deans Agreement
The Western Deans' Agreement (WDA) allows graduate students to take courses for credit through other member universities.
Note: The university at which you are enrolled in a degree program is your home institution. The university at which you wish to take a course is the host institution.
Current PhD students
I have been involved in the child and youth care field for the past sixteen years. My current work consists of part time teaching in the CYC programs at UVIC and Ryerson and being a student. I developed a program elective for Ryerson (Program Development) and have taught a variety of courses in a distance learning format.
Prior to coming back to school full time, my work focused primarily on community development and health promotion with children and youth through a community health centre setting in Ottawa. I had the opportunity to work with large numbers of youth, mainly between the ages of ten and nineteen, to examine their community and create social action projects that they felt were needed. In doing this, my work focused on children and adolescent rights, youth leadership, community mediation, program development and evaluation, and participatory action research projects.
The focus of my doctoral research is an extension of various issues and curiosities that arose during my time as a youth community developer. The idea that there is a reciprocal influence between youth and their community/environment is very interesting to me and I decided to narrow that focus into what is now my research study. My study Beyond the Sidewalk: Developing a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Therapeutic Environments in the Lives of Street-Involved Youth will examine to what degree and in what ways are the environments inhabited by street-involved youth, actually and potentially, therapeutic for the youth.
To accomplish my research I intend to conduct a classic grounded theory study. As the nature of my research is spatial, I will use research strategies that complement this including individual and collective mapping and photography in addition to more traditional data gathering techniques of interviews and participant observation.
I definitely see myself pursing a full time academic career upon completing my degree. I have enjoyed working as a sessional instructor with Ryerson for the past four years and really enjoy teaching in a university child and youth care program. The academic life of teaching, researching, and writing is what I hope to move into upon graduating.
Jolly the founder and CEO of Action for Children, a Ugandan NGO started in 1995 to work with children and youth affected with HIV/AIDS, presently supporting over 10,000 children in 3,000 families.
Jolly Nyeko’s career focuses on vulnerable children since 1980. Her interest lies in supporting communities and families to care for their children, especially the most vulnerable resulting from effects of poverty and disease like HIV/AIDS. Jolly has initiated programs to support early childhood education, prevention of child sexual abuse through access of a child helpline, HIV/AIDS prevention among children and youth, and supporting grandparents and parents caring for young children.
Jolly is currently working on a PhD program in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, Canada. While in Canada, a team of friends founded the Jolly Nyeko Foundation Canada (JNFC) to collaborate and support the work of Jolly and Action For Children.
See also: Alumni Profiles
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- Child and Youth Care, Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy, Practice and Policy by Alan Pence and Jennifer White is now available through UBC Press.