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Commencement 2015 student speaker April Cox
Barrington, RI resident named Charter Oak student speaker

Commencement 2015 speaker Colin McEnroe
Columnist and radio personality to speak at graduation

Commencement 2015 on May 31st
Over 550 students will comprise the Class of 2015, with 200 attending the ceremony

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
On Tuesday, July 28, a network security upgrade will impact our services.
On that day, our websites & phones will be offline from 6 a.m. until approximately noon.

Concentration - Child and Youth Development

The Child and Youth Development concentration is uniquely designed for after school and youth work professionals and is based on a set of outcomes and established competencies. Graduates will have the theoretical framework, professional skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment; advance children and youth's physical and intellectual competence; provide positive guidance and support for social and emotional development; establish productive relationships with families; and ensure a well-run purposeful program that is responsive to children and family needs. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirement Credits
Introduction to After School Care and Education 3 credits
Program Environment and Curriculum Development 3 credits
Child and Adolescent Development 3 credits
Supervision and Leadership 3 credits
Children, School and Community 3 credits
Positives Guidance in After School Education 3 credits
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3 credits
Principles of Positive Youth Development 3 credits
Electives from the following topic areas: Curriculum Development, Social and Behavioral Science and Program Management 9 credits
Capstone - ASE 499 (Culminating course in concentration) 3 credits
TOTAL 36
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Notes:Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration. A practicum is required for those students who do not have after school/youth work experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Child and Youth Development will be able to:
  1. apply child and youth development concepts in designing the learning environment;
  2. explain the history of youth program movement;
  3. apply learning theory to program development;
  4. develop a safe learning environment;
  5. develop programs intentionally involving children and youth;
  6. apply principles of management to running youth programs;
  7. explain the impact diversity has on child and youth development;
  8. articulate how to build relationships with child, family, school, and community;
  9. recognize and be able to assist families in crisis;
  10. demonstrate technology literacy and the impact of technology on today's youth; and
  11. synthesize their learning in child and youth development concentration through a project, research paper, reflection paper, or practicum.