Child & Youth Development Concentration

Child & Youth Development Concentration

The Child & 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
Program Environment and Curriculum Development 3
Child and Adolescent Development 3
Supervision and Leadership 3
Children, School and Community 3
Positives Guidance in After School Education 3
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
Principles of Positive Youth Development 3
Electives from the following topic areas: Curriculum Development, Social and Behavioral Science and Program Management 9
Capstone - ASE 499 (Culminating course in concentration) 3
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology 3
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology 3
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.