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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

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.

Concentration Requirements:

Introduction to After School Care and Education 3cr
Program Environment & Curriculum Development 3cr
Child and Adolescent Development 3cr
Supervision & Leadership 3cr
Children, School & Community 3cr
Positive Guidance in ASE 3cr
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3cr
Principles of Positive Youth Development 3cr

Approved Electives from the following topic areas: Curriculum Development,                   

Social and Behavioral Science, or Program Management

Capstone in Child & Youth Development 3cr



Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology

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.