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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

ASE 255: Introduction to After School Care and Education3 cr
ASE 260: Program Environment & Curriculum Development3 cr
ASE 265: Child and Adolescent Development3 cr
ASE 270: Supervision & Leadership3 cr
SOC 350: Children, School & Community3 cr
ASE 315: Positive Guidance in ASE3 cr
PSY 335: Psychology of Exceptional Children3 cr
ASE 220: Principles of Positive Youth Development3 cr

Approved Electives from the following topic areas:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Program Management
9 cr
ASE 499: Capstone3 cr

A practicum is required for those students who do not have after school/youth work experience.


  • PSY 101: Psychology
  • SOC 101: Sociology

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.