Child & Youth Development

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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
Introduction to After School Care and Education3
Program Environment and Curriculum Development3
Child and Adolescent Development3
Supervision and Leadership3
Children, School and Community3
Positives Guidance in After School Education3
Psychology of Exceptional Children3
Principles of Positive Youth Development3
Electives from the following topic areas: Curriculum Development, Social and Behavioral Science and Program Management9
Capstone - ASE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)3


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

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:

  • apply child and youth development concepts in designing the learning environment;
  • explain the history of youth program movement;
  • apply learning theory to program development;
  • develop a safe learning environment;
  • develop programs intentionally involving children and youth;
  • apply principles of management to running youth programs;
  • explain the impact diversity has on child and youth development;
  • articulate how to build relationships with child, family, school, and community;
  • recognize and be able to assist families in crisis;
  • demonstrate technology literacy and the impact of technology on today's youth; and
  • synthesize their learning in child and youth development concentration through a project, research paper, reflection paper, or practicum.