Youth Development

A dynamic curriculum with real-world learning opportunities

You'll engage in a balance of service learning with youth, relevant coursework, and the development of community-based tools developed in partnership with administrators in youth work settings. Classes, engagement, and assignments promote positive outcomes for all youth by recognizing their strengths, fostering positive relationships, and providing youth with opportunities to learn, lead, connect, and serve.

You'll also learn the competencies required to apply for national certification with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board. These competencies are organized across the domains of professionalism, cultural and human diversity, applied human development, relationship and communication, and developmental practice methods. Upon graduating, you will be prepared to develop, deliver, and supervise safe and enriching learning experiences for youth.


With this degree, you will be equipped to work in career settings such as afterschool programs, group homes, juvenile justice systems, community, schools, youth services, after school services, and nonprofit organizations. You will also possess the theoretical and practical knowledge to pursue an advanced degree in public health, criminal justice, social work, physical therapy, or medicine. Coaches in our Office of Career Sevices can help you chart your path.