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Preparing education professionals to work with urban youth and their communities

Are you dedicated to working in alliance with young people to enhance their lives and facilitate their ability to thrive? The MEd in Youth Development program will prepare you to create and impact spaces, programs, and organizations in urban contexts to support youth in developing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual selves.

Program courses and curriculum are designed to develop youth-dedicated professionals who understand the diverse contexts where youth learn and live.  Graduates understand and value engagement with community and school stakeholders to foster youth’s strengths.

Examples of the types of organizations where Youth Development graduates work:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Schools and school systems
  • Government
  • Social service organizations
  • Faith-based organizations

The Youth Development program focuses on:

  • Youth as agents of change
  • Urban environments
  • Positive psychology/strengths
  • Context and culture
  • Social justice
  • Self-reflection

Students in the Youth Development program are able to develop an area of specialization particular to their personal and professional goals in consultation and approval of their advisor.

Overall: 32 credit hours
9 credit hours must be completed at the 500 level

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