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MEd Youth Development: Degree Requirements

The MEd Youth Development degree is a two-year program (32 credits, at least 9 of which must be at the 500 level) that integrates theory, fieldwork and/or original research to prepare students to be advocates for and partners with youth in implementing high quality programs aimed at promoting positive developmental outcomes. The primary objectives of the program are to provide students with strong grounding in research and theory concerning the cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical development of youth, as well as knowledge of contextual and institutional factors that lead to positive developmental outcomes for youth.

The program has two primary strands:

  • an Applied Strand aimed at producing high quality professionals to work within the field of youth development
  • a Thesis Strand aimed at providing students planning to seek doctoral degrees in Educational Psychology, as well as other fields, with preparatory training and background in developmental theory, research methods, and statistics

The curricular difference between these two strands lies in the Culminating Experience. Applied students do two semesters of fieldwork from which they build a professional practice portfolio. Students in the thesis strand spend their last two semesters conducting research and writing their thesis with a thesis advisor.

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