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Child and Youth Development

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Child and Youth Development

The Child and Youth Development Concentration prepares students to work with adolescents in non-school settings, such as residential treatment, community youth services, foster care, after-school programs and juvenile justice system.  Upon completion of the program students become eligible for certification as a Child and Youth Care Worker from the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (after two years of relevant work experience). This certification allows students to demonstrate their commitment to higher standards and professional practice when working with youth.  Child and Youth Care Practitioners comprise the largest human service profession in the world, and an optimistic career outlook.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this area has a faster than average occupational outlook for 2010 to 2020.

For more information contact Dr. Rhonda Richardson at rrichard@kent.edu.

This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to promote positive development in children and adolescents from a variety of diverse backgrounds.  Good candidates for this concentration have a passion for working with children and adolescents, strong communication skills, organization, good social skills, creativity and leadership.

Course Requirements:     
HDFS        24012        Early Adolescence    3   
HDFS        44021    Family Intervention    3   
HDFS        44035    Assessment & Strategies in Case Mgmt.    3   
HDFS    44037    Positive Youth Development     3   
HDFS    44038    Professional Child & Youth Work Practice     3   
HDFS    44092    Practicum in HDFS     3-6   
HED    34060    Small Group Processes     2   
RPTM    36075    Program Design & Evaluation (wave prerequisite)     3   
Select 3 Hours From the Following:   
HED    32530    Drug Use and Misuse     3   
HED    32544    Human Sexuality     3   
JUS    34311    Youth and the Justice System (wave prerequisite)     3   
SPE    23000    Intro to Exceptionalities     3   

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