Youth Development and Education

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionLearning OutcomesDegree Requirements

Our degree in Childhood Studies is …

  • Rigorous. You’ll find all the advantages of a four year bachelor’s degree: good academic preparation, broad general education, strong faculty support, and a core set of discipline-specific courses.

Plus It’s …

  • Flexible. This major is designed to ensure opportunities for electives, minors and study abroad without extending time to degree or incurring extra costs.
  • Tailored. You will create a program that reflects your individual interests and career goals by selecting appropriate coursework and internships that meet your specific needs.
  • Marketable. Through extensive fieldwork you will gain real-world experiences and develop professional skills and connections that will make you highly attractive to future employers.

What will you learn about in Childhood Studies?

  • Family and social issues
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Child development
  • Diversity
  • Arts and creativity

While at PSU, you will spend time in the field. You could choose to work in …

parks, schools, museums, theaters, sports programs, summer camps, youth centers, hospitals, resorts, and more … The possibilities are endless!

What might you do with your degree? Among other things, our majors become …

  • After-school program counselors
  • Residential counselors
  • Educational consultants
  • Program facilitators and administrators
  • Family support staff
  • Policy advocates

Students who complete the Youth Development and Education major are able to do the following:

  • Communicate and collaborate with children, families, colleagues and administrators.
  • Select, plan, facilitate and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children ages 5-14.
  • Recognize individual differences and modify activities to meet a variety of learner needs.
  • Be aware of and respect diversity in all its forms.
  • Find, evaluate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.
  • Know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate and strengthen instruction or programs that will promote learning.

Education, Democracy & Social Change Cluster