Youth Development prepares students to serve youth in a variety of community and institutional settings by giving them an understanding of the supports, opportunities, programs, and services available for youth, as well as how to engage youth and work effectively with them and on their behalf.
Skills acquired: understanding the physical, social, intellectual, psychological, and emotional development and challenges of young people.
The curriculum represents six primary academic areas:
- Youth Development
- Health Studies
Coursework provides students with an understanding of issues related to youth development. They are able to apply the knowledge and skills they learn outside of the classroom through service-learning and internship opportunities.
Graduates of the Youth Development Program are prepared for graduate school or careers working with agencies, including the YMCA, the YWCA, 4-H, the Boys and Girls Club, recreation programs, schools, community centers, camps, social service agencies, and the juvenile justice system.
Five-Year Dual Degree Program
Bachelor of Science (BS) / Master of Social Work (MSW)
Qualified students at Springfield College who are majoring in Youth Development may be eligible for the five-year combined bachelor of science/master of social work dual degree program. Students, in consultation with their undergraduate advisor, will structure their coursework early in their undergraduate career so that a required 17 semester hours of social work foundation coursework may be taken in the student’s fourth year.
For questions about the Youth Development Program at Springfield College, contact Prof. Susan Joel, PhD, at (413) 748-3349 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
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Many students majoring in youth development select one of following academic minors:
- YMCA professional studies minor
- Non-profit management
- Athletic coaching
- Environmental studies
- Social justice
- Art therapy
Five-Year Dual Degree Program:Bachelors in Youth Development and Masters in Social Work
Students may qualify for an accelerated five-year program at Springfield College that combines an undergraduate degree in Youth Development with a Master of Social Work degree.
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