Oct 23, 2018  
Undergraduate Record 2018-2019 
    
Undergraduate Record 2018-2019

Youth & Social Innovation (BSEd)


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Bachelor of Science in Education - Youth & Social Innovation


Youth and Social Innovation is a new undergraduate major for students interested in working with and/or on behalf of youth in a variety of settings. Students enrolled in the program have opportunities to :

  • Gain hands-on knowledge about innovative youth programming, policy, and research;
  • Work with a team of students to research and design an innovation to increase positive youth development; and
  • Build a resume that integrates academic knowledge about the needs of today’s youth with read-life application.

This program prepares enrollees for careers in both private and nonprofit sectors serving children and youth. Students develop critical thinking skills that allow them to analyze social, cultural, and educational challenges facing today’s young people.  They also examine programs and policies intended to address these challenges, as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of next-generation youth programming. Students graduating from the YSI  program will be well prepared to provide leadership, management, research and evaluation services to youth-based and youth-serving organizations.

General Education Requirements


Competency Requirements (12 credits)


Area Requirements (24 credits)


  • Mathematics and Natural Science, 9 credits
  • Humanities, 6 credits
  • Social Sciences, 9 credits

Major Requirements


Focus Areas (6 credits from one focus area and 3 credits from another)


Youth Development Focus Area

  • EDLF 3150 Intro to Child Growth and Development (if not taken for core) - 3
  • EDLF 3170 Intro to Adolescence (if not taken for core) - 3
  • EDLF 3610 Immigrant Youth and Families - 3
  • EDHS 3850 Introduction to Counseling - 3
  • EDLF 3460 Race and Identity in Youth Development – 3
  • EDHS 3100 Media Socialization, Racial Stereotypes and Black Adolescent Identity - 3

 Policy Focus Area

  • EDHS 2860 Fundamentals of Child Protection in Emergencies - 3
  • EDHS 3055 Development and Prevention of Youth Violence - 3
  • EDLF 3220 What is Education For? - 3
  • EDLF 4080 U.S. Education Policy - 3

Innovation Focus Area

  • EDHS 2895 Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning - 3
  • EDIS 3452 Designing Games for Learning - 3
  • New course - 3

YSI Practice (minimum of 6 credits)


  • EDHS 2891 Issues Facing Adolescent Girls (YWLP) - 4
  • EDHS 2889 Fostering Leadership in Teenage Boys (MLP) -3
  • EDHS 2900 Practice in Youth and Community Engagement (continuation of YWLP or MLP) - 1
  • EDHS 3891 Fostering Leadership in Girls and Women - 3
  • EDHS 3985 Internship – x
  • EDHS/EDLF/EDIS 4995 Research Lab: research hours with approved research lab – x

General Electives


Choose courses from across the University to reach 120 credits.

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