Major Code: 3304
Note: Students enrolled in this program MUST submit to and pass drug screening tests – one prior to beginning any practicums and/or clinicals, and one random test during the same semester as any practicum and/or clinicals. Students will sign an agreement for this requirement which will outline the details.
The Youth Development concentration offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills in modern techniques geared toward the prevention, recovery, and rehabilitation of at-risk and incarcerated youth. The program prepares students to implement person-centered life skill plans, design and monitor daily activities, provide support services to youth, based on their individual service needs,and provide crisis prevention/intervention when needed.
Program Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of this program, students will:
- Gain knowledge and skills in: child/adolescent and behaviors/disorders.
- Students will acquire the person-centered principles, values, and attitudes.
- Acquire proficiency in non-violent crisis prevention and intervention in accordance with the national standard.
- Complete a career plan and be academically prepared to enter a baccalaureate program to enhance lifelong learning and professional growth.
- Be conversant with and skilled in youth development specific ethical practice and West Virginia Law for incarcerated youth and be accountable to the individuals and programs they serve.
Students will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply their skills and techniques through: testing, research projects, oral presentations, Practicum experience portfolios, and evaluations from site supervisors.
Graduates of this degree program may expect to find employment in juvenile detention centers, residential youth programs, programs affiliated with the judicial system, special education programs including after school programs and adolescent behavioral health care centers.