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Child & Youth Studies

The Child and Youth Studies program at Ohio State is an alternative for students who want careers working with youth and in education-related fields, but may or may not intend to become a licensed teacher in K-12 settings. This major helps prepare students for education careers in fields such as community-based education, community-youth organizations and early care and education settings.

“I am so thankful for this program and my professors who helped me grow and land the amazing job that I have now at Nationwide Children’s Hospital!”

Grace Johnson
Sibling Liaison, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Coming from another program I was sure I wanted to teach in a non-traditional setting. The program placed me in the museum of my choice, gave me tools to navigate my internship and set me on a course to work professionally in my field. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in teaching outside of the traditional classroom.”

Michael Solomon
Theater Associate, Center of Science and Industry


The Child and Youth Studies program is a non-licensure program that provides students a foundation in the development and education of children at the early and middle childhood age.

Child and Youth Studies program prepares students to work with groups of young children, youth, and families in community settings with an emphasis on teaching and learning. Students choose an area of specialization – early childhood development and education, language and literacy, technology and youth or creative pedagogies in education – which enables them to develop and implement programming within a variety of settings.

Undergraduate students who plan to seek teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education or Middle Childhood Education via the Master of Education (MEd) program at Ohio State should first complete the child and youth studies degree then apply to the MEd. All admissions at the graduate level are selective. Students should work closely with their academic advisor, as well as the graduate advising office in the Department of Teaching and Learning to best prepare for the admissions process for the MEd program.


Early Childhood Development and Education

The Early Childhood Development and Education specialization in the Child and Youth Studies program prepares you for a career in the care and education of young children. You will learn how to effectively teach children in pre-kindergarten settings to improve their social skills, enhance attention spans and prepare them to succeed in K-12 settings.

Language and Literacy

The Language and Literacy specialization in Child and Youth Studies prepares you to work with youth and young adults to support literacy development and understanding. You will learn how to plan for, create, evaluate and implement literacy activities and support for learners. Additionally, you will learn ways to involve family in literacy development and practices.

Technology and Youth

The Technology and Youth specialization in Child and Youth Studies prepares you to design, develop, implement and evaluate technology-based learning experiences in a variety of educational settings.

Career Paths

Students who complete the Child and Youth Studies program receive a Bachelor of Science in Education. They are eligible for a variety of positions in child care, community based programming, museums, libraries and social service organizations.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue a variety of graduate program options, including teacher licensure, education administration, school counseling or any programs that involve working with children. 

Program Requirements

Sample Coursework: Early childhood development and education, language and literacy, technology and youth, creative pedagogies in education.
Other requirements: Students complete three field experiences during the program.

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