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Bachelor of Science in Education, Child and Youth Studies

Do you want to make a positive impact in your community through education? Are you committed to social justice and equal opportunity for all? A degree in Child and Youth Studies (CYS) will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to shape the future through community-based teaching and learning.

In this major, you will explore child and youth development, community connections to education, and non-formal education methods. You will choose a specialization that connects with your interests and goals, enabling you to develop and implement education programming in diverse community organizations.

In your culminating year, you will engage in a year-long internship, learning hands-on about teaching and learning opportunities in a community organization. During your Capstone Project, you will use critical reflection, problem-solving skills, and action research to identify community problems and propose solutions to create lasting change.

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Creative Pedagogies in Education

The Creative Pedagogies in Education specialization immerses you in the sociocultural world of teaching and learning, preparing you to focus on the strengths and ideas of the learner, multi-model expressions of understanding, and responsive teaching practices. Learn how to plan, create, and facilitate engaging and culturally relevant learning environments in this specialization.

Early Childhood Development and Education

The Early Childhood Development and Education specialization 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

Educational inequality too often creates a literacy achievement gap that is a roadblock as children work to reach their full potential. The Language and Literacy specialization prepares you to support learners in their literacy development: creating and implementing literacy activities, involving family and community, and understanding the connection between literacy and social justice.

Technology and Youth

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

Individualized Studies

Sometimes students initially preparing for an education licensure program choose to transition to the Child and Youth Studies program. The Individualized Studies specialization provides flexibility to meet major requirements while building a plan to advance your career goals.

  • 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

Career Paths

Students who complete the Child and Youth Studies program receive a Bachelor of Science in Education. They are prepared for interesting and innovative careers as educators in a variety of community-based programs, including:

  • Community Action Organizations
  • Children’s Museums
  • Arts Organizations
  • Early Care and Education Programs
  • Tutoring and School Support Programs
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Youth Development Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Public/Private Partnerships

Graduates of the program are also prepared to pursue graduate education options in fields of study related to education, children and youth, non-profit management, or any field that involves working with children.

Because Child and Youth Studies is a non-licensure program, some graduates choose to seek teacher licensure through our Master of Education program at Ohio State. Students who wish to pursue this path must work closely with an academic advisor, as well as the graduate advising office in the Department of Teaching and Learning, to best prepare for the competitive admissions process.


Child and Youth Studies is a non-competitive major. Once you have a 2.0 cumulative Ohio State GPA or higher, you will be directly admitted into the full major.

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