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Bachelor of Science in Education, Child and Youth Studies

The Child and Youth Studies major provides you a foundation in the development and education of children at the early and middle childhood age.

In this major, you are prepared to work with groups of young children, youth, and families in community settings with an emphasis on teaching and learning. You will choose an area of specialization – early childhood development and education, language and literacy, technology and youth or creative pedagogies in education – enabling you to develop and implement programming within a variety of settings.

Child and Youth Studies is a non-licensure program. If you plan to seek teacher licensure via the Master of Education (MEd) program at Ohio State, you may first complete the Child and Youth Studies major then apply to the MEd. Make sure to 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 for the MEd program.

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Creative Pedagogies in Education

The Creative Pedagogies in Education specialization in Child and Youth Studies prepares you to work with learners from birth to age 5, or adolescent to young adult, using an inventive, responsive framework for teaching. Learn how to plan for, create and facilitate a learning environment by addressing innovative pedagogies that focus on the learner, making room for their ideas and strengths.

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

The Language and Literacy specialization 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 prepares you to design, develop, implement and evaluate technology-based learning experiences in a variety of educational 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

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. 

Choose a Child and Youth Studies specialization to explore more career options.

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