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Bachelor of Science in Education, Child and Youth Studies: Language and Literacy specialization

Discover how to support the development of literacy skills, working with youth and young adults.

The Language and Literacy specialization prepares you to work with youth and families in support of literacy and language skills development.

Literacy skills are foundational to learning and an emphasis on reading across content areas is prevalent in many education settings. Research in the College of Education and Human Ecology proves the importance of supporting literacy skills in youth and young adults for academic success.  

What you learn in the program, you will put into practice through fieldwork, working with youth, young adults and families. Coursework in the Language and Literacy specialization address foundational elements such as phonics and emerging literacy to provide a holistic understanding of the process of acquiring literacy skills. The curriculum also teaches you essential elements of assessment and evaluation for selection of multicultural and quality literature at various stages of development for the learner.

Graduates of this non-licensure program will be able to base their practice in knowledge of the development of literacy skills, evaluation of reading materials and assessment of reading skills.


  • Child, Adolescent, and Multicultural Literature
  • Understanding Phonics and its Role in Instruction
  • Literature, New Media, and Creative Pedagogy
  • Professional Field Experience

Career Paths

Students who successfully complete the Child and Youth Studies Language and Literacy specialization have a number of career options available, including:

  • Library youth literacy programs
  • Literacy tutoring
  • After-school programs
  • Community-based literacy programs
  • Classroom teacher (through a post-baccalaureate or graduate-level teacher licensure programs)


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Phone: 614-292-9261