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Child and Youth Studies: Technology and Youth

Learn to create meaningful technology-based learning experiences for youth. The Technology and Youth specialization prepares you to effectively develop and implement educational programming for children, families and communities in formal, informal and social settings.

In the 21st century, learning can happen at any place, any time. It signals a growing need for professionals who are able to create learning experiences that span the multiple, often technology-mediated, contexts in which people interact, learn and work.

The Technology and Youth specialization prepares you for a career in a variety of educational settings where the value of technology-based educational solutions is growing.

What you learn in the classroom, you will put into practice as you learn it. Coursework in the Technology and Youth specialization includes service learning where you will engage with the local community to education youth in a non-school environment. The curriculum also teaches you essential elements of youth development, learning technologies, design-based research, designing successful youth programs and working with community partners.

Graduates of this non-licensure program will be able to combine knowledge of child, family, and community development; learning theory; and have competency with various media and information technologies in order to design, develop, implement and evaluate technology-based learning experiences.


  • Technology, Education, and Communities
  • Technological Interventions in Education and Communities
  • Psychological Perspectives on Education
  • Introduction to Developing Educational Websites and Videography

Career Paths

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

  • Youth worker
  • Entry-level instructional designer
  • Educational specialist – science and technology centers, zoos, and other public educational organizations
  • Educational specialist – family and community support centers
  • Children and media
  • Children and youth publishing
  • Guidance counselor
  • International development
  • Educational liaisons in public/private educational partnerships
  • Public policy
  • Social services
  • Youth and After School programs
  • Classroom teacher (through a post-baccalaureate or graduate-level teacher licensure programs)


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Rick Voithofer
Technology and Youth Program Coordinator

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