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Child and Youth Studies (B.S.)

Program Overview

Young boy learning in the FRCThe Child and Youth Studies (CYS) major is designed to prepare education, human services, community development, and other child and youth professionals for employment in public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. It is also designed to serve a larger population of future educators who may not desire to complete one of the College of Education’s current state approved teacher preparation programs, or students who want more than a minor in education and who want a program that includes an internship, or students who have a major not covered by one of our state approved teacher preparation programs and who want to complete as much of the Florida teacher certification requirements as possible. The BS in Child and Youth Studies is flexible enough to accommodate all of these populations while retaining the highest level of practice and pedagogy.


New Concentration in Community Engagement 

  • The Community Engagement Concentration prepares graduates for leadership roles in informal learning environments such as youth organizations, museums, non-profit organizations, parks and recreation, and other community destinations. This program does not lead to a state of Florida teaching certification. 


The CYS major prepares students to address the complex issues facing children, youth, families, and communities in the 21st century. Students acquire critical skills to assist children, youth, families, and communities in meeting their needs, including:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership
  • Program Planning, Management, and Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Applied Research and Evaluation
  • Community-based Education


This major is administered by the College of Education and leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree. The Child and Youth Studies program is in the Department of Teacher Preparation Programs.

The B.S in Child and Youth Studies is not a Florida approved teacher preparation program.


Child and Youth Studies Undergraduate Handbook


  • Education Studies Concentration
  • Community Engagement Concentration
  • Accreditation

  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Curriculum Map

  • Course Description

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance

  • Destination FGCU Transfer Program