What is YDL?
The MEd in youth development leadership combines practice, experiential learning, and leading-edge scholarship in the fields of youth work, youth studies, and development. Hear from faculty and students on what this pioneering graduate program has to offer.
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Faculty and Seminars
Curious about the ethos of the faculty in this program? The guiding principles of the School? Students and instructors invite you into what happens — both in the classroom, and beyond.
YDL - Classroom Experience
This program is unlike any other on campus: with an emphasis on experiential learning, student participation, and conversation-driven, feet-on-the-ground experiences. Learn more today.
The MEd program is 30 credits. Our core curriculum has five 3-credit classes providing a foundation in youth development leadership:
- Ways of Knowing in Youth Development Leadership: Using Research and Evaluation to Support Community
- The Everyday Lives of Youth (YOST 5952)
- Experiential Learning: Theory & Practice (YOST 5954)
- Organizational Approaches to Youth Development (YOST 5956)
- Community: Context for Youth Development Leadership (YOST 5958)
Two 1-credit seminar classes, taught by both YDL faculty and your fellow students, further enrich and build a diverse understanding of our field, the youth we serve, and each other.
Work with your adviser to choose 9 credits of electives from across the University to broaden your scope of study or further develop a specialization. 4 credits of customizable field experience have you putting your studies into practice. At the end of the program, each student presents a portfolio to demonstrate their studies and work in youth development leadership. More specifics of the program are in the MEd Student Handbook, which will be complete by mid-September.