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Child and Youth Studies (B.S.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

College of Education

Department of Curriculum, Instruction , & Culture
  • Education Studies Concentration
  • Community Engagement Concentration

The Child and Youth Studies program is designed to prepare graduates with a fundamental understanding of education in society.  The Education Studies concentration prepares graduates who may decide to pursue teaching in childcare or other educational settings by providing them with the fundamentals of teaching and learning.  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 certificate.  

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal transition into a COE major. In order to transition from a COE pre-major to a major, students must (a) earn an overall GPA of 2.0 on all hours attempted, and (b) see an academic advisor for an approved plan of study. To be placed in a Final Internship, students must have passed all program courses except EDG 4936 which must be taken concurrently with EDG 4940.

  • In addition to the program requirements, students must complete:
  • A minimum of 48 upper division credits (courses numbered 3000 and higher).
  • Complete 30 of the last 60 credits at FGCU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy College-Level skills and foreign language requirement.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.

The COE limits the transfer of coursework into its upper-division, undergraduate programs. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of C and no more than five years prior to the date of entry into the College of Education undergraduate program.

Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (

    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites

  3. Courses in the Major (24 credits)
    A minimum grade of C in each course and a GPA of 2.0 is required.

    EDF 4112 Child Growth and Development (3)
    EDF 4424 Youth Focused Evaluation (3)
    EDG 4942 Field Experience:CYS (3)
    EDG 4940 Practicum: Child/Youth Studies (9)
    EDG 4936 Seminar: Child/Youth Studies (3)
    TSL 3080 Foundations of ESOL (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (3 credits)
    Select one of the following:
    RED 4344 Methods of Teaching Reading (3) or
    RED 4310 Early Learning Literacy (3)

  5. Concentration Requirements (18 credits)
    Complete one of the following concentrations:

    Education Studies
    EDF 3253 Learning Mgmt Inclusive Class (3)
    EDG 3323 Professional Teaching Practice (3)
    EDG 4371 Creative & Affective Development (3)
    EEC 3268 Play Development & Assessment (3)
    EEC 4307 Cognitive Exp for Yng Children (3)
    EEX 4201 Young Children with Spec Needs (3)

    Community Engagement
    EDF 4650 Youth & Community Resiliance (3)
    EDF 4731 Youth & Community Leadership (3)
    EDF 4810 Intro to Comparative Education (3)
    EDG 4077 Informal Learning Enviornments (3)
    EEC 4404 Family & Comm Partnerships (3)
    ENT 3503 Social Entrepreneurship (3)

  6. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  7. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


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