The UIC Master of Education in Youth Development is committed to educating a variety of youth-dedicated professionals to foster the knowledge, skills, and passion to enable them to work with youth in urban contexts. Individuals will be prepared to work with young people in realizing their full potential through creating spaces, programs, and organizations that support youth in meeting the challenges of developing their emotional, physical, social, and intellectual selves and in gaining a voice and place in society so that they can successfully navigate the transition from dependence to independence. This degree is highly individualized for students based on their chosen strand (Applied or Thesis) and specialization. The Applied strand is for those who are currently working in youth development or who plan to immediately after finishing the degree. The Research strand is aimed at students planning to seek doctoral degrees in Educational Psychology, as well as other fields, to provide preparatory training and background in developmental theory, research methods, and statistics. Further individualization is built into the specialization component of the degree which reflects students’ interests and allows them to choose courses most applicable to their career or future aspirations.
Sample specializations include:
* Health and Nutrition
* Law and Justice
* Performing Arts
* Race and Racism
* Youth with Disabilities
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