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Bachelor of Science in Youth Development Leadership

The Bachelor of Science in Youth Development Leadership program provides a degree completion educational opportunity for working professionals in the field of positive youth development. The courses are offered online in an accelerated (6-7 weeks) format with an annual 3-day, on-campus activity. Students meet weekly for discussion and interaction through a synchronous web conference.The Bachelor of Science in Youth Development Leadership program provides a degree completion educational opportunity for working professionals in the field of positive youth development. The courses are offered online in an accelerated (6-7 weeks) format with an annual 3-day, on-campus activity. Students meet weekly for discussion and interaction through a synchronous web conference.

Who Should Enroll

The program prepares entry- and mid-career level professional youth development leaders for careers in agencies, institutions, schools, and community organizations that serve youth.

The B.S. degree completion program is designed for professional youth workers, transfer students, change of major students, and career changers who wish to earn a degree in youth development.

Admission Requirements

  • 60 semester credit hours, including all of the Clemson University general education requirements (33 hours) and approved electives (27 hours)
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (scale of 4.0)
  • Completion of the Clemson University admission process
  • Students are admitted each August. Priority is given to those who submit completed applications and supporting materials by May 1.
  • Admission of Clemson University employees receiving tuition remission is limited to 2 per cohort.

Method of Delivery

  • All courses are delivered through distance education technologies with weekly synchronous meetings and annual 3-day campus visits (including 3-day orientation).
  • The courses meet in an accelerated format of 6-7 weeks each. Students are expected to register for two courses each term (fall, spring, and summer).

Length of Program

This program requires 120 semester credit hours, including the 60 hours required for admission. Students who register for 2 courses per semester will complete the program in 10 semesters.

Program Curriculum - Download Course Descriptions

  • Youth Development in Society
  • Theory and Philosophy of Youth Work
  • Youth Development and the Family
  • Community Youth Development Systems
  • Youth Development in Sport and Physical Activities
  • Working with Diverse Youth
  • Designing Effective Youth Programs
  • Youth Activity Facilitation and Leadership
  • Delivering Effective Youth Programs
  • Creative Activities for Youth
  • Youth Program Evaluation and Assessment
  • Administration of Youth Development Organizations
  • Professional Issues and Ethics in Youth Development
  • Youth and Technology
  • Youth Development Fieldwork (3-6 hours)
  • Approved Concentration Courses (12-15 hours)

For Additional Information

Dr. William H. Quinn
Program Coordinator
430 Edwards Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0701
Email: wquinn@clemson.edu
Phone: (864) 656-1501
Student Services Coordinator

Alexis Ward
Student Services Coordinator
263 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Email: award7@clemson.edu
Phone: (864) 656-3400


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