College of Health, Education and Human Development

Course Descriptions

HEHD 800 Foundations of Youth Development–An Applied Perspective
This course examines theories of positive youth development with an emphasis on how to apply them to “real world” issues facing young people. Students explore the various theories and practices from a historical and 21st century perspective. While acknowledging the history of youth development, students explore existing models, examine theoretical and applied literature, and discuss current social changes that impact positive youth development.

HEHD 801 Child and Adolescent Development
This course focuses on child and adolescent development emphasizing a strength-based approach. Students develop an understanding of early childhood and adolescent growth and development from a social, cultural and psychological perspective. Attention is given to exemplary instructional practices used in child and adolescent development to include collaboration, partnerships and effective program models and strategies used across the nation. The course helps students recognize major issues and transitions young people face as they navigate the developmental stages.

HEHD 802 Youth Development Programming in a Contemporary Society
This course introduces students to the developmental stages of youth in the context of family, home, school, community and other influences. Students explore programs and administrative policies and procedures that govern youth development programs at the local, state and national levels. Successful models and “best practices” for youth in their environment are studied. Model programs with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention are emphasized. A cross-sectional approach is used to examine assets and protective factors in the contexts of family and community.

HEHD 803 Creative and Ethical Leadership in a Changing Society
This course focuses on the development of leadership and group dynamic skills as they relate to program development and supervision of staff and volunteers. Techniques and skills necessary to be an effective leader in educational and service settings are explored. Students engage in learning situations that will strengthen their skills in the areas of listening, empowerment, and motivation utilizing the latest approaches in the field of leadership. Professional ethics related to human service professionals are integrated.

HEHD 804 Assessment and Evaluation of Youth Programs
This course focuses on the development of a working knowledge of rationale, procedures and tools for conducting intake, needs and environmental assessments of youth, families and communities. Effective skills for mastering comprehensive program evaluation strategies are taught. Students explore statistical packages specifically appropriate for evaluation of youth programs.

HEHD 805 Youth Development in the Context of Family
This course focuses on youth in the context of family development and interpersonal relationship skills. Students gain knowledge and skills in approaches to strengthen families while understanding youth and family development issues and family functioning. Students become aware of and respect diverse family structures, parental involvement, and the influence of culture and ethnicity on family dynamics. Ultimately, students gain the skills to develop effective programs involving the family unit and the ability to conceptualize youth development from a systemic perspective.

HEHD 806 Youth Development in the Context of a Global and Diverse Society
This course focuses on developing an understanding of life span development, especially as related to behaviors and issues of youth in at-risk situations and environments. Students gain an understanding of diversity, cultural awareness/sensitivity and related issues from a Western as well as non-Western cultural perspective. Students obtain a working knowledge of methods, strategies and techniques to address issues relative to racial, ethnic, gender, disability, sexual preference, academic, athletic, and other areas of diversity. Issues of poverty, mass culture, physical environment, crime, and abuse are included as they relate to youth development in a global context.

EX ST 801 Statistical Methods
This course covers the role and application of statistics in research. Students gain knowledge and skills in statistical applications to include estimation, test of significance, analysis of variance, multiple comparison techniques, basic designs, mean square expectations, variance components analysis, simple and multiple linear regression and correlations, and nonparametric procedures.

SOC 805 Evaluation Research
This course focuses on research methods and techniques of computer-assisted data management and analyses used in evaluating policies, operation, organization and effectiveness of social programs in the private and public sectors.

HEHD 807 Internship in Youth Development
The internship provides practical experience linking students to new hands-on learning opportunities in youth serving agencies/organizations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours of experiential education in a supervised setting. Exceptions will be given to students with experience working in youth related fields – approval required. Students network and form collaborative partnerships that will lead to writing a proposal for youth development programming or research (for students with minimal professional experience serving youth).

HEHD 808 Grantsmanship
Students conduct searches on possible funding agencies for youth development, identify a funding agency and grant opportunity, write a proposal to include purpose, rationale, background information, literature review, identification of collaborators/partners, budget, budget justification and human subjects review. Students utilize collaborative partnerships identified during their internship in the development of the proposal.

HEHD 809 Management of Staff and Volunteers
Examines approaches and strategies for successful management and development of staff and volunteers in youth-serving organizations, including effective organizational systems and working with boards and advisory committees. Covers business and organizational principles and practices for success as well as challenges of recruiting, supervising, and retaining staff and volunteers. Preq: Youth Development Leadership major or consent of instructor.

HEHD 891 Master’s Project Seminar I
Building on the skills and knowledge gained in YDL coursework , students will work with the HEHD 891 course instructor and their research committee members to take steps toward preparing and completing their Masters Project.  In this course, students will share research project ideas with their classmates through the development of an online research wiki project, and will work to complete specific assignments to prepare for data collection, analysis, and final project presentation.

HEHD 892 Master’s Project
Students complete an evaluative research project to include writing an article for submission to a professional journal. Students submit the article to the instructor for review.