The BA in Education and Youth Studies prepares undergraduates to support the learning and socio-emotional needs of school-age youth (five through sixteen) and their families in roles that do not require teacher licensure, such as teaching assistant, coordinator of tutoring, and student support specialist. This field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It leads to employment credentials that are recognized by schools and non-profit community organizations, and is excellent preparation for careers in counseling, human services and non-profit public administration.
This program is unique because it addresses the significant need in Chicago and across the nation for college graduates who are committed to working with youth in schools and community organizations. Successful completion of the BA degree entitles students to a paraprofessional educator endorsement on an Illinois Educator License with Stipulations. Individuals with this license and endorsement can provide instructional support in any school that includes programs supported by Title 1, Part A funds.
The Education and Youth Studies minor provides an introduction to the field of education and youth services. It is shorter than the major, requiring only six courses instead of fourteen. The minor provides excellent preparation for graduate work in counseling, teaching or non-profit public administration.
Graduates of the BA in Education and Youth Studies degree program get jobs as paraprofessionals in public and private schools; teachers and student support specialists in tutoring and after-school programs; and managers and assistants in public and private agencies and community organizations serving school-age children.
This program is a terrific opportunity for undergraduates to learn how to support learners from age 5 through 16 through work in community organizations that share our passion for equity and social justice. Our curriculum is aligned with professional standards for youth education and enables students to advance into high-need jobs in youth advocacy and student support services.