Community Youth Development and Leadership

The mission of the community youth development and leadership concentration is to provide a transformational learning experience that allows youth workers to explore alternative approaches to youth work and their implications for practice. Youth workers develop knowledge, attributes, and skills necessary for creating opportunities for young people to develop into healthy, productive and contributing members of their communities through maximizing their full leadership and civic potential.

Download the community youth development and leadership brochure.

Careers

Graduates with the community youth development and leadership concentration work to create opportunities for young people to develop into healthy, productive, and contributing members of their communities through maximizing their leadership and civic potential. Some of these graduates are employed as youth services directors, case managers, intervention and advocacy coordinators. They are employed by community, state, and federal agencies in departments of children's services, human services, child protective services, head start, and recreational organizations.

Weekend classes

Attend classes two weekends per month allowing you to maintain your responsibilities to your work, family, and community while earning your master’s degree.

16 to 24 Months

Earn a bachelor's degree in as few as 16 months, saving you time and money.

Support for adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff of the Academic Success Center at your campus.

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn undergraduate credit for prior learning, work, and life experiences. You may transfer in as many as 72 credits.

An affordable degree

The combination of affordable tuition and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program. 

Fully accredited

Be proud to graduate from a well-respected, regionally accredited college.

Student Projects

Start making real change in your communities with your action research project, which provides an opportunity to partner with organizations in your own community.

The Greater Good

Learn with adults from all walks and stages of life, focused on transforming their communities. This program emphasizes social and economic justice.

Outstanding faculty

Learn from faculty members who have and are working in the community health field and are eager to share their experiences. 

Small Class Sizes

Get the attention you deserve in small classes where professors really get to know you, and you get to know them.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 120 credits to graduate. Of those credits, 48 must be taken at Springfield College (residency requirement).

Students must complete all three levels of required courses:

  • General education requirements
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies requirements
  • Community youth development and leadership concentration requirements (Minimum 12 credits taken in residence)

The group project in development and change must focus on a project that is youth related. The link below provides a detailed explanation of the graduation requirements and lists the general education requirements categories.

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Credit and Course Requirements

School of Professional and Continuing Requirements

Students enrolled in the community youth development and leadership concentration must fulfill their requirements for Group Project in community development and change, which includes earning 12 credits through completion of a project that is youth related (under the course numbers CYDL 330, 331, and 332).

Student Projects

Bring learning to life with hands-on community projects, making connections and impacting people before you graduate. Below are a list of past student projects.

  • Understanding and Eradicating Youth Homelessness in Dorchester, Mass.
  • The Effects of Bullying among Pre-Adolescents
  • Youth Enhancement for Success (YES); Resources for helping to make adolescents successful
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