Child and Youth Studies (B.S.)

Program Overview

A degree in Child and Youth Studies (CYS) prepares tomorrow's leaders through community-based teaching and learning. Authentic learning takes place with our extensive range of partners who facilitate students to be agents of change in our community and beyond. With over 400 hours of field experience upon graduation, students receive firsthand preparation in a variety of settings from non-profit organizations to child development centers. This program prepares human services, community development, and other Child and Youth professionals for employment in public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. 


Concentrations Overview


Community Engagement Concentration
  • Prepares graduates for leadership roles in informal learning environments such as youth organizations, clinical work with children with disabilities, museums, non-profit organizations, parks and recreation, and other community agencies.
Education Studies Concentration
  • Prepares graduates for teaching in childcare or other educational settings by providing them with the fundamentals of teaching, classroom management, and learning. 


Career Paths


Community Engagement Concentration
  • Child Advocate 
  • Outdoor and recreational education providers (counselors, coaches) 
  • Youth Program Coordinator 
  • Human services professionals, case managers, and counselors 
  • Outreach workers 
  • Residential care treatment providers 
  • Child welfare workers 
  • Disability advocates 
  • Juvenile corrections staff 
  • Non-Profit Organizations 
Education Studies Concentration
  • Child Life Specialist  
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (RBT) 
  • Paraprofessional 
  • Family Life Educator 
  • After School Programs 
  • Children’s Museums   
  • Preschool Teacher



Information for Current Students


Student Teaching

Block 4 Student Teaching

The Student Teaching/ Clinical Experience at Florida Gulf Coast University is a two-semester experience that occurs during a student’s senior year. The Block 4 Student Teaching experience is the initial phase of a two semester clinical experience. During the Level I Student Teaching experience, teacher candidates are placed at a school site for two days each week for the duration of 12 weeks. During this experience, each teacher candidate will plan and teach three lessons per week and be active in all facets of classroom life.  After successfully completing the Level I Student Teaching program, teacher candidates are placed at a different school site to complete the Level II Student Teaching experience.

Block 5 Student Teaching

The Block 5 Student Teaching experience is a full semester, capstone clinical experience where each teacher candidate is expected to report to their assigned school site each day and eventually assume lead responsibility for planning and delivering instruction to his or her assigned classroom using a co-teach model.  This final experience typically takes place during a candidate’s last semester prior to graduation. 

If you have any questions or are no longer planning to complete student teaching at this time, contact the Office of Clinical Experiences & Partnerships at 239-745-4529. 


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  • Education Studies Concentration
  • Community Engagement Concentration
  • Accreditation

  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Curriculum Map

  • Course Description

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance

  • Destination FGCU Transfer Program