College of Liberal Studies

Contact: Elizabeth Seebach

331B Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8440



Coordinators: Seebach (Psychology), Johnson (Psychology); Oganowski

(Health Education); Holland (Therapeutic Recreation); Doughtery Harris (Occupational Therapy); Heiden (Teacher Education); Bakkum (College of Liberal Studies)


The Child and Youth Care Emphasis is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to promote the well being of all children and adolescents. Special attention is given to vulnerable/at-risk populations within the context of the family, the community, and the life span. This emphasis assists students who may work within a wide variety of settings including: early child care and education, community-based and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centers, day and residential treatment, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, psychiatric centers, rehabilitation programs, pediatric health care, and juvenile justice programs.



Child and Youth Care Emphasis (All colleges) — 25 credits.


Required Core Courses — 9 credits:


                CYC 210                                                 3 credits

                CYC 450                                                 3 credits*

                CYC 495                                                 3 credits


* Can also be satisfied by other departmental internships with a Child Youth Care component – CEI 450, HED 495/498, OT 480 (if done with pediatric population),

PSY 450, REC 450, RTH 498 if it has a vulnerable-at risk child/youth focus.


Complete each of the following categories

(A through F):


A. Human Development (1-2 courses)

                Non Psychology Majors

                                PSY 212                                  3 credits

                Psychology Majors

                                PSY 210                                  3 credits

                                PSY 310, 311 or 314                              3 credits


B.            Vulnerable and At-Risk Youth (2 courses required) Select courses from at least two different subcategories 1-5.


                1. Alcohol and Drug Abuse:

                                HED 333                                 3 credits

                                SOC 326                                 3 credits


                2. Child Welfare:

                                HED 418                                 1 credit

                                HED 455                                 1 credit

                                HED 465                                 1 credit

                                RTH 330                                 3 credits


                3. Disabilities:

                                ESS 231                                  3 credits

                                SPE 418                                  3 credits

                                O-T 412                                  3 credits


                4. Behavioral Concerns:

                                PSY 304                                  3 credits

                                PSY 417                                  3 credits

                                SOC 370                                 3 credits


                5. Youth At Risk:

                                PSY 390 (appropriate topic)                3 credits

                                RTH 333                                 3 credits

                                SOC 321                                 3 credits


C.            Family Dynamics (complete one course):

                                CST 336                                 3 credits

                                SOC 212                                 3 credits


D.            Communication/Intervention (complete one course):

                                CST 230                                 3 credits

                                CST 232                                 3 credits

                                CST 330                                 3 credits

                                O-T 441                                  1 credit

                                PSY 347                                  3 credits

                                PSY 401                                  3 credits

                                RTH 470                                 4 credits

                                RTH 474                                 3 credits

                                RTH 483                                 3 credits


E.             Group Dynamics (complete one course):

                                CST 250                                 3 credits

                                PSY 343                                  3 credits

                                REC 200                                 3 credits

                                SOC 334                                 3 credits


F.             Multicultural Component (complete one course):

                                CST 332                                 3 credits

                                PSY 280                                  3 credits

                                HED 453                                 1-3 credits

                                EFN 290 (appropriate topic)               1-3 credits

                                EFN 486                                 1-3 credits

                                RTH 204                                 2 credits


                                Can also be fulfilled by completing one of the following

General Education courses:

                                ENG/ERS 207, 210, or 215, EFN 205, HIS 306, PSY 285,

ERS 100, SOC 225, W-S 230, HON 220 (all three credit



G.            Optional: Recommended electives.

Choose from any courses not completed above, or any of the following to meet the 25 total credits in this program.

                                HED 440                                 3 credits

                                HED 433                                 1 credit

                                O-T 413                                  4 credits

                                O-T 410                                  3 credits

                                O-T 446                                  2 credits

                                POL 211                                 3 credits

                                POL 221                                 3 credits

                                POL 306                                 3 credits

                                PSY 404                                  3 credits

                                REC 207                                 1 credit

                                RTH 326                                 3 credits




CYC 210                                                                                                                                           Cr. 3

Overview of Child and Youth Care

As the overview course in the child and youth care emphasis, the class will provide coverage of current issues in the field of child and youth intervention. Students will be exposed to some of the overlapping disciplines involved in the field, will begin to explore concepts (e.g. variables that place children and youth at risk), and begin to gain skills required to become a competent and compassionate child and youth care worker. Students will learn about advocacy, issues of program design and implementation, and systems impacting on the field of intervention with children and adolescents. Prerequisites: PSY 212 or 210 and sophomore standing. Offered Sem. I.



CYC       450                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-6

Internship in Child/Youth Care

An academically relevant field experience for students in the Child/Youth Care Emphasis. The internship will be arranged through Career Services and supervised by a Child/Youth Care Emphasis affiliated faculty member. Prerequisites: junior standing, CYC 210, and 2.25 cumulative grade point average. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Pass/Fail grading.


CYC       495                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Capstone in Child Youth Care

This course is designed to review and unify basic concepts regarding the care of children and youth, particularly those considered “at-risk”. Particular emphasis will be on the multi-level factors that impact the well-being of children and youth, ethics and legal issues, diversity, and program assessment. A systems approach for understanding the vulnerable or at-risk youth will provide a broad framework and the course will be taught from a problem-based learning perspective. Prerequisites: junior standing, CYC 210, and a minimum of 18 credits of the CYC course work completed. Offered Sem II.