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Child and Youth Development

School of Social Sciences & Education

The child and youth development major prepares persons who want careers working with children from birth through seventeen years of age. The mission of the program is to prepare caring and reflecting professionals who integrate their Christian faith, social responsibility, and sound scholarship in order to contribute to a responsible and caring community.

Completion of the program prepares an individual for employment in a variety of settings including youth-serving organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and military youth programs and private, governmental, and nonprofit early childhood programs such as Head Start, church preschools, military child development centers, and other settings that do not require public school licensure.

With the successful completion of the early childhood concentration and additional courses, the program can lead to licensure* for persons who wish to teach in PreK-3 or K-5. The child and youth development program includes general education courses, core courses for the major, a concentration, and elective courses.

There are five concentrations to select from in this major:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • PreK-3 Licensure
  • K-5 Licensure
  • Middle Grades Licensure (Science or Math)

*Professional Licensure: This program prepares students for licensure in Tennessee. A determination of eligibility for licensure in other states has not been made. Students should check specific state requirements before applying to the program.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


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Rich Aubrey

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