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Graduate Degree Programs

Applied Youth, Family, and Community Education (AYFCE)

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C. DANIEL AZZARA, Interim Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
205 Armsby Building

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The Program

The curriculum prepares students to assume leadership roles in education and human service organizations whose goals are to support and enhance the well-being of youth and families within community settings. Through this graduate program, students will: (1) design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for youth and families; (2) interpret relevant research in youth and family education; and (3) apply research and problem-solving strategies to increase professional effectiveness.

Admission Requirements

Applicants whose junior/senior grade-point average is below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for their baccalaureate degree are required to submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores. The program is tailored to students with baccalaureate degrees in family and consumer science, youth development, or other disciplines closely related to the human sciences.

Degree Requirements

For the M.Ed., a minimum of 30 credits is required, including a 3-credit professional paper or thesis. The paper or thesis is defended in a one-hour oral examination. The graduate program is organized around the following themes: youth and family education, community-based education, and research. Students have the flexibility to focus their programs in areas of professional interest within youth and family education.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.



Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-03-106

Review Date: 11/17/09

Faculty updated: 5/12/14


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