College of Education

Youth and Community Development


| Bachelor of Science

Our Youth and Community Development program will prepare you for career opportunities working with young people outside of the traditional school day–like challenge education/outdoor education, after school programs, museum education programming, social work, counseling, student affairs, community development, or non-profit work. In addition to 39 hours of professional education coursework, you’ll also choose one of five concentration areas, providing you with more in-depth knowledge of a specific area of youth or community work. Concentration choices include Arts Administration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Organizational Communication and Leadership, Recreation and Sports Studies, or Sociology with an emphasis in social work. The capstone experience you’ll have your senior year—similar to student teaching—will be a full-time internship that aligns with both your major and your area of concentration.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • ED199, Exploring Educator Identity
  • ED241, Developmental Theory and Application in Education
  • ED244, Concepts of Education
  • PE224S, Coordinated School and Community Health
  • ED398, Multilingual Learners and Their Cultural Contexts

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • Recreation and Sports Studies
  • Sociology with Social Work

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Catalysts for a better future

In the College of Education (COE), we believe in student-centered learning by incorporating the different ways that humans think, discover, and express knowledge in our instruction. 

We believe in the power of experience to develop extraordinarily prepared teachers. From the first semester, students are immersed in a variety of settings with students of all ages, seeing firsthand what it’s really like to be an educator. It’s no wonder COE graduates have had a 100% placement rate year after year. 

Lifelong partnerships are essential in order to train and sustain good educators. Our faculty are more coaches than lecturers, personally guiding students through both classroom and clinical experiences to help them discover what they are meant to do, not what they should do. They remain connected long after graduation, serving as lifelong career mentors to COE graduates.