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Youth and Community Studies

Major in the College of Education

Youth and Community Studies is a major in the College of Education designed to prepare students to work with children, youth and young adults in a variety of settings that do not require teacher certification.

Career paths include directing youth programs at the YMCA, Parks and Recreation Departments, day-care centers, after-school programs and educational programs sponsored by the government and community-based agencies.

Declaration Requirements


Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare


Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education are required to attend an internal transfer information session before they can meet with an Academic Advisor. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to transfer into the College of Education.

Required Courses


View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development Youth and Community Studies major.



Enhancing the Youth and Community Studies degree

The major requires students to choose a Certificate, Minor, Specialization or Track as well as a professional concentration selected from one of these five areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • Special Populations
  • Coaching
  • Youth and Social Services
  • Physical Education Activity
    • Each professional concentration requires students to do an internship that is related to their chosen area.

      For students interested in teaching, options to obtain All-Level Physical Education Teacher Certification, secondary teacher certification in Language Arts, or secondary teacher certification in Social Studies are available.

      Learn more about all undergraduate degree plans in the College of Education.



Youth and Community Studies majors are passionate about learning, teaching, and leading. They must be good speakers and good listeners. Students tend to be self-confident, caring, and patient.


  • Communicating effectively with children, parents, and community educators
  • Ability to assess educational needs of children and youth
  • Ability to develop, organize and execute activities and programs
  • Ability to identify and advocate for appropriate resources for children and youth
  • Strong leadership and people skills
  • Problem-solver
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks

Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.


It’s not just your major that matters! Make yourself marketable by gaining a variety of experiences in college. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.

Contact a Texas Career Engagement career counselor today to find out how you can turn your major into a career.