MEd in Youth Development

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions. Previous course work in psychology preferred.
  • Grade Point Average At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study and a 3.00/4.00 grade point average for all postbaccalaureate or graduate course work combined.
  • Tests Required None.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21, or equivalent (iBT Internet-based). Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores. OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, or equivalent, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56
  • Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Personal Statement This required statement must address the applicant’s previous experiences working with youth, specifically work with youth in urban contexts, as well as professional and scholarly goals.
  • Other Requirements A College of Education application form should be submitted as well as the official university application. This program requires two packets of admissions materials. One set of transcripts and the official university application should be sent to the Graduate College Admissions Office. A second set of materials should be sent in one package directly to the College of Education, including a copy of the official UIC application, the College of Education application, a second set of transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and the personal statement.
  • Admission Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website at http://grad.uic.edu/deadlines.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32 beyond the baccalaureate: at least 9 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding independent study and thesis courses. At least 24 hours must be earned as a degree candidate at UIC.
  • Only 400- and 500-level courses can be applied to the degree. Credit toward the degree is only given for courses in which a student received a grade of A, B, C, CR, or S.
  • Course Work

Course Work for Applied Strand Track

Developmental Theory Core (minimum of 7 hours)
Seminar in Urban Youth Development
Select one of the following:
Social Development of Urban Children
Constructivist Approaches to Development: Piaget and Vygotsky
Characteristics of Early Adolescence
Advanced Adolescent Development
Advanced Educational Psychology
Advanced Developmental Psychology and Educational Processes
Adolescence and the Schools
Research and Methodology Core (minimum of 9 hours)
Select three of the following:
Data and Interpretation in Educational Inquiry
Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education
Youth Culture Community Organizing and Education
Methods of Case Study Research
Developing Programs for Youth in Urban Contexts
Collaborating with Families, Community, and Professionals
Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education
Research Design in Education
Educational Program Evaluation
Other courses as approved by advisor
Electives (9 hours)
Determined in conjunction with advisor

Course Work for the Thesis Track

Developmental Theory Core (minimum of 6 hours)
Select two of the following:
Social Development of Urban Children
Constructivist Approaches to Development: Piaget and Vygotsky
Characteristics of Early Adolescence
Seminar in Urban Youth Development
Advanced Adolescent Development
Advanced Educational Psychology
Advanced Developmental Psychology and Educational Processes
Adolescence and the Schools
Research and Methodology Core (minimum of 12 hours)
Research Design in Education
Select additional courses from the following:
Data and Interpretation in Educational Inquiry
Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education
Methods of Case Study Research
Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education
Educational Program Evaluation
Other courses as approved by advisor
Electives (9 hours)
Determined in conjunction with advisor
  • Comprehensive Examination None required.
  • Culminating Experience Required.
    • Culminating Experience for the Applied Strand (7 hours): Required: EPSY 518 and EPSY 528. Students in the Applied Strand earn 7 credit hours and complete a minimum of two semesters  of fieldwork in a youth service organization or an approved program aimed at promoting positive development among youth. The student’s advisor should approve the fieldwork site prior to work beginning at the site. As part of the two-semester course sequence, students will complete a comprehensive professional practice portfolio related to their fieldwork and developed in conjunction with their advisor. Students are required to present their portfolio to their professional practice community at the culmination of EPSY 528.
    • Culminating Experience for the Thesis Strand (5 hours): In accordance with Graduate College guidelines, students electing to complete a thesis must earn a minimum of 5 hours in thesis research (EPSY 598). Students earning 5 hours may write a literature review of publishable quality on a chosen thesis topic or conduct a secondary data analysis to explore a research question related to a chosen thesis topic. Students who elect to conduct an original study on chosen thesis topic must complete 8 hours of thesis research. Once the student has completed all graduation requirements and is in good academic standing, s/he must defend the thesis before a committee appointed by the dean of the Graduate College on the recommendation of the student’s department or program. Not more than one fail vote by the committee is allowed for approval of the thesis.

Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Survey Research Methodology. See Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology in the Graduate College section for more information.

Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Violence Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Violence Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section or the Jane Addams College of Social Work section for more information.