Youth, Family, and Community Sciences

 

Master of Science | Youth, Family, and Community Sciences

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

This degree requires 36 graduate credit hours culminating in a final oral examination and thesis approved by the student’s graduate committee. This option is ideal for students with an interest in pursuing a doctoral program or that have a strong interest in research and program evaluation.

Application Deadlines: We are now on rolling admissions. You can submit an application at any time and begin classes when classes are offered with the university.

Helping youth, families, and communities–it is what we do, what we know, and what we teach.

Our Youth, Family, and Community Sciences online programs graduate faculty members are experts in their academic disciplines and in online learning.  We strive to create positive and applied learning environments so that our students leave fully prepared to excel in their professional careers. We are unique in that:

  • We are student-focused. We recognize that our students bring talent and knowledge into the classroom, and we encourage their development by building on their strengths through active, applied learning.
  • We are fully online, which allows our students the flexibility they need to be successful.
  • Our program is designed for both traditional and non-traditional students.  All synchronous courses are taught during the evenings and our Instructional Designer is on hand to assist all students, especially those new to distance education technologies.
  • We provide our students with opportunities to either focus on one foundational area (e.g., Youth Development, Family Development) or gain a broad perspective of working with individuals across the lifespan (e.g., birth to death).

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for admission must submit:

  • GRE scores
  • 3 Letters of reference
  • Personal statement

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a related area or must have credit for 3 to 6 hours of prerequisites.

PLAN OF STUDY

A student has six years to complete the master's program starting with the first course that is to be counted. Students may be part-time or full-time.

Courses are offered via these formats:

  • Web-based classes
  • Seminar classes with a live internet feed connecting classrooms
  • On-campus seminars delivered via video teleconference

CAREER PROSPECTS

Parenting and Family Life Education are rapidly growing fields of research and practice. Demand for professionals to teach and create supportive systems for families is arising from government leaders, community agencies, court systems, through prisons, social service organizations, religious organizations, schools, and communities.

Completion of the Master of Science in Youth, Family and Community Sciences degree program requires a total of 36 credit hours.

YFCS 500 - Supervised Professional Experience in Family Life & Youth Development

Units: 3

In preparation for professional positions in family life & youth development, students will work with a faculty member or organizations to design a Masters capstone study project that aligns with their professional goals. Faculty supervision required.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

YFCS 502 - Theories in Family Science

Units: 3

This course will critically compare and evaluate the major human development theories and their application to family life and youth development and examine the usefulness of theory in describing, explaining, predicting, or changing behavior.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

YFCS 523 - Family Relationships Over the Life Course

Units: 3

Applications of theories and research about interpersonal relationships and family dynamics to issues facing families over the life course, emphasizing the interplay of social, developmental and health factors in affecting change, continuity and well-being.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2018 Fall Term

YFCS 524 - Gerontology in Family Life Education

Units: 3

The course will examine the social context of aging, the lived experience of aging as reported by older persons, and the interaction of individuals and families with social institutions and community systems of care, including the "aging network".

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 531 - Effective Management of Family Resources

Units: 3

Family resource management theory is used to examine personal financial management concepts. Family systems and stress theories will be employed to emphasize the interconnections between families, communities, resources through topics such as personal management [decision-making, time & organizational management, stress management]; human and social capital [education, skill building, health, employability, relationships]; physical capital [transportation, real estate, and housing]; financial management [credit and debt, budgeting, retirement issues, bankruptcy].

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2018 Spring Term

YFCS 533 - Complex Family Issues

Units: 3

This course will examine educational intervention strategies for family issues that pose particular difficulty for Family Life and Parenting Educators. Topics include: addictions/substance abuse; child abuse and neglect; domestic abuse; Illness, death and dying; divorce/mediation; step-families & single parenting; gang memberships, suicidal ideation, sexuality/teen pregnancy; and rape and other acts of violence. The course will include a discussion of evidence-based prevention and treatment options for referring clients, and a debate of the role of educators in this process.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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YFCS 535 - Family Health & Well-being

Units: 3

This course will examine health and well-being issues of special concern to families, especially healthy lifestyle choices. Areas of focus will include food safety and nutrition, physical activity and well-being and healthy environments. Woven throughout the course will be the family's role in creating supportive situations related to health and well-being as well as the impact of public and social policies. Students must have completed a Bachelor's of Science.

Offered in Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 540 - Environmental Influences on the Family

Units: 3

The course will include an examination of social, economic, and behavioral housing theory, historical and current housing policy and its relationship to the housing, neighborhoods and community development and an investigation of diverse populations and their housing/neighborhood concerns.

Offered in Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 543 - Applied Concepts in Parenting and Family Life Education

Units: 3

Theoretical and empirical literature in lifespan, family life, and parent education will be explored along with implications for issues affecting families including content, delivery, and evaluation of parent education programs. Offered either face-to-face or in person via Distance Education.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

YFCS 545 - Family Communication and Coaching

Units: 3

This course examines communication in families and integrates the coach approach to communication including identifying individual and family issues; appreciating differences; discovering purpose; practicing forgiveness; resolving conflict; conducting successful critical conversations; mending relationships; effective communication; direct and indirect communication; the art of saying no; the power of words; powerful questions; work/life balance; identifying values; stress management.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2018 Summer Term 1

YFCS 547 - Family Life Coaching

Units: 3

YFCS 547: Family Life Coaching prepares family science practitioners to meet the growing demands of improving family life through family life and parent Coaching. This graduate-level course examines family life coaching as an approach to services for families and youth. Students will be introduced to coaching as a vital service for helping families better communicate and reach goals and will explore theoretical and empirical literature in coaching. Through practice and skill building exercises, students will learn to coach and will examine the implications for future coaching practice.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

YFCS 550 - Family and Youth Professionals as Leaders

Units: 3

This course examines the application of classic and contemporary theories and models of leadership to the work of community-based organizations. Students will examine leadership from diverse perspectives; then analyze the strengths and weaknesses of leadership theories and models when applied to organizational development of community-based systems.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

YFCS 552 - Program Development & Evaluation in Youth & Family Settings

Units: 3

Historical and contemporary foundations of program development and evaluation in non-formal, community-based family life and youth development settings are examined including theory, research, and three holistic program development constructs: 1] planning; 2] design and implementation; 3] impact evaluation and accountability.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

YFCS 553 - Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development

Units: 3

This course explores the fundamental concepts of child and youth development [including early childhood through adolescence] as applied to programmatic and organizational contexts. A special focus is placed upon the concepts as applied to Community Youth theories & practice.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

YFCS 554 - Collaborations & Partnerships in Family & Youth Settings

Units: 3

To prepare educators [formal and non-formal] to better establish, lead and manage collaborations and partnerships in family settings and those that support holistic community-based youth development organizational systems. Specific foci include: types and levels of partnerships; environmental scanning and socio-organizational linkage contextual factors affecting community collaborations; leadership factors affecting community collaborations; and human, financial and programmatic management in collaborations. Some on-campus meetings are required.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

YFCS 556 - Organizational Systems in Youth and Family Settings

Units: 3

Preparation for current and future community family and youth development professionals leading and managing community-based organizations. Course includes: fundamentals of management and leadership; institutional and organizational structures; administrative and strategic planning; working with advisory and governing groups; marketing and program delivery systems; information management systems; and human resource, financial, facilities and risk management systems.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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YFCS 557 - Volunteerism in Youth and Family Settings

Units: 3

Preparation for current and future community-based youth and family professionals to better manage volunteers in local program service delivery. Specific foci include: volunteerism as a social phenomenon; volunteer resource management; new forms of volunteerism; and future trends in volunteerism. Restricted to graduate and post-baccalaureate students only.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2018 Spring Term

YFCS 558 - Contemporary Issues in Volunteer Resource Management

Units: 3

In-depth examination of current and emerging issues and trends impacting volunteer involvement in community-based youth and family organizations to prepare current and future youth and family professionals to manage volunteers in local program delivery; examining contemporary research related to trends and issues, and evaluating historical and current social phenomena so as to understand their impact upon volunteer involvement and consider future challenges for volunteer administrators. Restricted to graduate and post-baccalaureate students only.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 585 - Professional Ethics and Family Policy

Units: 3

This course explores contemporary issues facing youth, family, and community professionals in the United States. Students will explore respective social, cultural, political, and/or organizational underpinnings of issues as focused in two major domains: [1] professional ethics and practice and [2] family law and public policy. Emphasis will be placed on issues affecting family life educators and their understanding of the legal issues, policies, and laws influencing the well-being of families, along with understanding the character and quality of human social conduct. This includes the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they relate to professional family life education practice.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

YFCS 590 - Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development

Units: 1 - 6

Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Summer Term 1

YFCS 630 - Independent Study in Family Life & Youth Development

Units: 1 - 3

Students engaged in independently designed study guided by specific objectives constructed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

ST 507 - Statistics For the Behavioral Sciences I

Units: 3

A general introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in behavioral science research. Methods for describing and summarizing data presented, followed by procedures for estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses concerning summarized data.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallMar 1
SpringOct 1

Dr. Kimberly Allen

Director of Graduate Programs

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences

Youth, Family and Community Sciences

919.515.9139
kimberly_allen@ncsu.edu

Contact me for: Dr. Allen is on leave in Summer 2018. Contact Deidra Craig during this time.

Deidra Craig

Public Communications Specialist

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences

Youth, Family and Community Sciences

919.515.8500
mmdeidra@ncsu.edu