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Out-of-School Time Professional Preparation

The Out-of-School Time (OST) field, also referred to as expanded learning, encompasses a wide range of opportunities for children ages 5 to 18 which occur outside of the school day.  In particular, there is a growing area of need for youth development programs, focused on youth from ages 10 to 18. High quality, well prepared youth development practitioners (also called youth workers) are essential to engage youth and support their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.

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Look for these courses at Montgomery College! 

EDUC 160X - Introduction to Youth Development

Provides a background in historical, philosophical and cultural perspectives on youth development and youth work. Topics for this course include developing a professional awareness of youth work; identifying and distinguishing between asset building models and deficit based models with a focus on positive youth development; and an overview of youth work professional issues, with emphasis on ethics, values, and professionalism.

EDUC 250X - Principles and Best Practices in Youth Development

Introduces the essentials of programming for youth development, including creation, delivery and evaluation of high-quality out-of-school-time programs. Topics for this course include curriculum and program development, needs assessments, working with families, funding and budgeting, and program evaluation.  

If you have not yet taken any credit courses at Montgomery College, you must first apply for  you must first apply for admission.  EDUC 250X requires a prerequisite so you may need to have permission to enroll. For help or questions about enrollment and registration, contact the School of Education at 240-567-1757 or Debra Poese, Director, at Scholarships Available!!   The application may be obtained here.  Contact for more information.  Deadline for applying is January 13, 2016 (4 pm).

This program was developed through a partnership with the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families and the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Foundation.

Click here to watch the video shown on March 15 at the Excel Beyond the Bell Symposium:  Call to Quality.   The video features youth development practitioners and youth as they tell us why #IExcelBeyondtheBell.

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