Family Life and Youth Development

Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences

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The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, offers quality all-distance, graduate education programs designed to prepare future professionals (and strengthen current professionals) who work with youth and/or families in non-formal, community-based settings. Our graduate faculty members are both discipline experts and adult educators who strive to create positive and meaningful graduate education environments wherein students are challenged to become lifelong learners while expanding upon past educational experiences, strengthening current professional situations, and creating dynamic professional futures for themselves in the fields of family life and/or youth development.

Individuals may take graduate courses in Family Life and Youth development (FYD) for purposes of:

Our programs prepare our graduates to understand the complex dynamics of youth and family development so as to plan, implement, and evaluate effective and efficient educational programs targeting identified needs of a community’s youth and/or families so as to improve quality of life.

Please note that our programs are NOT designed for teacher education/certification, counselor education/certification, or social work licensure.

For detailed information regarding our academic programs, please see [click here]