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APYD 400 - Understanding Adolescence and Positive Youth Development

This course is designed to provide students with rigorous study of adolescent development of positive youth development from birth to age 18, using a holistic approach to understanding cognitive, physical, and social aspects. Requirements for the class include Twenty-five hours of field observations and class participation. This is an 8-week course requiring to successfully complete eight (8) instructional modules and an orientation module, Start Here, open during all the course duration. We identify this course as a 100% online course. The course is designed to include 8 facilitated instructional modules requiring approximately 2-3 hours per week, and will culminate with a two one hour and 1/2 (1 1/2)-hours face-to-face training to discuss key questions you may have.


No prerequisities.

Pedagogical Approach

This is an online course, (section 400-02). Taking a course via distance learning is somewhat different from your typical classroom experience. This course is designed to provide you with various tools to meet the course objectives. Students will participate in various forms of interaction with the instructor and fellow students while having the convenience of working in their own surroundings much of the time. All readings, activities, and assignments are designed to meet the student learning outcomes of this course. [You MUST logon AND POST to the discussion board within 48 hours of the first day of class or you will be marked as “No-Show”].

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will comprehend the scope and importance of adolescence and youth development.

2. Students will be able to relate to the diversity in career paths and employment opportunities in adolescence and youth development.

3. Students will be able to identify current trends and issues in adolescence and youth development.


Assessment Methodology will include the use of Livetext ( Southern University and A&M College has partnered with Livetext, an assessment management system. Students are required to purchase a subscription from Livetext, Inc. For more information, you may contact the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at

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