Youth and Technology Undergraduate Minor

Learn to create meaningful technology-based learning experiences for youth. The Technology and Youth undergraduate minor prepares you to effectively develop and implement educational programming using technology for families and communities.

In the 21st century, learning can happen at any place, any time. It signals a growing need for professionals who are able to create learning experiences that span the multiple, often technology-mediated, contexts in which people interact, learn and work.

The Technology and Youth undergraduate minor prepares you for a career in a variety of educational settings where the value of technology-based educational solutions is growing.

What you learn in the classroom, you will put into practice as you learn it. Coursework in the Technology and Youth minor includes service learning where you will engage with the local community to educate youth in a non-school environment. The curriculum also teaches you essential elements of youth development, learning technologies, design-based research, designing successful youth programs and working with community partners.

Students who complete this minor will be able to combine knowledge of child, family and community development; learning theory; and have competency with various media and information technologies in order to design, develop, implement and evaluate technology-based learning experiences.


Required courses (12 credits):

  • ESLTECH 2211s Impact of Technology in Learning and Education- 3 hrs
  • ESLTECH 2250 Technology, Education and Communities- 3 hrs
  • ESLTECH 3251 Technology Interventions in Education and Communities- 3 hrs
  • ESLTECH 4270 Computers in the Classroom: An Intro- 3hrs

Elective courses (Select 3 credits)

  • ESLTECH 5280 Educational Videography- 3 hrs
  • ESLTECH 5281 Introduction to Developing Educational Web Sites- 3 hrs
  • COMLDR 3330 – Program Development and Evaluation

Technology and Youth Minor Program Sheet

Fall, 2018 Classes:

  • ESLTECH 2211S (22210) – Impact of Technology in Learning and Education
    TTr 2:20-3:40
    Ramseyer Hall – Room: 336
  • ESLTECH 2250 (334692) – Technologies in Urban Schools and Communities
    MW 12:20-3:30
    Ramseyer Hall – Room: 136
  • ESLTECH 5280 (22290) – Educational Videography

Career Paths

Students who successfully complete the Child and Youth Studies Technology and Youth specialization have a number of career options available, including:

  • Youth worker
  • Entry-level instructional designer
  • Educational specialist – science and technology centers, zoos, and other public educational organizations
  • Educational specialist – family and community support centers
  • Children and media
  • Children and youth publishing
  • Guidance counselor
  • International development
  • Educational liaisons in public/private educational partnerships
  • Public policy
  • Social services
  • Youth and After School programs
  • Classroom teacher (through a post-baccalaureate or graduate-level teacher licensure programs)


Rick Voithofer
Technology and Youth Program Coordinator