Ohio State LiFE Sports Teaching & Learning - Pre-Service Education
Current pre-service experiences are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level for OSU students. These pre-service experiences include a youth development minor
at the undergraduate level, and internships/field experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level.
SWK 310: Prevention and Youth Development Through Sport, Recreation, and Play
Offered for the first time in 2009, this course, within the College of Social Work at OSU, focuses on how characteristics of individuals, families, peer systems, schools,
neighborhoods and other environmental contexts contribute to the development of social, academic, and health-related problems among youth. Students will learn to apply the
knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice from a risk and resilience perspective to guide the design and delivery of prevention and youth development programs
in sport, recreation, and play settings. Strength-based, positive youth development strategies will be emphasized. Diversity factors such as age, gender, race, ethnicity,
or sexual orientation will be critically analyzed as they relate to risk and positive developmental outcomes. To download a sample course syllabus, please click here:
COURSE SYLLABUS. If you would like to learn more about this
course, please contact Dawn Anderson-Butcher at: Andersonfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a current OSU student, you can
also register for this course using Buckeye Link.
Youth Development Minor
This interdisciplinary minor at OSU is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills related to youth development principles, processes, and practices. Students
with career interests in youth services and education (non-formal and formal) are ideal candidates. The Youth Development Minor helps prepare students for careers in schools
and out-of-school organizations such Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, FFA, 4-H Youth Development, Sport Organizations, and through other employers or volunteer agencies such as
city governments, faith-based organizations, and after-school programs. This minor would also be valuable for students majoring in social work or similar fields pursuing
careers serving youth populations in settings such as settlement houses, child welfare and child advocacy organizations, community mental health facilities, hospitals, and
residential treatment centers. The Youth Development Minor brings together many departments and colleges to provide students with a unique educational opportunity and to
give them a competitive advantage for securing jobs in the youth development arena. Faculty and staff from the LiFE Sports Initiative are members of the interdisciplinary
Advisory Committee overseeing this minor within OSU. In addition to the development and management of this minor, the LiFE Sports Initiative's faculty also has developed a
youth development theory course that is housed in the College of Social Work. To download the semester course requirements, please click here:
YD MINOR ADVISING SHEET. If you would like to learn more
about this minor or to learn how to register, please contact Schott Scheer or
Internship & Independent Study Opportunities
Youth development agencies and organizations are often under-staffed while at the same time students within OSU are often in need of both field placements and internships.
As part of the LiFE Sports Initiative's goals to both support youth organizations and enhance the learning of students, the LiFE Sports Initiative coordinates the placements
of interested students in a variety of internships and field placements. Staff members at LiFE Sports also provide supervision to social work students in agencies that do
not currently have a licensed independent social worker. If you would like to learn more about creating a youth development placement within your community agency, please
contact Becky Wade-Mdivanian. If you are a student looking for a field placement, internships, or independent study, please
contact Becky as well as we usually have a number opportunities available with LiFE Sports or other community agencies.