New Concentration in
Youth Sport Development


To prepare competent, socially responsible physical activity practitioners for work in non-profit settings. 

Concentration Description

The program concentration entitled Community Youth Sport Development offers ESS students an option to study in a non-licensure program designed to prepare them to teach and work in community-based youth serving agencies.  Students gain competencies in teaching, program design, implementation and evaluation, funds development, community collaboration, volunteer and staff management/supervision, addressing social inequalities, and cross-cultural awareness.  This concentration runs parallel to the K-12 licensure program with no requirement for licensure. 

Rationale for Concentration

Within the last decade there has been an influx of school and non-school programs that seek to meet the diverse needs of youth.  Shifting social conditions, such as economic hardship, the growing gap between rich and poor, disparate funding of public schools, and the growing elitism and privatization of non-school sport programs make it unlikely that the majority nation’s youth will receive quality physical activity opportunities.   Clearly, both school and non-school physical activity programs are required to address the needs of all youth effectively.  Likewise, non-school programs, such as those offered through Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA’s, YMCA’s, Municipal Recreation Departments, and others require well-prepared physical activity professionals to provide leadership, innovation, and dedication in enhancing the lives of all youth.  The need for qualified and dedicated individuals to work in and lead these programs has increased dramatically.  A recent national study of programs offered through non-profit agencies suggested that approximately 15,000 new professionals are needed each year to fill community service job vacancies.  We, in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at UNCG are well-positioned to lead the field toward the systematic education and development of service-oriented physical activity professionals. 

Program Content

Students enrolled in this concentration develop skills for volunteer management, fund raising, teaching and program evaluation, and development for community youth sport programs.  In addition, knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural conditions that produce underserved communities are gained by students through their course work and field experiences.  Four new courses have been developed for this program: a) Physical Activity Programs for Underserved Youth, b) Evaluation of Physical Activity Programs for Youth Development, c) Mentoring in Community Youth Development Programs, d) Internship (may be repeated for credit).  

Program Requirements

In order for the students in the community program concentration to enroll in an internship the following are required:

• 2.5 or better GPA

• C or better in all ESS and professional classes

Successful entry interview

There is no licensure attached to this degree program nor is a second academic concentration required. 

CYSD Program

GEC Requirement (37 Hours)

Humanitics & Fine Arts (4 courses)

Historical Perspectives (1 course)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (2 courses)

Natural Science (2 courses)

Mathematics (1 courses)

Reading & Discourse (2 courses)


ESS Core (24 Hours)

ESS 250--Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science

ESS 280--Research and Evaluation

ESS 285--Motor Devlopment

ESS 330--Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

ESS 351--History & Philosophy of Sport and PE

ESS 375--Physiology of Sport and Physical Activity

ESS 376--Biomechanics

ESS 385--Motor Learning & Control

ESS 388--Psychology Of Sport and Exercise


Additional Course(s)

BIO 271/277--Anatomy/Physiology

Sport Pedagogy Core (21 Hours)

ESS 207-208--Selected Physical Activities I & II

ESS 213-214--Performance and Analysis  I & II

ESS 315-316--Educational Gymnastics & Educational Games             

ESS 355--Instructional Strategies in Sport Pedagogy

ESS 455--Practicum I

ESS 456--Practicum II

ESS 457--Practicum III

ESS 381--PE for Individuals with Special Needs

HEA 201--Personal Health (SB-AULER)

ESS 464--Administration


Community Youth Sport Development

ESS 519--Mentoring Children and Youth

ESS 520--Physical Activity Programs for Underserved

ESS 521--Evaluation of Physical Activity Programs for Underserved Youth

ESS 522--Internship

Cognate Electives (5 Elective Courses)

RPT 304--Outdoor Challenge

RPT 435--Recreation as related to service

SWK 315--Social Work, Diversity and Vulnerable Populations

SOC 543--Urban Sociology

SOC 521--Juvenile Delinquency

CUI 555--Multicutural Education

PSC 520--Urban Political System