Youth Advocacy and Educational Studies


The Bachelor of Science in Youth Advocacy and Educational Studies (YAES) is designed for students who desire to work in the broader field of education, but do not wish to obtain teacher certification. This program provides YAES majors with an understanding of the field of education and the complex local, regional and global challenges it faces from interdisciplinary and inter-professional perspectives. Upon completion of this degree, individuals will be prepared to begin their careers in educational policy and youth advocacy by serving in the following environments: government supported initiatives; faith-based organizations; a variety of nonprofit agencies; and for various foundations that advocate for the well-being of children and youth. Many graduates plan to earn advanced degrees in law, public policy and other related areas. You can earn your master’s degree in five years at TCU with the Accelerated Master’s program, giving you an advantage after graduation.​ View Degree Plan

Meet Youth Advocacy and Educational Studies major and football player Kellton Hollins


Meet Youth Advocacy & Educational Studies major and McNair Scholar Moses Contreras

Academics and Curriculum

The BS in YAES will equip you with the skills to begin a career in education-related initiatives, organizations, agencies or foundations that support the well being of children and their families. Student experiences include both educational theory and practice in the form of internships with area partners. You will take a range of coursework including:

  • Diversity in American Education
  • Issues in Education Across Global & Societal Contexts
  • Child and Adolescent Development

As an YAES major, you will choose two areas of specialization, taking electives in subjects such as criminal justice, sociology, business, or many other options.

In addition to traditional coursework, you will also gain extensive experience in organizations, nonprofits and agencies that serve diverse clients:

  • Volunteer at one of our lab schools. You will have the opportunity to volunteer and work with children with special needs and learning differences at our on-campus laboratory schools — Starpoint and KinderFrogs.
  • Gain real-world experience with internships.  During this time, you will intern with a local nonprofit, organization or agency, including partners like The Dallas Cowboys, Equine Connection Counseling, Catholic Charities, TCU Cares, TCU College Advising Corps, Global Ventures International and many others.


Step 1: Apply to TCU
The TCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. A student must be accepted to TCU before applying to the College of Education (COE).

Step 2: Apply to the YAES Program
Students must apply to the program and meet admission requirements by the end of the semester. Please note that all applicants must be enrolled at TCU at the time of program application.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for fall admission (starting in August)
  • October 1 for spring admission (starting in January)

YAES Internship Application