Graduate Certificate - Youth Development Specialist

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Course Information
Youth Development

Course Description
This course introduces students to the developmental period of adolescence. Students examine this developmental period through the lens of theory and research of positive youth development. The course emphasizes how the developmental tasks of this life stage are influenced by (and influence) family and home, school, peers, and other contextual forces. Students critically examine theoretical and research literature and become familiar with major issues and transitions adolescents face as they successfully navigate this developmental stage.
Contacts
Instructor

Robert Pick
Cell Phone: 402-415-5630
robert.pick@unl.edu

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Textbooks

Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Perspective
Arnett, J.J.
Edition: 6th
Publisher: Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, N.J.


Course Access

Canvas at UNL

UNL Graduate Studies will email students with information (student name, email, and NU ID) and instructions for accessing UNL classes. For undergraduate students in the ECEMS program, Mel Sedlacek will email students with information and instructions for accessing UNL classes. Students will claim their UNL account by setting a password and security questions. Once students claim their ID, they will be able to access their courses at https://canvas.unl.edu/. Courses may not be visible to students until the first day of class.

Please contact the UNL campus coordinator listed below with any questions.

Mel Sedlacek for Early Care & Education, Early Childhood & Family Policy, Family & Community Services, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Family Financial Planning, Youth Development, and Community Development
Kelly Durkin for Dietetics
Melisia Bieber for Merchandising
Melissa Sailors for Ag Systems Management & Technology, Animal Science, Food Safety & Defense, Grassland Management, Horticulture, and Quantitative Genetics & Genomics

 


Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Macy Burgess is a graduate of the family and community services degree.I made the decision to switch specializations in my master’s program mid-way through my degree. This change took me from the traditional on-campus experience to the Great Plains IDEA online experience. The switch seemed intimidating to me but it ended up being an incredible experience that I would not have gotten if I'd taken all classes at one university. Getting to dive into courses offered at schools all over the country was beneficial as it opened pathways for communication and sharing of knowledge with students and faculty I would not normally have interacted with. 

– – Macy Burgess, Family and Community Services Graduate Student,
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