Great Plains IDEA's Youth Development Specialist graduate certificate is offered completely online with 13-credit hours of maximum flexibility. The only core course is Foundations of Youth Development and it is offered every semester. Select the remaining four courses from a variety of options, providing you the opportunity to build your own certificate to benefit your career goals.
The Youth Development Specialist certificate can complement a master’s degree in a related field such as education, social work, or other human services, or provide working professionals with additional skills needed to advance their career.
Explore the graduate certificate curriculum below, and learn more about the research-based skills and knowledge of how to work effectively with youth.
There is only one core course in the Youth Development Specialist graduate certificate and it should be taken during your first semester in the program. This course is offered every semester so you can start the program anytime.
Select Four Courses
Choose four courses from the list below to complete the graduate certificate. No course is a prerequisite for any other course. Note that CYI stands for Contemporary Youth Issues which are a set of courses that evolve to represent modern-day challenges that youth in your community face.
Review the course planner to find out when each course is offered and plan out a prospective course sequence.
Average time to complete:
Master's degree: 29 months
Graduate certificates: 18 months