Great Plains IDEA's Youth Development Specialist graduate certificate is offered completely online with 12-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 are two required core course for this graduate certificate, giving you control to create a learning experience that supports your interests and career goals. The two required courses include Foundations of Youth Development, a three credit hour course which should be taken in your first semester, and Youth Development for three credit hours. Foundations of Youth Development is offered every semester so you can start the program anytime.
Select Two Courses
Choose two 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