Youth Development

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The graduate certificate in Youth Development is a unique online certificate program that focuses solely on Youth Development. The certificate uses an approach that examines people, places, supports, opportunities and services young people need to be happy, healthy and successful, both in theory and practice. Taught through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance for the Human Sciences (Great Plains IDEA), this is the only alliance of public universities to offer it completely online.

Students may complete the certificate in one of two focus areas: Youth Development Specialist or Youth Program Management and Evaluation.

This certificate is aimed at professionals working with youth, including:

  • 4-H and Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Non-profit youth organizations
  • Faith-based groups
  • Community recreation leaders
  • Juvenile corrections professionals
  • Elementary, middle and high school educators
  • Extension educators

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Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Graduate Chair
Dr. Natalie Williams

Great Plains IDEA Campus Coordinator
Lisa King

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by the department

  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Students are encouraged to seek admission to begin in the fall semester. Applications will be considered continuously based on available slots.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.