Youth Development (Certificate) (Online)


Youth Development, Cert

Online 13 cr

The graduate certificate in Youth Development is a unique online certificate program that 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 certificate program 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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Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement: Statement of professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Graduate Chair

Rochelle Dalla

Support Staff

Lisa King

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