Offered through the department of Applied Human Sciences graduate program, the objective of the youth development professional certificate is to train graduates to understand and apply conceptual approaches to youth development, to display an understanding of the development and impact of local, regional, state, federal, and global policies on youth as well as to recognize the impact of family and cultural influences on positive youth outcomes.
The certificate requires 12 credit hours chosen from a list of approved courses in addition to a one-hour foundations course.
The program is a collaborative, multi-institution effort with course work delivered online. Faculty from a partnership of seven land-grant universities share knowledge and expertise in youth development. All institutions are members of the Great Plains-Interactive Distance Education Alliance and have a history of success in distance education.