• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    13
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $566.23
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $566.23

An online graduate certificate in youth development specialist from MU can help you work one-on-one with youth and their families. If you want to enhance your credentials, obtain continuing education credits or to boost your qualifications for future employment, this may be the certificate for you.

This degree may help you qualify for positions in:

  • 4-H 
  • Boys and Girls Clubs 
  • Cooperative extension 
  • Correctional facilities 
  • Faith-based groups 
  • Non-profit organizations 

Course work covers:

  • Community youth development
  • Contemporary youth issues
  • Family contexts of adolescents
  • Youth in cultural contexts
  • Youth policy

This program is offered as part of Great Plains IDEA, which is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  6. Résumé or CV.
  7. Statement of purpose outlining your career goals.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We require you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall
July 15
Spring
November 15
Summer
April 15

Courses

Core
  • 8237Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth3 Credits

    This course examines the cultural contexts that affect youth from within and outside the family. Students will study social, ethnic, and educational processes that affect youth, and they will examine how history has shaped the current cultural climate of the U.S. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • 8239Community Youth Development3 Credits

    This course focuses on community youth development from a strength-based or developmental asset approach. This approach encompasses both individual development and interrelationships with social environments. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • 8240Youth Development3 Credits

    This course introduces the developmental period of adolescence. Emphasis will be on developmental tasks of this life stage and influences of family and home, school, peers and other contextual forces. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7001Topics in Human Development and Family Studies3 Credits
  • H_D_FS 7231Foundations of Youth Development (1 credit hour)3 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the field of youth development and the professions that include youth work. This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge that students will need to begin any course in the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development programs. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7233Basic Grant Development and Management3 Credits

    This course introduces students to grant development and management. This short-course is not intended to cover all aspects of grant development and management, but it will help students gain confidence in their grant development abilities and inspire them to learn more. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies3 Credits

    Seminar in selected topics in human development and family science.

  • H_D_FS 8234Adolescents and their Families3 Credits

    This course explores adolescent development in the context of the family. The bi-directional influences between adolescents and their families will be examined. Implications for professionals working with youth and families will be explored and highlighted. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8236Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development3 Credits

    This course examines various federal and state policies that effect developmental opportunities for youth. Course participants will also examine not only how policies are developed, but also why. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $566.23
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1698.69
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1740.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $566.23
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1698.69
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1740.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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