University Catalog 2024-2025

Youth Development and Leadership (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Youth Development and Leadership prepares future and strengthens current professionals working with community-based youth development programs. The required courses are designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and application of critical aspects of community youth programs, including theories of youth development, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, resource development and management, volunteer development, advisory committees and boards, organizational structure, human resource management, and current/emerging issues impacting youth and families.

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Application Information

Applicants must meet one of these three requirements for admission to the graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a bachelor's degree.

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online, Hybrid
  • Entrance Exam: None
  • Interview Required: None

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 1 (Assistantship consideration and International students); June 15 (US students)
  • Spring: July 15 (International students); November 1 (US students)
  • Summer 1: December 15 (International Students); March 25 (US students)
  • Summer 2: December 15 (International Students); May 10 (US students)

Plan Requirements

Required Courses
YFCS 550Family and Youth Professionals as Leaders3
YFCS 553Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development3
Organizational Administration Course3
See "Organizational Administration Electives" listed below
Youth / Family Development Elective Course3
See "Youth and Family Development Electives" listed below
Total Hours12

Organizational Administration Courses

Select one of the following courses:3
Effective Management of Family Resources
Program Development & Evaluation in Youth & Family Settings
Volunteerism in Youth and Family Settings
Contemporary Issues in Volunteer Resource Management
Professional Ethics and Family Policy

Youth and Family Development Courses

Select one of the following courses:3
Theories in Family Science
Family Relationships Over the Life Course
Effective Management of Family Resources
Complex Family Issues
Family Health & Well-being
Human Sexuality
Environmental Influences on the Family
Family Communication and Coaching
Professional Ethics and Family Policy