Program Overview

College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry for students and members of the church and ministry who want to develop their knowledge of Christianity and leadership in order to work with youths and young adults through the Church. Students will learn about biblical aspects of youth ministry and youth culture in order to provide guidance as a foundation and framework in the understanding of their social and psychological development. Through the program, students may develop their ability to communicate and guide youths and young adults through evangelization by understanding how to develop a program designed to minister to this group.

While in this program, students will study a curriculum that includes general education studies and specialized studies matching the education needed for their specialization. The curriculum consists of 24 credit hours of classes that include Skills and Competencies in Youth Ministry, Fundamentals of Christian Faith, and Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God in Foundations of Lay Ministry.

Students who successfully complete this program should have proven their mastery of the knowledge understanding of the Bible which will allow the student to apply the Bible toward real-world issues and intercultural issues in youth ministry, as well as help them form a Christian worldview. Graduates should also demonstrate understanding of youth issues in order to become a teacher and guide in youth ministries, be able to act as a leader and a competent professional in their role in leadership of youth ministries, and be able to display effective oral, written, and visual communication ability.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

    The College is proud to offer a large variety of programs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Students have the following options in selecting a program of study that best meets their needs:

    • Undergraduate – the undergraduate program enables students to gain the knowledge and experiences they need to achieve their full potential academically, personally, spiritually and professionally.
    • Continuing Studies – flexible evening, weekend, and online programs leading to a bachelor's degree meet the needs of adult learners seeking to advance their careers.
    • Graduate Programs – evening, weekend and online master's programs and a fully subscribed doctoral program are designed to help students advance in high-demand fields and professions. These programs prepare our students to stand out as ethical, knowledgeable leaders, who acting in the spirit of service and active engagement, excel in their professions, communities, and daily lives.
    • Professional Certificate Programs – CSE offers evening, weekend and online programs leading to certification in counseling, education, health care, management, ministry, nutrition and other fields.


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