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Graduate Certificate in Youth Development (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

The online Youth Development graduate certificate program provides knowledge and applications in conceptual approaches to youth development, including asset building, positive youth development, community youth development, risk and resiliency. This program helps students learn how to support youth to make them socially, emotionally and cognitively competent adults.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Youth Development program is offered through:

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State
  • University of Missouri
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Texas Tech University


A bachelor's degree with 3.0 minimum GPA on last 60 credits. 

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission