Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Services
Pennsylvania State University

Program Details

Learn about psychological and family development at all stages of life with a Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Services from Penn State. Graduates will be prepared for a variety of positions in child and youth service organizations and family welfare agencies. 

This certificate program can be used as an introduction to higher education, self-enhancement, or professional development. Courses explore the social, behavioral, and biological aspects of human development. Credits earned from this program can be applied to Penn State’s associate or bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Family Services.

This certificate program includes studies of:

  • Family studies interventions
  • Biobehavioral health
  • Values and ethics in health and human development professions
  • Human development


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL, if applicable

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education