Graduate Certificate in Youth Development Specialist (Great Plains IDEA)
University of Missouri-Columbia

Program Details

Want to make a difference in a child’s life?  Consider this online graduate certificate to become a Youth Development Specialist.  You’ll gain insight to the latest trends and issues that affect youth development, helping you become more effective in your role. You will learn the best practices of how to lend social, emotional and cognitive support to adolescents on their road to success.  The contemporary skills and knowledge base acquired through this program, offered by Mizzou and partners of the Great Plains IDEA, can be used by human services, social workers, counselors and other professionals. Coursework likely offered within this unique online certificate, includes:

  • Youth Policy
  • Community Youth Development
  • Adolescents and Their Families


Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

School Accreditation Statement

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