Graduate Certificate in Youth Development Specialist (Great Plains IDEA)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Program Details

The online Youth Development Specialist 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.

Participating schools include:

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


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

The Higher Learning Commission