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Youth Development Graduate Certificate

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Information Session: Online Youth Development Graduate Programs
March 24, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Central Time
This online information session is FREE to attend but pre-registration is required


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description

Youth development is an emerging professional field. It has a positive orientation, meaning its focus is on promoting the positive development of youth, and it is an applied field, with professionals who put developmental research and theory into practice in structuring and implementing programs and services for adolescents.

A graduate certificate in youth development prepares students for careers in organizations such as 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, non-profits, faith based groups, community recreation, juvenile justice facilities, middle and high school programs, extension services, and military youth programs.

The online Youth Development Graduate Certificate is a collaborative, inter-institutional program offered by Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), a web-based distance education program. The program requires 13 credits.

If you are interested in a complementary master's program, consider our online M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Youth Development option.


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Sample Plan of Study

Required Course:


Elective Courses:

Select four courses from the following list.


Total Credits: 13


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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's will be added at a later date.



Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Youth Development Graduate bulletin page.




Apply for admission
View Getting Started Guide

For current admission requirements, visit the Youth Development Graduate Certificate bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-8269
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/hdfs/

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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