Inspire a generation

Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 13
  • Estimated program cost: $7,669.87*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the certificate you deserve

An online graduate certificate in youth development specialist from MU can help you work one-on-one with youth and their families. If you want to enhance your credentials, obtain continuing education credits or to boost your qualifications for future employment, this may be the certificate for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers

This certificate may help you qualify for positions in

  • 4-H
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Cooperative extension
  • Correctional facilities
  • Faith-based groups
  • Non-profit organizations

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based and offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Students typically take one or classes each semester and finish in one year.

This certificate uniquely focuses on

  • Administration and program management
  • Current research on youth
  • Program design, evaluation and implementation

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based. Learn more

This program is administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Science.