Adolescent Development (Graduate Certificate)

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The certificate in adolescent development builds general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescent development, with particular emphasis on the influences of families and communities. The program is grounded in an ecological approach that focuses on supporting the health and well-being of all adolescents, with special attention to using a developmental perspective to develop programs, policies, and other interventions that address contemporary risk and protective factors.

Certificate Requirements: Adolescent Development

A certificate in adolescent development is awarded upon completion of:

  1. Two (2) Core curriculum courses
  2. Two (2) additional elective courses, one of which must be a human development and family studies course.
Core Curriculum Courses
HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development4
HDFS 995Seminar and Special Problems2-4
Human Development and Family Studies Electives
Select two electives. At least one elective must be from HDFS:4-8
Human Sexuality
Family Programs and Policies
Race, Class, Gender, and Families
Children, Adolescents and the Law
Special Topics
Professional Issues for Family Specialists
Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies
Multidisciplinary Electives
Growing up Male in America
Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation
Camp Administration and Leadership
Criminological Theory
Sociology of Drug Use
Sociology of Mental Health
Family Violence Research Seminar
Sociology of the Family
Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice
Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Other human development and family studies or multidisciplinary electives may be selected with adviser approval.