Adolescent Development (Graduate Certificate)

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire offers a one-year, minimum 15-credit, multidisciplinary program of study leading to a graduate certificate in adolescent development.

The certificate program is intended for individuals who may be working in the field but lack specific knowledge about adolescent development such as professionals employed by social-service agencies, juvenille justice facilities and child welfare programs, educational institutions, and independent programs that provide pogramming and services to adolescents.  A certificate in Adolescent Development is ideal for professionals in a variety of youth-related fields.

The certificate program builds general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescent development with particular emphasis on the influences of family 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.

A certificate in adolescent development is awarded upon successful completion of 14-15 credits.

HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development4
HDFS 995Seminar and Special Problems4
HDFS Electives (select at least one)
Human Sexuality
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
Criminological Theory
Sociology of Drug Use
Sociology of Mental Health
Sociology of the Family
Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice
Affirming Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ People
Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation

One elective must be fulfilled with a Human Development and Family Studies course.

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

Grade Policy

A graduate student who fails a course must immediately attend a mandatory meeting with the instructor of the course, the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Coordinator, and, if desired, the student's adviser. If a graduate student receives grades below "B-­" in two or more courses, the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Coordinator will make a recommendation to the Graduate School that the student be dismissed from the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate program.