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Youth Development and Leadership

 

Graduate Certificate | Youth Development and Leadership

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This certificate prepares future, and strengthens current, professionals working with community-based youth development programs such as faith-based youth programs/ministries, after school programs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and so forth.

This certificate prepares future, and strengthens current, professionals working with community-based youth development programs such as (but not limited to) faith-based youth programs/ministries, after school programs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Boys and Girls Clubs, Communities In Schools. The required courses are designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and application of critical aspects of community youth programs, including resource development and management, volunteer development, advisory committees and boards, organizational structure, human resource management, and current/emerging issues.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet one (1) of the three (3) following requirements to apply to a FYD graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a master’s degree.

PLAN OF STUDY

Four courses (12 credit hours) must be completed.

  • All certificate requirements must be completed within four calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences the first course toward the certificate.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on all certificate course work.
  • The minimum grade to receive certificate credit is "C."
  • Students may take up to nine (9) credit hours of coursework as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS)/Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student before being accepted to the certificate program.
  • Transfer credit from other programs is not allowed.
  • Students must submit a Family and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Exit Form when all program requirements have been completed.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduate certificate programs are an alternative to a full master’s degree. Our certificate programs are designed to prepare professionals to better serve in their roles as family life and parent educators and youth professionals.

A total of 4 graduate courses (12 credit hours) are required

YFCS 550 - Family and Youth Professionals as Leaders

Units: 3

This course examines the application of classic and contemporary theories and models of leadership to the work of community-based organizations. Students will examine leadership from diverse perspectives; then analyze the strengths and weaknesses of leadership theories and models when applied to organizational development of community-based systems.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 553 - Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development

Units: 3

This course explores the fundamental concepts of child and youth development [including early childhood through adolescence] as applied to programmatic and organizational contexts. A special focus is placed upon the concepts as applied to Community Youth theories & practice.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

 

Elective in organizational administration. Pick one from below:

YFCS 531 - Effective Management of Family Resources

Units: 3

Family resource management theory is used to examine personal financial management concepts. Family systems and stress theories will be employed to emphasize the interconnections between families, communities, resources through topics such as personal management [decision-making, time & organizational management, stress management]; human and social capital [education, skill building, health, employability, relationships]; physical capital [transportation, real estate, and housing]; financial management [credit and debt, budgeting, retirement issues, bankruptcy].

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 552 - Program Development & Evaluation in Youth & Family Settings

Units: 3

Historical and contemporary foundations of program development and evaluation in non-formal, community-based family life and youth development settings are examined including theory, research, and three holistic program development constructs: 1] planning; 2] design and implementation; 3] impact evaluation and accountability.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 554 - Collaborations & Partnerships in Family & Youth Settings

Units: 3

To prepare educators [formal and non-formal] to better establish, lead and manage collaborations and partnerships in family settings and those that support holistic community-based youth development organizational systems. Specific foci include: types and levels of partnerships; environmental scanning and socio-organizational linkage contextual factors affecting community collaborations; leadership factors affecting community collaborations; and human, financial and programmatic management in collaborations. Some on-campus meetings are required.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 556 - Organizational Systems in Youth and Family Settings

Units: 3

Preparation for current and future community family and youth development professionals leading and managing community-based organizations. Course includes: fundamentals of management and leadership; institutional and organizational structures; administrative and strategic planning; working with advisory and governing groups; marketing and program delivery systems; information management systems; and human resource, financial, facilities and risk management systems.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 557 - Volunteerism in Youth and Family Settings

Units: 3

Preparation for current and future community-based youth and family professionals to better manage volunteers in local program service delivery. Specific foci include: volunteerism as a social phenomenon; volunteer resource management; new forms of volunteerism; and future trends in volunteerism. Restricted to graduate and post-baccalaureate students only.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 558 - Contemporary Issues in Volunteer Resource Management

Units: 3

In-depth examination of current and emerging issues and trends impacting volunteer involvement in community-based youth and family organizations to prepare current and future youth and family professionals to manage volunteers in local program delivery; examining contemporary research related to trends and issues, and evaluating historical and current social phenomena so as to understand their impact upon volunteer involvement and consider future challenges for volunteer administrators. Restricted to graduate and post-baccalaureate students only.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 585 - Contemporary Issues in Community Youth Development

Units: 3

Students will explore social, cultural, political, and/or organizational underpinnings of youth issues as focused in [1] issues facing community-based youth serving organizations themselves [e.g., mission, structure, funding, staffing, impact and accountability, and politics, etc]; and [2] issues facing the youth audiences served by the organizations [e.g., healthy lifestyles/obesity/substance abuse, sexuality, youth-against-youth violence, career exploration and workforce development, civic engagement, academic success and school drop-out, etc.].

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

Elective in youth or family development. Pick one from below:

YFCS 502 - Theories in Family Sciences

Units: 3

This course will critically compare and evaluate the major human development theories and their application to family life and youth development and examine the usefulness of theory in describing, explaining, predicting, or changing behavior.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 523 - Family Relationships Over the Life Course

Units: 3

Applications of theories and research about interpersonal relationships and family dynamics to issues facing families over the life course, emphasizing the interplay of social, developmental and health factors in affecting change, continuity and well-being.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 531 - Effective Management of Family Resources

Units: 3

Family resource management theory is used to examine personal financial management concepts. Family systems and stress theories will be employed to emphasize the interconnections between families, communities, resources through topics such as personal management [decision-making, time & organizational management, stress management]; human and social capital [education, skill building, health, employability, relationships]; physical capital [transportation, real estate, and housing]; financial management [credit and debt, budgeting, retirement issues, bankruptcy].

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 533 - Complex Family Issues

Units: 3

This course will examine educational intervention strategies for family issues that pose particular difficulty for Family Life and Parenting Educators. Topics include: addictions/substance abuse; child abuse and neglect; domestic abuse; Illness, death and dying; divorce/mediation; step-families & single parenting; gang memberships, suicidal ideation, sexuality/teen pregnancy; and rape and other acts of violence. The course will include a discussion of evidence-based prevention and treatment options for referring clients, and a debate of the role of educators in this process.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 535 - Family Health & Well-being

Units: 3

This course will examine health and well-being issues of special concern to families, especially healthy lifestyle choices. Areas of focus will include food safety and nutrition, physical activity and well-being and healthy environments. Woven throughout the course will be the family's role in creating supportive situations related to health and well-being as well as the impact of public and social policies. Students must have completed a Bachelor's of Science.

Offered in Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 540 - Environmental Influences on the Family

Units: 3

The course will include an examination of social, economic, and behavioral housing theory, historical and current housing policy and its relationship to the housing, neighborhoods and community development and an investigation of diverse populations and their housing/neighborhood concerns.

Offered in Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 545 - Family Communication and Coaching

Units: 3

This course examines communication in families and integrates the coach approach to communication including identifying individual and family issues; appreciating differences; discovering purpose; practicing forgiveness; resolving conflict; conducting successful critical conversations; mending relationships; effective communication; direct and indirect communication; the art of saying no; the power of words; powerful questions; work/life balance; identifying values; stress management.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Summer Term 1

YFCS 585 - Contemporary Issues in Community Youth Development

Units: 3

Students will explore social, cultural, political, and/or organizational underpinnings of youth issues as focused in [1] issues facing community-based youth serving organizations themselves [e.g., mission, structure, funding, staffing, impact and accountability, and politics, etc]; and [2] issues facing the youth audiences served by the organizations [e.g., healthy lifestyles/obesity/substance abuse, sexuality, youth-against-youth violence, career exploration and workforce development, civic engagement, academic success and school drop-out, etc.].

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 590 - Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development

Units: 1 - 6

Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

 

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $4,942.56

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $12,094.56

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

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Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. Nichole L. Huff

Director of Family Life and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Program

919-515-9155
nlhuff@ncsu.edu

Deidra Craig

Public Communications Specialist

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences

512 Brickhaven Drive, Campus Box 7606

919.515.8500
mmdeidra@ncsu.edu