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Youth Development Leadership Graduate Certification (online)

A Certificate in Youth Development Leadership is also available. The certificate is designed to equip professionals with competencies that augment their bachelor’s degree in a related field. The Certificate Program requires a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours of course work while taking into consideration the student’s academic background and preparation.A certificate in youth development leadership is also available. The certificate is designed to equip professionals with competencies that augment their bachelor’s degree in a related field. The certificate program requires a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours. Each certificate student's course work will be determined by their academic training and their professional goals. However, all certificate students must take YDP 8000: Foundations of Youth Development. Download Course Descriptions.

Students can choose among this list to complete the 15-credit hours required for the certificate:

  • PADM 8410 Public Data Analysis 3 (3)
  • YDP 8000 Theories of Youth Development: An Applied Perspective 3 (3)
  • YDP 8010 Child and Adolescent Development 3 (3)
  • YDP 8020 Youth Development Programming in a Contemporary Society 3 (3)
  • YDP 8030 Creative and Ethical Leadership in a Changing Society 3 (3)
  • YDP 8040 Assessment and Evaluation of Youth Programs 3 (3)
  • YDP 8050 Youth Development in the Context of Family 3 (3)
  • YDP 8060 Youth Development in the Context of a Global and Diverse Society 3 (3)
  • YDP 8080 Grantsmanship 3 (3)
  • YDP 8090 Management of Staff and Volunteers 3 (3)
  • YDP 8880 Special Topics in Youth Development Leadership 3 (3)
  • YDP 8890 Independent Study in Youth Development 1-6 (1-6)
  • YDP 8900 The Profession of Youth Development Leadership 3 (3)

Requirements for Admission

Students must apply for admission into the Clemson University Graduate School and the certificate program.

  • Admission to Clemson University Graduate School
    • Application is available online at www.grad.clemson.edu.
    • Submit application fee, resume, personal statement, transcripts and two letters of recommendation to the graduate school
    • May be admitted as either a non-degree student or a youth development major
  • Admission into the youth development certificate program
    • Application
    • Application fee
    • Acceptance by the Youth Development Committee

Continuing into the Master of Science in Youth Development Degree Program

Students who are admitted into the certificate program as a non-degree student may decide to continue into the Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership degree program. Only 12 credit hours can be transferred into a graduate degree program; therefore, students need to complete the transfer process before completing the certificate program.

  • Earn an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam.
  • Submit a letter of intent.
  • Transfer into the degree program before you complete the certificate program.