Adolescent Development Graduate Certificate
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire offers a one-year, 14 to 15-credit, multidisciplinary program of study leading to a graduate certificate in adolescent development. The certificate program is intended for individuals who are working in the field but who lack specific knowledge about adolescent development, such as professionals employed by social-service agencies, juvenile justice facilities and child welfare programs, educational institutions, and independent programs that provide programming and services to adolescents. A certificate in Adolescent Development is ideal for professionals in a variety of youth related fields. Areas include youth-serving organizations like 4-H; Boys and Girls Club; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; community recereation facilities; correctional professions; elementary, middle and high school educators; and extension educators.
The certificate program 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.
|Completion of the 2-course core curriculum:||HDFS 950: Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development
HDFS 995: Seminar and Special Problems - Human Development
|Two elective courses, one of which must be a Human Development and Family Studies course:||
HDFS Electives (choose at least one)
HDFS 846: Human Sexuality
EDUC 810C: Youth Organizations
Other Human Development and Family Studies or multidisciplinary electives may be selected with advisor approval.
The certificate program in adolescent development is:
Timely – The certificate program may be completed in one year.
Affordable – The certificate program costs far less than a two-year master's program, providing an efficient, affordable avenue for students to acquire expertise in adolescent development.
Flexible - Many of the suggested courses are offered once per week in a three-hour block, and/or are offered in the late afternoon or evening, and one of the two core courses is an independent study that gives working students flexibility in scheduling.
Transferrable - Up to 12 credits may be applied to the Human Development and Family Studies master of science program in Adolescent Development or Child Development.
For more information, contact Corinna Jenkins Tucker, HDFS Graduate Program Coordinator,
at 603-862-2146 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.