Adolescent Development (Graduate Certificate)

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Adolescent Development (Graduate Certificate)

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.


Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-5021

Curriculum & Requirements

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

Required Core Curriculum Courses
HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development4
HDFS 995Seminar and Special Problems4
Electives 1
Select two courses from the following:
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 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.

Explore Program Details

The certificate program may be completed in one year.

The certificate program costs less than a two-year master's program, providing an efficient, affordable avenue for students to acquire expertise in adolescent development.

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.

Up to 12 credits may be applied to the Human Development and Family Studies master of science program in Adolescent Development or Child Development.

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