Adolescent Development (Graduate Certificate)

Adolescent Development (Graduate Certificate)

Young adolescents

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.

Contact

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
HDFS Electives (select at least one)
HDFS 846
Human Sexuality
HDFS 860
Family Programs and Policies
HDFS 857
Race, Class, Gender, and Families
HDFS 876
Children, Adolescents and the Law
HDFS 897
Special Topics
HDFS 991
Professional Issues for Family Specialists
HDFS 993
Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies
Multidisciplinary Electives
EDUC 817
Growing up Male in America
SOC 815
Criminological Theory
SOC 820
Sociology of Drug Use
SOC 840
Sociology of Mental Health
SOC 876
Family Violence Research Seminar
SOC 975
Sociology of the Family
SW 805
Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice
SW 815
Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People
RMP 805
Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation
RMP 830
Camp Administration and Leadership
RMP 860
Program Administration in Recreational Sport

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.

Deadlines

 Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements

In addition to the regular graduate school requirements, a personal interview may be required.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Explore Program Details

Timely 
The certificate program may be completed in one year.

Affordable
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.

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.

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