Children, Youth and Family Services, Certificate

Program Code: CYF_UCT

Program Description

This certificate program is designed to improve the quality of planned programs in a wide variety of community settings. The primary goal of the program is to provide a flexible and convenient opportunity for self-enhancement, further education and professional development for those currently working or considering a career in human service settings. Courses are required in three areas:

  1. Foundation Courses (9 credits)
  2. Professional Core (15 credits) and
  3. Professional Electives (6 credits).
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What is Children, Youth, and Family Services?

This certificate program is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles in child and youth service settings and family health and welfare agencies. If you want to begin a career in human services, this online certificate can give you the opportunity to learn about psychosocial and family development at all stages of the life cycle — and you won’t have to set foot on campus.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You plan to begin a career in a human services-related profession.
  • You want to work with various age groups in centers, institutions, and agencies.

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Children, Youth and Family Services, a minimum of 30 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
BBH 101Introduction to Biobehavioral Health Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100 Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
HDFS 315Family Development3
or HDFS 315Y Family Development
HDFS 330Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families6
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
or SOC 1 Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
Human Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Principles of Nutrition Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course
Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
Select one of the following:3
Personal Finance
Internship
Personal and Interpersonal Skills
HDFS 218
Select one of the following:3
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions

Prerequisites Required.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Sarah Krupp
Academic Adviser
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1744
seg143@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

York

Jean Marie St. Clair-Christman
Assistant Teaching Professor in HDFS / Field Coordinator
15 Romano Adminstration Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4161
jxs176@psu.edu

Career Paths

This program is designed to prepare students for service roles in:

  • preschools or day care centers
  • social work
  • home care settings
  • hospitals
  • programs for emotionally disturbed, abused, or neglected children and adolescents.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000
HDFSinfo@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/hdfs

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000
sac301@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/children-youth-and-family-services-certificate/overview

York

15 Romano Administration Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4161
jxs176@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/certificates