Youth Development - Certificate

This option focuses on programs and services that contribute to the development of young people’s personal, physical, social and educational abilities. Youth workers are program developers, leaders and managers who need to be able to work with youth, families, organizations and communities. Coursework in this option focuses on positive youth development, program planning and evaluation, methods for working with young people, and societal factors that both contribute to and inhibit the development of young people. Students with an option in this field look forward to careers with non-profit, public and for-profit agencies that supply youth development opportunities for young people. Settings include after-school programs, community programs, camps, outdoor adventure and church-related recreation programs.

RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
or RPTS 323   or Managing Hospitality and Recreation Organizations 
RPTS 370Youth Development Organizations and Services3
RPTS 371Understanding and Developing Effective Skills for Youth Development3
RPTS 401Tourism and Recreation Enterprises4
or RPTS 403   or Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 
RPTS 472Grant Writing and Program Evaluation for Youth Development Organizations3
RPTS 478Youth Development Practice3
Total Semester Credit Hours19

For graduation, students must earn at least a C average (2.0) in certificate courses.