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    18 credit hours

Youth Development Professional Certificate

  • CT iconThe human services profession is undergoing changes as rehabilitation efforts shift toward prevention, early intervention and developing healthy children, families and communities. This certificate prepares para-professionals to work in this dynamic field and focus on working with children and youth.


    • Prepares you for quick entry into a career
    • Is affordable
    • Takes 3 terms to complete
    • Transfers to our A.S. in Human Services

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  • Academic Pathway

    Please see the curriculum content for the most current academic pathway for this program. 

  • You Will Learn

    • Human development stages
    • Community outreach practices
    • Behavior modification and management
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
    • Best practices
  • Careers


    As the human services industry moves toward more community-based services, there will be an increasing demand for trained human services professionals. Professionals with technical and interpersonal skills that can address social, emotional and cognitive problems will remain in demand. Employment in private agencies is expected to grow, as governments continue to contract out services to the private sector to cut costs.

  • Youth Development Professional
    Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Cheryl Kerr, Program Director, kerr.cheryl@spcollege.edu, (727) 341-3736
    Dr. Joseph Smiley, Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services, 727-712-5851

    Program Summary

    This certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in before and after school programs, group homes, residential treatment, youth clubs, recreation centers, and other related environments. Students are prepared to work in the field with a focus on quality standards and best practices in working with children and youth.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code

    0451159906: Youth Development Services

    Federal CIP Code

    51.1599: Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Youth Counselor/Worker
    • Recreation Leader
    • Camp Counselor
    • Case Management Aide
    • Youth/Child Advocate
    • Life Skills Instructor

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.


    HUS 1111Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes3
    HUS 1620Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs3
    HUS 1640Foundations of Youth Development3
    HUS 2315Studies in Behavioral Modification3
    HUS 2540Building Stronger Families and Communities3
    HUS 2949Co-op Work Experience in Human Services3
    Total Credits18
  • This certificate transfers to our Social and Human Services A.S. Degree, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.
    CT to AS to BAS
  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Cheryl KerrProgram Director IISPKerr.Cheryl@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3736