Online Graduate Certificate Options

Why Mizzou HDFS Online?

  • Flexible timeline to completion
  • Ability to work full-time while earning a graduate degree
  • Reduced tuition for military members and their families
  • Streamlined applied focus to prepare you for the career you want
  • Ability to interact with students and professors from across the nation
  • Ability to take charge of your learning and career growth
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Online Graduate Certificate Options:

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A certificate in youth development is ideal for professionals in a variety of youth-related fields. Areas include youth-serving organizations like 4-H; Boys and Girls Club; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; community recreation facilities; correctional professions; elementary, middle and high school educators; and extension educators.

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Youth Development Specialist (13 credits)

Required:

HDFS 7231: Foundations of Youth Development (1)

And any four of the following courses (12 credits):

HDFS 8234: Adolescents and their Families (3)
HDFS 8236: Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development (3)
HDFS 8237: Youth Culture (3)
HDFS 8239: Community Youth Development (3)
HDFS 8240: Youth Development (3)
HDFS 7001: Topics in Contemporary Youth Issues (3)

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A certificate in youth development is ideal for professionals in a variety of youth-related fields. Areas include youth-serving organizations like 4-H; Boys and Girls Club; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; community recreation facilities; correctional professions; elementary, middle and high school educators; and extension educators.

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Youth Program Management and Evaluation (13 credits)

Required:

HDFS 7231: Foundations of Youth Development (1)

And any four of the following courses (12 credits):

HDFS 8235: Administration and Program Management (3)
HDFS 8232: Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research (3)
HDFS 8238: Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation (3)
HDFS 8236: Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development (3)
HDFS 7001: Topics in Contemporary Youth Issues (3)

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A certificate in gerontology is ideal for professionals in a variety of aging-related fields. Areas include senior-services organizations like centers on aging; senior centers; nursing homes; assisted, independent and aging-in-place living facilities; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; and extension educators.

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Gerontology (21 credits)

The graduate certificate program consists of 5 required 3-credit courses. These are:

Required:
HDFS 7252: Adult Development (3)
HDFS 8251: Perspectives in Gerontology (3)
HDFS 8253: Physical Health and Aging (3)
HDFS 8254: Program Evaluation and Research Methods (3)
HDFS 8258: Professional Seminar in Gerontology (3)

The remaining six credits can be taken from other core courses or from gerontology electives. Up to three credits of internship experience may be included in the certificate program.

HDFS 7233: Basic Grant Development and Management (1)
HDFS 7235: Administration and Program Management (3)
HDFS 7255: Aging Policy (3)
HDFS 7256: Environments and Aging (3)
HDFS 7257: Aging and the Family (3)
HDFS 7259: Mental Health and Aging (3)
HDFS 7260: Women and Aging (3)
HDFS 7261: Biological Principles of Aging (3)
HDFS 7262: Long-term care Administration (3)
HDFS 8238: Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3)
HDFS 8972: Internship (3)