Explore our Youth Development Professional Certificate

The 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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Social and Human Service Assistants

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment

12,090

2028

14,090

Percent Change

17

Projected Job Openings

1720

SKILLS you learn in SPC's Youth Development Professional Certificate

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

Youth Development Professional Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

YDPF-CT

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
kerr.cheryl@spcollege.edu


Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services
727-712-5851
smiley.joseph@spcollege.edu


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.

MAJOR CORE COURSES

HUS 1111 Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes 3
HUS 1620 Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs 3
HUS 1640 Foundations of Youth Development 3
HUS 2315 Studies in Behavioral Modification 3
HUS 2540 Building Stronger Families and Communities 3
HUS 2949 Co-op Work Experience in Human Services 3
Total Credits 18

CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION AT SPC

The Youth Development Professional Certificate transfers to our Social and Human Services Associate in Science Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

We also offer continuing education for health professionals.

Youth Development Professional Certificate