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

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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

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 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.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Academic Pathways

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

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services

Florida CIP Code

0451159906 - Youth Development Services CCC

Federal CIP Code

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


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