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Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Youth Development Professional


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,
(727) 341-3736

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

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.


Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes
Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs
Foundations of Youth Development
Studies in Behavioral Modification
Building Stronger Families and Communities
Co-op Work Experience in Human Services
Total Credits