The Masters of Family and Consumer Sciences-Youth Development degree program is a 36-credit web-based program that has its roots in Positive Youth Development. Rather than focusing solely on corrective measures, a Positive Youth Development approach equips individuals in the second decade of life with the skill set necessary for a successful transition into adulthood.
The Youth Development Specialist Graduate Certificate and the Youth Program Management and Evaluation Graduate Certificate are each a 13-credit subset of the degree program offered online.
Name of graduate degree: Master of Family and Consumer Sciences
Name of major: Family and Consumer Sciences
Name of department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Name of area of specialization: Youth Development
Why Study Youth Development?
A master's degree or graduate certificate in Youth Development will benefit elementary, middle and high school educators, extension educators and military youth specialists. There is an increasing demand for employees of youth-serving organizations to obtain graduate degrees, certificates and/or licensure. The Youth Development program offered as part of the Great Plains IDEA is a recognized leader in professional development and advanced degrees in Youth Development.
Generally, professionals with a Master's degree can demand a higher wage than those holding a Graduate Certificate. The Graduate Certificate can be used for continuing education credits or a career ladder opportunity. A Graduate Certificate can also be used to supplement a Master's degree in another field.
About the Program
This program is offered by the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA).
GP-IDEA is a consortium of universities that have come together to offer fully online degree programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.
In a multi-institution degree program, you apply and are admitted at one university; enroll in all your courses at that university; and graduate or receive a certificate from that university. However, your online courses are taught by the best faculty in the discipline from several universities.
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