A fully online 18-credit Certificate in Child, Youth, & Family Services is available to Minnesota State University, Mankato students or as a stand-alone certificate.

Online Certificate Program

Our certificate may be completed in just two semesters and is always 100% online.

Program Outcomes

  1. Examine dynamics within diverse family systems.
  2. Develop professional skills required of child, youth, and family services professionals.
  3. Assess community and family resources from an ecological perspective.

What is a Certificate?

A certificate consists of specific courses focused on a distinct subject matter. A certificate can be combined with a major/degree program or taken as stand-alone. A certificate is noted on your official transcript and adds an additional dimension of knowledge to your academic record and professional résumé. As a stand-alone, the Child, Youth, & Family Services Certificate may help you qualify for employment and/or promote advancement or a change within your current place of employment.

Sample curriculum 


Career Opportunities

Our 18-credit online Child, Youth, and Family Services (CYF) Certificate prepares students for employment/promotion in a variety of in-demand helping professions.

Program Requirements

View the program requirements for the Child, Youth, and Family Services Certificate.


Learn about the curriculum and review a sample one-year plan.

Contact Child, Youth & Family Services

Contact information for child development and family studies under the College of Allied Health and Nursing.