Career Opportunities Available for Students Completing This Program

A group of students from the Child Youth and Family Group sitting in a circle with a facilitator showing resources from a binder

Our 18-credit online Child, Youth, & Family Services (CYF) Certificate prepares students for employment/promotion in a variety of in-demand helping professions. Public and private organizations are seeking college-educated professionals with knowledge and skills in childcare, youth leadership, family programming, adult care, and professional writing/speaking.

This certificate responds to a global need for college-educated professionals who can effectively work with children, youth, families, and individuals in a variety of “helping” fields (e.g., childcare, family services, etc.).

Our highly trained faculty and instructors provide students with a flexible student-focused and culturally informed online learning environment. Students take a variety of courses focusing on development through the lifespan, applicable systems/ecological-focused theory, professional presentations, and writing. No prerequisite knowledge is needed. Students may be new to college, looking to enhance prior knowledge, and/or develop a resume. 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.

Assessing the Quality of Our Program


  • Our Child, Youth, & Family Services Certificate Program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission