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Undergraduate Certificate in
Children, Youth, and Family Services

Courses

The courses are taught by Penn State faculty using a combination of web and email resources as the delivery method. Applications are now being accepted for the certificate in children, youth, and family services. Upon successful completion of the program, a Certificate of Academic Accomplishment is awarded. 

Prescribed Courses (select 30 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

    • Prerequisite

      HDFS 129

  • 3
    credits

    An overview of families, focusing primarily on contemporary American families.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to an interdisciplinary study of health, examining the interaction of biological processes and behavior on health.

    • GHW

      This course may be used to satisfy the Health and Wellness (GHW) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

    • 3
      credits

      Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

      • GS

        The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.

      • GS

        This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

    • 3
      credits

      Normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems.

      • Note

        Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.

      • GN

        This course can be used to satisfy the Natural Sciences (GN) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      A general survey of structure and function — from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death.

      • Note

        Students who have passed BIOL 129 and BIOL 141 may not schedule this course.

      • GN

        This course can be used to satisfy the Natural Sciences (GN) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues.

      • Note

        Students who have passed NUTR 151 may not schedule this course.

      • GHW

        This course can be used to satisfy the Health and Wellness (GHW) requirement.

    • 3
      credits

      Principles of communication, implemented through analysis and evaluation of messages, with some attention to formal speaking and group discussion.

      • GWS

        This course can be used to satisfy the Writing/Speaking (GWS) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      An intensive, rhetorically based experience in reading and writing that will prepare you both to understand the communications that surround you and to succeed in your own communication efforts.

      • Prerequisite

        ENGL 4 or satisfactory performance on the English placement examination

      • GWS

        The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Writing/Speaking (GWS) requirement.

Course Availability

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