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 of children, youth, and family services. Upon successful completion of the program, a Certificate of Academic Accomplishment is awarded.
Course List - Undergraduate Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Services
|Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies||HD FS 129 (GS)||Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.||3 credits|
|Infant and Child Development||HD FS 229 (GS)||Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.||3 credits|
|Adolescent Development||HD FS 239 (GS)||Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence.||3 credits|
|Human Development and Family Studies Interventions||HD FS 311||Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.
Prerequisite: HD FS 129
|Family Development||HD FS 315Y (GI)||Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change.
Prerequisites: HD FS 129; 3 credits in social, behavioral, or human biological sciences
|Introduction to Biobehavioral Health||BBH 101 (GHA)||Introduction to an interdisciplinary study of health, examining the interaction of biological processes and behavior on health.||3 credits|
|Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions||HD FS 301||Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.||3 credits|
Foundation Courses (9 credits)
A series of core courses, divided into several areas of focus.
|Psychology||PSYCH 100 (GS)||Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.||3 credits|
|Introductory Sociology||SOC 001 (GS)||The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.||3 credits|
|Introductory Physiology||BIOL 141 (GN)||Normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems. (Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.)||3 credits|
|Human Body: Form and Function||BI SC 004 (GN)||A general survey of structure and function — from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death. (Students who have passed BIOL 129 and BIOL 141 may not schedule this course.)||3 credits|
|Introductory Principles of Nutrition||NUTR 251 (GHA)||The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues. (Students who have passed NUTR 151 may not schedule this course.)||3 credits|
|Effective Speech||CAS 100 (GWS)||Principles of communication, implemented through analysis and evaluation of messages, with some attention to formal speaking and group discussion.||3 credits|
|Rhetoric and Composition||ENGL 015 (GWS)||Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.
Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English placement examination
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.