Youth Program Management and Evaluation – Graduate Certificate

Youth Program Management and Evaluation

The Youth Program Management and Evaluation Graduate Certificate helps you build positive youth development programs that provide youth in your community with opportunities to learn, lead, connect and serve.


Helping youth navigate childhood and transition to adulthood is challenging and rewarding. Our online youth development program management and evaluation graduate certificate helps you build skills to design, implement, manage, evaluate, and sustain effective youth development programs. If you want to enhance your credentials or boost your qualifications for leadership positions in youth program administration, this may be the certificate for you.

A graduate certificate in youth development will benefit:

  • Elementary, middle, and high school educators
  • Extension educators
  • Military youth specialists
  • Any service providers or practitioners working directly with youth

Increasing demand

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.

Diverse career opportunities

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Faith-based groups
Community recreation
Juvenile justice facilities
Extension services
Military youth programs
Middle and high school programs

Financial and professional benefits

Generally, professionals with a master’s degree can request 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.

University partnerships

Iowa State University is a member of Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA), a consortium of universities that have come together to offer fully online degree programs. This collaboration provides Iowa State University students the opportunity to take course taught by Youth Development faculty and professionals across partner institutions.

Admission Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
Academic Records/Transcripts
Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
Proof of English Proficiency

For specific program requirements and application process, visit the Graduate College program webpage.


Total Credits: 12

The Course Planner provides a list of courses and shows when they are traditionally offered.

Non-degree credits
You may take up to nine graduate credit hours as a non-degree-seeking student before being formally admitted to the program. If you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student, please start by applying as a non-degree student through the Admissions Office (link to non-degree application) and contact to schedule your courses once your application has been approved.


As a member of GP IDEA, all students pay universal tuition. For more information, visit the GP IDEA website.