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Pullman students may pursue a certificate in adolescence while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, another bachelor’s degree, or independent of completion of a bachelor’s degree. The certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and professional skills to seek employment in a variety of settings that focus on teens/youth including: adolescent counseling centers, youth programs, the juvenile justice system, and many other organizations.


  • Work closely with an advisor in the Department of Human Development to take the designated courses to complete a certificate in Adolescence, including an internship.
  • Complete the courses required for the certificate in adolescence including an internship.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 for the courses required for the certificate in adolescence.
  • When requirements are completed for the certificate, the student is awarded with a Certificate in Adolescence. This shows that the student has completed a course of study that focuses on adolescent development and issues. (Note: This does not mean the student is state certified.)
**Note: All HD majors are required to take 42 credit hours of Human Development courses.**
Courses Required for Adolescence Certificate
HD 220 Human Development Theories 3 Credits
HD 302 Parent-Child Relationships 3 Credits
HD 307 Middle Childhood & Adolescent Development 3 Credits
* *Any Upper Division HD Course 3 Credits
HD 408 Advanced Adolescent Development 3 Credits
HD 479/480 Planning & Evaluation/Instructional Strategies in HD 3 Credits
HD 498 Field Placement 4-8 Credits
Courses Outside HD Required for Adolescence Certificate (choose 1)
PSYCH 230 Human Sexuality 3 Credits
PSYCH 265 Biopsychological Effects of Drugs & Alcohol 3 Credits
SOC 360 Social Deviance 3 Credits
SOC 362 Juvenile Delinquency 3 Credits
Elective Courses that Support the Adolescence Certificate
ANTH 302 Childhood & Culture 3 Credits
HD 300 Child Maltreatment 3 Credits
HD 301 Family Stress & Coping 3 Credits
HD 485 Participation in HD Research 3 Credits
SOC 362 Juvenile Delinquency 3 Credits
SOC 360 Social Deviance 3 Credits
SOC 367/CRMJ 365 Juvenile Justice & Corrections 3 Credits
SPMGT 290 Sport Programs 3 Credits

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