Afterschool & Youth Work Certificate

The Afterschool and Youth Work Certificate is offered by the Community College of Vermont (CCV) as a way to help youth work professionals advance in their careers. We worked with CCV to develop this certificate, which can be completed fully online for a total of 24 credits.

The first class in the sequence, Introduction to Afterschool Education (EDU 1320), is a course that is offered for FREE with CCV in the fall for licensed afterschool program staff! **Note that you must register for this course through Vermont Afterschool.**

CCV is also offering Social-Emotional Development in Children Ages 5-18 (EDU-2145-VO01) online for Fall 2021. They will offer this course once per year so if you would like to take the course, now is the time.

The Afterschool and Youth Work Certificate will provide students with essential skills to develop, support, and administer high-quality afterschool and youth programs for young people ages 5-18. Emphasis is on developing programs that use youth voice, active learning, planning and reflection, and supporting effective collaboration with families and community partners. Courses in this program may be applied to CCV’s Early Childhood Education A.A. or Behavioral Science A.S. degrees.

Afterschool & Youth Work Semester Map

CCV is offering many different types of scholarships this fall for students in degree and certificate programs, including the Afterschool and Youth Work Certificate. Most of these scholarships require students to complete FAFSA and VSAC applications, and scholarships cover costs not covered by Pell and VSAC grants.

There is funding available for Vermonters who were impacted by COVID last year. This funding covers tuition, course fees, and wrap-around services for up to two courses at any VSC institution in either the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester. Wrap-around funds provide $300 for each credit-bearing course and $150 for each non-credit course. To be eligible, a student’s employability or employer must have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since March of 2020. This funding may be a good option for individuals interested in one or two courses.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Afterschool and Youth Work certificate will be able to:

  • Practice and model effective communication and partnerships with children, youth, families, and community partners;
  • Apply developmentally appropriate and professionally accepted practices for afterschool and youth programs;
  • Employ strategies to maintain safe, healthy, and nurturing environments in afterschool and youth programs; and
  • Exhibit professional conduct in afterschool and youth work settings, including legal and ethical responsibilities, roles, and boundaries.

Required Courses

Courses are listed in the order in which CCV recommends you take them.

  • First Semester Seminar  
  • EDU 1320 – Introduction to Afterschool Education
  • EDU 2065 – Afterschool Education & Development of the School-Aged Child
  • COM 1015 – Communication in the Early Childhood Education & Afterschool Workplace
  • EDU 2145 – Social-Emotional Development in Children Ages 5-18
  • EDU 2185 – Curriculum & Environment Development in Afterschool & Youth Programs
  • EDU 2042 – Early Childhood Education & Afterschool Program Management
  • INT 2860 – Professional Field Experience