About

The Youth Work Certificate is the first interdisciplinary program for the study of the principles of youth work in the United States.

The program is particularly relevant to students in Social Work, Educational Policy and Community Education, Exceptional Education and Educational Studies. It is ideal for students who want to learn more about adolescence and working with youth in a variety of settings, including large and small community based programs, group homes, foster care and residential treatment centers.

The focus is on youth who are troubled or at high risk, but much of the learning applies to youth in general and younger children as well. The two major benefits are that you:

  • Gain a greater understanding of and skills for working with youth
  • Access opportunities for a fulfilling career in the emerging youth work profession

Curriculum

Note: Students who begin working toward the Certificate early in their coursework usually will be able to fulfill the requirement of their major program without increasing the number of credits needed for graduation.

Requirements

3 credits – Overview of Child and Youth Care (ED POL/SOC WRK 580)

3 credits – Youth Work Practice (ED POL/SOC WRK 581)

6 credits – Elective Courses in Human Development or Family Work

2-3 credits – Supervised Field Work or Practicum (ED POL 509 (409) or 688). Fieldwork must relate to child or youth care

Core Courses

ED POL 580 or SOC WRK 580: Overview of Child and Youth Care (3 credits)

ED POL 581 or SOC WRK 581: Youth Work Practice (3 credits) ED POL 509 (409) or 688- Supervised Field Work in the area of Child & Youth Care (2-4 credits)

Elective Courses in Human Development or Family Work (6 credits)

ED POL 112: Introduction to Community Education – 3 credits U

ED POL 113: The Milwaukee Community – 3 credits U

ED POL 411: Conflict & Change – 3 credits U

ED POL 460: The Chicano Experience – 3 credits U

ED POL 531: Alternative Schools – 3 credits U/G

ED POL 533: Educating Black Males-Theories, Methods and Strategies – 3 credits U

ED POL 534: The Student at Risk (Causes) – 3 credits U/G

ED POL 535: Educating at Risk Students – 3 credits U/G

ED POL 560: Education & Hispanics – 3 credits U/G

ED PSY 330: Introduction to Learning & Development – 3 credits U

SOCIOL 260: The Family & Intimate Relationships – 3 credits U

SOC WRK 250: Human Behavior & the Social Environment – 3 credits U

SOC WRK 562: Child & Family Services – 2 credits U/G

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229- 4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

Faculty

profile photoRaquel Farmer-HintonAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesrfarhin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 523
profile photoFlorence JohnsonSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6550fljoh@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 541
profile photoJulie KailinAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6623jkailin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 521
profile photoKalyani RaiAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 227-2587kalyanir@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 519
profile photoMarie SandyAssociate Professor; Co-Interim DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-1173sandym@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 539
profile photoAaron SchutzProfessor & Educational Policy & Community Studies Department Chair; Co-DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-4150schutz@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 555
profile photoRajeswari SwaminathanProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesswaminar@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 557
profile photoJavier TapiaAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-5261jtapia@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 563
profile photoAaria TroianoSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529
profile photoGary L. WilliamsAssociate Professor; DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Institute for Intercultural Research(414) 229-5626glw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 545
profile photoAgnes WilliamsLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-7356avw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 549