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Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Adolescence

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This 12 credit interdisciplinary certificate, administered by the Collaborative on Adolescent Development (COAD), is intended to provide broad background in the area of adolescence. It is open to all undergraduates who are in good academic standing at Northern Illinois University.

The certificate provides

  • a way to document course work related to adolescence and adolescent development
  • an effective way to communicate with potential employers and graduate schools

The first step is to take one of the following core courses

  • EPS 307 Development of the Adolescent
  • EPS 406 Issues in Human Development and Learning in the middle school and high school Years
  • PSYC 424 Adolescent Development

Successful completion of the certificate requires

  • 12 credit hours (four courses)
  • A grade of “C” or better in all certificate courses
  • All certificate courses completed within six calendar years
  • Courses taken from at least two different departments

Course options can be located in the current undergraduate catalog.


View full list of requirements

Track your progress (PDF)

Program Compatibility

The certificate is designed to complement undergraduate course work in a variety of majors, including:

  • elementary education
  • family and child studies
  • health education
  • Kinesiology and physical education
  • music education
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • special education
  • women’s studies

Contact Us

Nina S. Mounts, Ph.D.
Director

Collaborative on Adolescent Development (COAD)
nmounts@niu.edu