Credentials and Degrees

Indiana is fortunate to have a variety of pathways that lead to increasing your expertise in youth development.

1.) Child & Youth Care (CYC) Certification – Recognized in several other states and Canada, the CYC offers three levels of certification Entry, Associate, and Professional. Through a partnership with the CYC Certification Board, the Indiana Youth Services Association administers certification for Indiana youth workers.

2.) Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning online PD system courses meet the requirements for obtaining CYC Certification. For more information, contact Bri Gaston-Bell  at [email protected]

3.) Higher Education Degrees – The Indiana Afterschool Network, building on the work of the Journey and the Indiana Youth Services Association, has helped to create youth worker degree pathways at universities around the state.


Ivy Tech
Many Ivy Tech campuses around the state offer the Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science in Human Services through Department of Public and Social Services – Indiana Youth Development Professional Program.  This certificate prepares you for national certification.

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Youth Physical Wellness Programming Certificate through Department of Kinesiology in School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.


Indiana University Bloomington
Bachelors of Science in Applied Health Science, Major in Youth Development & Leadership through School of Public Health, Applied Health Science.  This degree prepares you for national certification.

Purdue University
Bachelors of Science in Human Services through College of Health and Human Sciences

Ball State University
Bachelors of Science in Family Studies through College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Indiana State University
Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership with the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential, Recreation and Nonprofit Leadership Program in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport in the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services

Butler University
Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in Youth and Community Development (YCD) through the College of Education. Majors are required to pursue CYC-A certification.