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Youth Leadership Certificate Requirements

A Youth Leadership Certificate requires the completion of a baccalaureate degree with ten courses in Youth Leadership and cognate areas. Students enrolled in the program also attend the weekly YLC Small Group and the Canadian Youth Worker’s Conference.

Youth Leadership Required Courses (6 credit hours)

Choose at least two of the following courses:

  • YL3013 – Youth and Family Ministry
  • YL3213 – Evangelism and Discipleship in Youth Ministry
  • YL3223 – Ministering to Young Adults
  • YL3413 – Youth Ministry and Leadership
  • YL3423 – Youth Ministry and Short Term Mission

Youth Leadership Internships (non-credit courses)

  • YL2610, YL2620, YL3610, YL3620, YL4610, YL4620

Youth Leadership Electives (6 credit hours)

Choose two of the following courses:

  • BU3733, 4493*, 4773 
  • CO3413, 4493* 
  • ID4773
  • PS2223, 3813, 4713
  • RS3303, 3403
  • SO2213, 3043, 3213 
  • WM3063
  • YL3013, 3213, 3223, 3413, 3423

Note

*Since the Youth Leadership Certificate is a certification in addition to a Bachelor’s degree, internship courses are required above and beyond program requirements for the student’s degree. All other courses may count toward the baccalaureate degree if the student has electives available in their programs. This means that students will need to complete a minimum of 40 courses (120 credit hours) plus six non-credit courses in order to complete both a degree and the certificate.

Summary of the YLC Process

Year One:

Students interested in the YLC program may want to start attending the YLC small group and possibly take a Youth Leadership course. Their application for YLC program must be submitted by February. Those who are accepted will subsequently be paired with a mentor and hence a church or ministry organization within a reasonable driving distance of the university. Goals for the first year include getting to know the mentor and church and possibly visiting one or two youth events prior to the end of the university academic year.

Year Two:

For approximately six to eight hours per week, the student (now referred to as an Intern) will be involved in ministry at their internship site. The Intern is admitted into their Sophomore Internship (YL2610/YL2620).  Duties are to be agreed upon by the Intern and his or her Mentor. These typically involve Bible teaching, activity leadership, organizing events, small group leadership and one-on-one ministry. If applicable, Interns are expected to worship weekly at their internship site. A stipend is paid by the church amounting to $1000.00 per semester ($2000.00 per year). This amount is paid directly to Crandall University and applied to the student’s tuition fees.

Year Three:

On the basis of satisfactory academic performance, completion of the Sophomore Internship, the recommendation of the Program Director and their Mentor, students are admitted to the Junior Internship (YL3610/3620). This year of the internship typically involves serving at the same church for seven to nine hours per week. Duties are to be agreed upon by the Intern and his or her Mentor and are generally more demanding and require more responsibility than those of the Sophomore Internship. A stipend is paid by the church amounting to $1000.00 per semester ($2000.00 per year). This amount is paid directly to Crandall University and applied to students’ tuition fees.

Year Four:

On the basis of satisfactory academic performance, completion of the Junior Internship, the recommendation of the Program Director and their Mentor, students are admitted to the Senior Internship in Youth Leadership (YL4610/4620). This year of the internship typically involves serving at the same church for eight to ten hours per week. Duties are to be agreed upon by student and mentor and are generally more demanding and require more responsibility and leadership than those of the Junior Internship. A stipend is paid by the church amounting to $1000.00 per semester ($2000.00 per year). This amount is paid directly to Crandall University and applied to the student’s tuition fees.

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