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Youth Services Certificate Program

Youth Services Certificate Program

The certificate in youth services is a four-course undergraduate certificate that provides students with the opportunity to explore a career in youth development and education. Students participate in hands-on experiences that are well supported by professional educators within local schools. Students engage in a transformative experience over two-to-four semesters and address student support issues in schools while developing essential skills and networks that prepare them for life and work after graduation.

As a college student, you will gain work-based experience, allowing you to learn more about yourself and your passions while also building skills and networks. 

Program of Study

SPED 115 - Introduction to Cross-age Peer Mentoring 
SPED 202 - Introduction to Special Education 
SPED 215 - Advanced Cross-Age Peer Mentoring 
SPED 498 - Internship in Special Education or their approved internship
View course descriptions in the BSU Academic Catalog. More+

Program admission requirements

Individuals who are currently enrolled in a Bridgewater State University degree program or in a degree program in any two- or four-year college or university.

Students must have completed high school in order to participate in the program.

Students may apply for admission at any time during the year.


Classes in the program are priced at the Bridgewater State University undergraduate per credit rate. The rate for the 2021-22 academic year is $1,329.75 for a three-credit undergraduate course, plus a $25 student fee each semester. There is an additional $25 fee per credit for online courses (courses with the "W" designation).

Applying for the program

BSU Students:
1. Click here to download the Program of Study Declaration form
2. Complete form by filling in the following fields:
Under the Certificates section, select Youth Services Certificate.
Select: I understand the certificate program selected may not be financial aid eligible.
Sign and Date Form.
Deliver form to College of Continuing Studies, Moakley Center, room 211 for required signatures. [Please do not return form to the Registrar's office.]

Non-Degree Students: (students who are not currently enrolled in a BSU degree program)

Click here and complete the Create an Account/Application

Contact information

For questions about the Youth Services Certificate Program, contact
Ashley Rodrigues, Assistant Professor, Special Education at


For questions about admissions, contact:
College of Continuing Studies or 508.531.2788