Youth Work in Religious Settings Certificate

Educate and lead youth in a variety of religious organizations and contexts.

Earn your certificate in youth work in religious settings to equip yourself for teaching and leading youth in various contexts. This certificate is offered jointly with the Recreation, Tourism & Nonprofit Leadership program and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions. In this certificate, students will take classes about the ethics, philosophies, and history of world religions and learn the basic foundations of working with youth.

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Interested in the Youth Work in Religious Settings Certificate?

Contact us directly at:

Department of Health, Recreation & Community Services
WRC 203
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241

Phone: 319-273-6316


Sierra Ruden (BA '23) Financial Aid Counselor, UNI

This certificate really taught me to listen to understand, treat the youth like people and hear them out. So much is behind what they're feeling and observing now.

Lillie Fitzgerald ('25) Exercise Science major with Youth Work certificate

You get to learn about a lot of different aspects down to the basics of religion and world religion and how to talk to a kid so a kid would understand you. That would really help anyone who's going into teaching or wants to work with kids in general.

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This certificate requires 18 semester hours of coursework and has various elective options to choose from. Below are the courses you might take while earning your certificate in youth work in religious settings.

  • Religions of the World
  • Foundations of Youth Work
  • Faith and Reason: Philosophy in the Middle Ages
  • Prevention & Intervention Programs in Youth Work
  • Programming for Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership
  • Religion and Politics
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Religion in America
  • Planning Strategies in Nonprofit and Youth Agencies