Certificate in Youth Ministry

The Certificate in Youth Ministry is designed for people who wish to develop their understanding of and skills in evangelism and ministry with adolescents.

Certificate Description

24 Quarter Units


This certificate provides a way for students who may not be able to commit to a full degree an opportunity to study some basic insights into the dynamics of youth ministry.

Typical Students

Many students are currently working with youth in a church or on a college campus.

Normal Progression

The Certificate in Youth Ministry can be earned within an academic year. However, many students pursue the program on a part-time basis and thereby extend their study over a longer period of time. In addition to the ten-week daytime schedule, campus courses are also offered in the evenings and as intensives, allowing for even more flexibility.


This certificate prepares students for work in youth ministry in local churches, parachurch organizations, or in high school and college groups.

Further Studies

Classes taken for this certificate can be used toward a master’s degree.


The Certificate in Youth Ministry is overseen by Fuller’s Institute of Youth Ministry at Fuller Colorado, and can be earned in Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle—in coordination with attending two specific seminars at the tri-annual National Youth Workers Convention.

Online Options

Students may take any course through Distributed Learning that meets the requirements of this certificate.

Curriculum (24 units)

YF500 Foundations of Youth Ministry

YF502 Leadership in Youth Ministry

YF503 Youth Outreach and Evangelism

Any Biblical Studies Elective Course (4 units)

Youth Ministry Practica (4 units)

School of Theology Elective (4 units)

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