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Certificate in Youth Work Practice application requirements
Clark University's Certificate in Youth Work Practice is committed to building the field of youth work by integrating foundational and cutting-edge youth development theories with authentic youth work practice in the professional education of youth workers. Local youth workers co-created this program and the curriculum.
The certificate is open to anyone who is currently employed in youth work or aspires to be, including current Clark master's degree and doctoral students, as well as practitioners in the Worcester community and around the country. When we receive your completed application, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward your application to the appropriate admissions committee.
The time it takes for you to receive a decision will vary depending on the program to which you apply and when your application is submitted. Once a decision has been reached, you will be notified via email and your status in the application portal will be updated
The Youth Work Practice Certificate is open to students who have completed their high school diploma or equivalent, as well as students who have completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees. To apply:
Create an account on ouronline application portal to start your Clark Graduate School Application and upload any additional credentials as required.
Application fee: None
Submit a resume.
Personal statement: Please discuss your professional goals in the field of youth work. Include your current professional interests and experiences, as well as your long-range professional objectives. Please be as specific as possible about how your objectives can be met with Clark's Professional Certificate in Youth Work Practice and do not exceed 800 words.
Official transcripts: Have your transcripts mailed directly from the institution to:
Graduate Admissions Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
Two letters of recommendation
Monitor your application: Check the status of your application via the online application portal to ensure all of your credentials were received and view your final decision.
All transcripts that are submitted as part of your application must be translated into English prior to submission. Transcripts from international programs that do not include the original language and the English translation will not be considered for admission. If you submit an official final transcript, please make sure to include confirmation of earned degree.
We ask that all international applicants refrain from sending financial documents as part of their application for admission. Financial documents will be needed only after you have received an offer of admission and choose to enroll at Clark University.
After you accept the offer of admission and pay the non-refundable deposit, the following items are needed:
International Student Information Form
A copy of your passport
Bank statement that is no more than 6 months old*
Signed Affidavit of Support if the bank statement is not in your name and if you will not be using personal funds to finance your education*
Upload the documents listed above to your online application account.
*The bank statement and affidavit of support are needed for those who would like Clark University to issue an I-20 form (for students who want to obtain an F-1 student visa) or a DS-2019 (for students who want to obtain a J-1 visa)
Obtaining a student visa
After you upload the documents listed above, your information will be reviewed by Clark University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). In most cases, the ISSO will issue an I-20 or DS-2019 form so that you can apply for a student visa. The I-20 form or DS-2019 form will be sent to you along with detailed steps on the visa application process. Here is a brief overview of the visa acquisition process:
Read the I-20 or DS-2019 to make sure all of the information is accurate.
Information on photo requirements for a student visa can be found here.
Make sure to bring a copy of the following to your visa interview:
SEVIS fee payment receipt
Admission letter from Clark University
Financial documents that prove you have funding listed on I-20 or DS-2019
Documents that demonstrate your intention to return home after completion of studies.
Tuition, Expenses and Financial Assistance
Tuition and Expenses
The tuition and fees for this certificate total $6,000. There is also a one-time Student Services Fee of $200 for full-time students only and an International Student Servicing Fee of $200 for international students only.
Tuition rates are set for each academic year. Historically, Clark tuition increases approximately 3 to 5 percent each year.
If you have received a merit-based tuition remission award, you should deduct that from the total cost of tuition.
Health insurance is not required for part-time students; however, it is required for all international students. U.S. students may waive the charge with proof of comparable coverage. Learn more about health insurance.
Full-time graduate students are encouraged to live on campus if possible; thus, the chart above reflects the estimated cost of on-campus housing and living expenses (utilities, internet service, cable service and laundry). Learn more about on-campus housing options. If you are a full-time graduate student, and you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on the apartment and utilities you choose, whether you have roommates and whether you incur additional living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, tuition remission, partnerships or federal aid may be available depending upon the applicant. Please contact us for additional information if you are interested in financial assistance for this certificate.
How to enroll
We’re excited you’re interested in joining our community of scholars and practitioners here at Clark. Please use the following information as a guide to enrolling in the Youth Work Practice Certificate. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Step 1: Fill out the enrollment reply form
The first step to enrolling in any graduate program is submit the enrollment form. To do so, you’ll need to log in using the credentials established when you first started your application.
Step 2: Decide where you will live (full-time students only)
Clark offers several kinds of on-campus housing for graduate students, so you can take advantage of all that university life has to offer. The estimated costs on the tuition and financial expenses tab are based on graduate students who choose to live on campus, which is encouraged. If you’re interested in on-campus housing, you’ll need to read the Graduate Student Housing page, which informs about instructions, rates, necessary forms and how to submit the $1,000 graduate housing deposit to reserve a space. All Clark graduate housing options include most additional living expenses, such as utilities, Internet and cable service and laundry. If you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on which apartment you choose and whether you have roommates and other living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Step 3: Complete required health forms (full-time students only)
Massachusetts state law requires all full-time students who enroll in one of the state's public or private colleges or universities to be immunized against diphtheria; tetanus; measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis B and meningitis. To comply with state health requirements, you’ll need to provide documentation of your immunization history. We’ll provide you with the necessary forms as part of your enrollment package and we’ll need them back by July 1 if you’re enrolling for the fall semester and December 15 if you’re enrolling for the spring semester.
Step 4: Submit your final transcript
If you were still working on your undergraduate degree when you applied to Clark, you’ll need to send us your final official transcripts and certificate of graduation, if applicable, that show you’ve been awarded an undergraduate degree to:
Graduate Admissions Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
Keep in mind that your admission to any program is contingent upon receipt of that transcript.