Leadership in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health


The Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health is designed to provide a rigorous, empirically-based education to individuals who wish to apply leadership skills in work with public and private organizations serving children, adolescents, and their families. Students will gain a broad understanding of leadership theory and practice with a focus on developing their own leadership potential. The graduate certificate will provide students with tools and strategies for leading organizations that serve the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and their families in a variety of contexts including mental health, education, juvenile justice, and child welfare.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered fully online.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a field related to human services with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

Time Limit

Three years


No prerequisite courses for admission. Successful completion of MHS 6626 Applied Leadership in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is a prerequisite for MHS 6900 Applied Leadership II


15 credit hours are required for the certificate. There are 9 hours of required core classes.

  • MHS 6096 – Program Development and Implementation (3)
  • MHS 6610 – Financing of Children's Mental Health Services (3)
  • MHS 6626 – Applied Leadership in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (3)


Please select two of the following four courses.

  • MHS 6706 – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy (3)
  • MHS 6069 – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (3)
  • MHS 6027 – Creating Cultural Competence Behavioral Health Organizations (3)
  • MHS 6900 – Applied Leadership II: Contemporary Issues (3)
  • Other relevant elective, approved by the certificate director.

Credit toward graduate degree

The certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Sharon Hodges

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