MiSAYD Certificate and Credential Program

A school-age youth development professional is an extraordinary individual who helps to guide youth to master skills, develop relationships, grow in independence, and move to new levels of thinking and understanding about themselves and the world. The Michigan School-Age Youth Development (MiSAYD) Certificate, Credential and the Core Knowledge and Competencies support quality programs for school-age youth by providing standards for training and evaluation. 

The Certificate and Credential programs represent the combined efforts of representatives from school-age and youth groups across Michigan to define competencies for youth development professionals in our state. The programs align with  National AfterSchool Association Core Knowledge and Competencies for AfterSchool and Youth Development Professionals

Core Knowledge and Competencies

  • Define what youth development professionals need to know and be able to do to provide quality youth programming.
  • Serves as the foundation for decisions and practices carried out by professionals in all settings and programs.
  • The core knowledge and competencies establish a set of standards that support the professionalism of the school-age youth development field.
  • There are 10 content areas ensuring a comprehensive approach. Each content area describes the knowledge and skills professionals need in order to work with youth and their families.
  • Each content area specifies ways in which professionals fully include youth from various ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as youth with special needs.

Benefits of Becoming a Candidate

Applying for the Michigan School-Age Youth Development Certificate is a commitment to professionalism in the out-of-school time field. Working toward the certificate can be a rewarding experience. It offers candidates opportunities to:

Be better prepared to work with school-age youth.

Appropriately support school-age youth in their development.

Create a professional development work plan.

Increase knowledge and skills through focused professional development.

Receive acknowledgement for education and experience working with students in out-of-school time programs.

Improve the quality of school-age youth development programs.

MISAYD Youth Development Credential &  Certificate Online Learning Program Online Learning Program Details:

The Youth Development Credential and Youth Development Certificate are both online learning programs as well as learning portfolio management tools. As a candidate, you will create an account of your own, you will take courses online. You can upload ANY other certificate or credentials that you have obtained through for online or in person training to manage your entire portfolio of youth development training, and you can report these to state licensing agencies* upon completion.

  • Best-in-class online learning through CollaborNation, a robust, nation-wide learning platform for educators
  • Easy to use online interface accessible from any device
  • Manage your entire portfolio of youth development training including certificates, credentials and online learning not only within CollaborNation but uploaded to the system from other programs you may have completed.
  • Access online learning at any time, proceed at your own pace
  • Mapped to required core competencies and approved by the National AfterSchool Association for nationwide portability of your certificate or credential . You can work anywhere!

You must be a MAA member to access these courses. Create your memberships here, then add the Certificate or Credential to your cart.

Not yet a member? Join MAA first! Individual memberships are $60/year until March 1, then they rise to $75/year.

Organizational Memberships:
Join as an entire organization; your staff can create accounts under yours with a code.

Organizational Rate - 5 Members
$350 for 1 Year
Bronze Partner - up to 10 Memberships
$650 for 1 Year
Silver Partner - up to 15 Memberships
$900 for 1 Year
Gold Partner - up to 25 Memberships
$1,375 for 1 Year

Already a member? Login here and select the Credential or Certificate

Click HERE: Credential registration $299 for 3 years:

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Click HERE: Certificate registration $35 for 3 years

You don’t have access to purchase this item. You may purchase the MAA Membership here first, then add the Certificate or Credential to your cart and checkout.

Non-Discrimination Policy

No person shall be denied the opportunity to apply for the Michigan School-Age/Youth Development Certificate or Credential on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or handicap.

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