Youth ministry programs prepare students to apply the lessons of faith to the current struggles of youth, and to have the ability to help shape the spiritual lives of children and adolescents. Schools that offer programs in the field sometimes confer associate's degrees such as the Associate of Arts in Youth Ministry. Programs may require internships and other practical experiences in counseling.
Students interested in working in youth ministry can earn an associate's degree to learn basic youth ministry principles and leadership skills through practical and classroom work. Most graduates go on to earn their bachelor's degree in a related field.