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    Jun 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Children’s Mental Health Graduate Certificate

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This program is offered online.


USF’s Department of Child and Family Studies offers the Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health, with an emphasis in Systems of Care. This is an interdisciplinary program delivered through distance learning technologies. It is designed to provide a rigorous, empirically-based education to individuals in the behavioral health services field who wish to work with agencies and systems that serve children and families who have mental health needs. Students will learn to assist children at different developmental stages, within the contexts in which they live. Since background checks are the norm in the behavioral health field, students completing this graduate certificate may be required to submit to a background check before entering the workforce. In addition, courses including an internship may require a background check.

Course Location/Delivery

All courses are offered online.

Admission Requirements

Must meet University Graduate Admissions and English Proficiency requirements.  In addition, must also have: 

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field related to human services with a minimum 3.0 GPA, or be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution in a related field.

Application Process

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


Two of the three required courses must be completed before enrollment in the electives.


15 credit hours. The student must earn a “B” or better in each course for it to be applied toward the certificate. There are 9 credit hours of required course work and then 6 credit hours of electives.

Time Limit and Average Time to Completion

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

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