May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Child Advocacy Studies Graduate Certificate

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences  
Department: School of Social Work
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The Child Advocacy Studies Graduate Certificate will prepare the student for work in the child welfare field, especially in the area of child protective services.  The Certificate is interdisciplinary and comprised of three courses, one each from social work, criminology and public health.  The courses offer a broad perspective of the problem of child maltreatment, a trauma-informed approach to working with victims, and an overview of professional and system responses to individual, family and community violence.  The Certificate is designed to be interactive, including simulations, and has been approved by the ZeroAbuse Project’s Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) program. 

Graduate Certificate Admissions and Process

Students must apply and be admitted into the Graduate Certificate to be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Certificate Director prior to applying. 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. University Admission Requirements, including English Proficiency     
  2. Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements     
  3. Application Process

Curriculum Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Graduate Certificate Time Limit

Five (5) years

Graduate Certificate Completion

For procedures to confirm completion of the Graduate Certificate, please refer to the website.