Child Advocacy and Policy Certificate Program - Graduate

Child abuse and neglect continue to be among society’s most pressing and preventable problems. For this reason, child advocates—trained professionals committed to the well-being of children—are in high demand. However, at present, many individuals working in this capacity are self-proclaimed child advocates. That is, they are dedicated to helping improve the life quality of children but do not have specialized training in the complex dynamics of child abuse and neglect. Increasingly, child advocacy also extends beyond protection to other domains of children’s lives, spanning multiple systems, including education, mental health, and juvenile justice. To effectively advocate in these areas, it is necessary to have an understanding of the child serving systems.

The Post-BA Certificate Program in Child Advocacy is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of the child advocate as seen through the disciplines of law, social work, and psychology. This unique perspective, encompassing these three areas of learning, equips graduates with the training that will enhance their skills in a variety of settings.

Upon successful completion of the Post-BA Certificate students may transfer all 15 credits towards the Master's of Arts in Child Advocacy, in accordance with all related graduate policy.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with a Certificate in Child Advocacy will be qualified to work in a variety of settings:

  • State agencies, such as the Division of Children & Families (DCF),
  • Child Assessment Resource Teams (CART),
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA),
  • Child Placement Review offices,
  • Community mental health centers,
  • Schools,
  • and other facilities where a child's welfare is a concern.

Program Requirements

Complete with a minimum GPA of 2.50.

CHAD 501Introduction to Applied Child Advocacy3
CHAD 502Child Abuse and Neglect3
CHAD 503Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy3
CHAD 504Children and Justice3
CHAD 505Forensic Interviewing of Children3
Total Credits15