Child Advocacy Studies

Certificate Program



This certificate was developed to assist students interested in pursuing a profession in which they will come in contact with children: case workers, teachers, nurses and other medical personnel, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, day care providers, and clergy, among others. The certificate is designed to help these professionals learn to recognize the symptoms and the effects of child maltreatment, practice interviewing techniques, and identify intervention strategies. This  certificate is open to all students, regardless of major. Students already enrolled in a degree granting program should seek guidance from their Academic Advisor or Certificate Coordinator to see how these credits correlate with their chosen major.


Core Requirements (9 credits)

SOC 425 Available Online Child Abuse: Recognition and Investigation

SOC 426 Available Online Responding and Investigation: Child Maltreatment

SOC 427 Available Online Responding to the Survivors of Child Abuse and Survivor Responses

Electives (6 credits)

Two electives are also required to earn the Child Advocacy Certificate. Approved courses are listed below. Students may be able to substitute courses from their degree program, depending on their major. Please check with the Certificate Coordinator.

Select two courses from the following:

Behavioral Science

SOC 302 Available Online Marriage and Family

SOC 303 Available Online Contemporary Social Problems

SOC 323 Law and Practice in Human Services

SOC 404 Available Online Available Online Human Traffiking

SOC 405 Available Online Social Deviance

SOC 464 Available Online Working in the Helping Professions

SOC 468 Available Online Case Management

SOC 469 Step-parenting and Blended Families

SOC 490 Available Online Internship in Behavioral Science

Criminal Justice

CRJ 318 Available Online Criminal Investigation

CRJ 469 Available Online Spec. Topics: Domestic Violence

CRJ 474 Spec. Topics: Victims of Crime

CRJ 490 Internship in Criminal Justice


PSY 215 The Family: Effects on Development

PSY 323 Law and Practice in Human Services

PSY 330 Available Online Infant and Toddler Development

PSY 331 Middle Childhood Development

PSY 332 Available Online Adolescent Development

PSY 333 Available Online The Exceptional Child

PSY 336 Available Online Child Development

PSY 375 Forensic Psychology

PSY 412 Crisis Intervention

PSY 481 Available Online Spec. Topics: Domestic Violence

PSY 472 Spec. Topics: Bullying

PSY 490 Internship in Psychology

Legal Studies

LES 323 Available Online Law and Practice in Human Services

LES 406 Family Law

Total credits for the CAST – 15

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.