Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST)


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.

Note: Students are held to all prerequisite requirements; some students may require more than 5 courses to complete this certificate.


Core Requirements (9 credits)

SOC 425 Child Abuse: Recognition and Investigation

SOC 426 Responding and Investigation: Child Maltreatment

SOC 427 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 Marriage and the Family

SOC 303 Contemporary Social Problems

SOC 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

SOC 404 Human Trafficking

SOC 405 Social Deviance

SOC 464 Working in the Helping Professions

SOC 468 Case Management

SOC 469 Step-Parenting & Blended Families

SOC 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)

Criminal Justice

CRJ 318 Criminal Investigation

CRJ 469 Domestic Violence

CRJ 474 Victims of Crime

CRJ 490 Internship in Criminal Justice


PSY 215 The Family: Effect on Development

PSY 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

PSY 330 Infant and Toddler Development

PSY 331 Middle Childhood Development

PSY 332 Adolescent Development

PSY 333 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PSY 336 Child Development

PSY 375 Forensic Psychology

PSY 412 Crisis Intervention

PSY 481 Domestic Violence

PSY 472 Bullying

PSY 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Psychology Majors)

Legal Studies

LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

LES 306 Family Law

Total credits for the CAST: 15

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.