Catalog • 2011-2012

Child Welfare Certificate

For information contact Dr. Kathleen Boland, Social Work Program.

Program Description

The Child Welfare Certificate is a 15-credit certificate offered through the Social Work Program and utilizes courses from social work, criminal justice and psychology.

Program Mission Statement

The Child Welfare Certificate is an interdisciplinary certificate designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to work with children and adolescents. This certificate is designed to educate students for specialized training in the child welfare system. Child welfare is one of the oldest fields of practice and there is an increasing demand for qualified workers to enter child welfare settings.

Total number of credits required by program: 15 credits

Program Requirements

Prerequisites include completion of PSY100 prior to enrolling the certificate and of sophomore standing only. To earn a Child Welfare Certificate, a student must have a C or better in all courses.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (3 required)
SWK303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3 credits
SOC321 Family as a Social Institution 3 credits
SWK304 Child Abuse Maltreatment and Neglect 3 credits

Electives (2 electives)
PSY315 Child Counseling 3 credits
PSY242 Child and Adolescent Development 3 credits
CRJ301 Juvenile Justice 3 credits
CRJ201 Substance Abuse 3 credits