Key Initiative 5:
Child Welfare Certificate

A number of the College’s successful programs are related to the field of Child Welfare, including social work, nursing, education, psychology, criminal justice, and nutrition. The Certificate in Child Welfare is designed to enhance and complement those programs by providing the opportunity for undergraduate students in those majors to experience specialized training in the child welfare system, helping at-risk children and families, thus adding breadth and depth to their bachelor’s degree.

Students enrolled in the program will complete coursework in human behavior and the social environment, the family as a social institution, and neglect in childhood and adolescence, with elective coursework in child counseling, child and adolescent psychology, and the juvenile justice system.

Possible careers in child welfare include protective services: child abuse, maltreatment and neglect, foster care, adoption, family preservation programs, child custody and family court; maternal and child care, school counseling, group homes, and residential homes.
Social work students and criminal justice students enrolled in the certificate program will also complete their field education experience in a child welfare setting

This certificate will initially be targeted to the traditional students to meet the needs of incoming traditional students who express interest in working with children and adolescents, particularly students seeking the Bachelor’s in Social Work degree.


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