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When you choose to work with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, we see you. Child welfare is one of the oldest fields of practice, and today there is an ever-increasing demand for dedicated, qualified workers to enter child welfare settings.

The social work department at Cedar Crest College currently offers a 16-credit child welfare certificate designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work with this very special population. In particular, this certificate is designed to educate students for specialized training in the child welfare system. This certificate combines courses from the fields of social work, criminal justice and psychology to achieve this goal.

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Course Requirements

Core Courses (3 required)
SOC 321 Family as a Social Institution 3 credits
SWK 303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3 credits
SWK 304 Child Abuse Maltreatment and Neglect 4 credits

Electives (2 electives)
CRJ 202 Probation and Parole – Fall 3 credits
CRJ 221 Victimization – Spring (even year) 3 credits
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice – Fall (odd year) 3 credits
CRJ 306 Corrections: Crisis in America – Spring (even year) 3 credits
PSY 309  Psychopathology – Fall and Spring 3 credits
PSY 310 Forensic Psychology – Fall and Spring 3 credits
PSY 315 Child Counseling – Spring 3 credits
SOC 222 Global Social Justice 3 credits
SWK 203 Addiction, Assessment & Intervention – Spring 3 credits

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Cedar Crest College collaborates with several academic institutions to provide our students with innovative pathways that help them succeed in their chosen fields.

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The Cedar Crest College social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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