The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 12-credit child welfare certificate prepares you to become an effective advocate for children who are victims or survivors of child abuse. The child welfare certificate is especially beneficial for those who wish to work in areas such as child protective services, foster care or adoption.
Coursework throughout this program will increase your understanding of factors that lead to child maltreatment, as well as how to work effectively in various agencies and systems to respond to such incidents. You may explore the youth crime problem and the juvenile justice system; better understand communication disorders, intellectual disabilities, sensory and physical disabilities, specific learning disabilities and emotional behavior disabilities; or study the evolution of the American family from colonial times to the present.
You must already be a student within the College of Education and Human Sciences in order to be eligible for this certificate program.
Personalized curriculum. The majority of the 12 credits required for the child welfare certificate are chosen by you. Explore a variety of classes and choose those that best align with your professional or career goals.
In-demand skills. Throughout the child welfare certificate, you'll learn how to integrate research-informed practice and practice-informed research into your career. Students learn to think critically and apply ethical principles in practice, helping shape you into a competent and experienced professional.
Courses from multiple disciplines — including social work, sociology, education, criminal justice and psychology — will prepare you to advocate for, understand and respond to situations of child maltreatment and abuse. With the majority of the program being comprised of elective courses, you can tailor your classes to best fit the career you would like to pursue.
What classes do child welfare students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Child psychology
- History of the American family
- Child abuse and neglect
- Youth crime and juvenile justice
Learn more about the child welfare certificate in the UWEC catalog.
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