Criminal Justice Program

Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate

The Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program is designed to provide professionals with awareness of child abuse and neglect.  This program provides students with a general understanding of the need for child advocacy and the moral and legal obligations for reported suspected child abuse or neglect. 

The program consists of four 6000-level courses:

  • SOCW 6700: Perspective on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • CRIM 6710: Profession and System Responses for Child Advocacy
  • COUN 6720: Advocacy for the Survivor of Child Neglect and Abuse
  • CRIM 6730: Guided Study in Child Advocacy Issues

The Child Advocacy Certificate, which is received when the four courses are successfully completed, is relevant for any individual who wishes to be an advocate for abused and neglected children. Professionals who might find this certificate useful include social workers, lawyers, health-care professionals and educators.

Students in the program must have at least a baccalaureate degree. They are able to take the courses by themselves or complete them along with other courses as part of a Criminal Justice Graduate Degree Program.

For a printable brochure about the Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate please click here.

For more information on the program, please contact Debra O'Connell, program adviser of Health and Human Services, at or 419.530.5421.


Requirements for the Child Advocacy Certificate Program

 Earned Degree: All graduate applicants applying for the Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate program must possess a bachelor’s degree (with a 3.0 GPA) from an accredited college or university.

 Transcript requirement:

The College of Graduate Studies requires official transcripts from all universities/colleges you are currently attending or have attended. (Only accept mailed copy)

Domestic Students:

  • Official transcripts are those sent directly from the institution to the College of Graduate Studies. (see mailing address below)
  • Transcripts not received directly from the institution will be considered unofficial.
  • Only official transcripts will be acceptable for final admission to the program.
  • Click here to request transcripts from your other institutions.
  • One Letter of Recommendation: One personal or professional is required.  Recommendation letter can be faxed, mailed or emailed to the address below.
  • Statement of Purpose: The Child Advocacy Certificate Program requires a Statement of Purpose (SOP) as a part of the admission process.  The Statement of Purpose should be a BRIEF (no more than one page) concise, and a well-written statement that would explain your interest, educational, professional background and experiences for admittance in to this graduate certificate program. The SOP can be mailed, faxed or email to the address below.

Note: All documentation (Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, Letter of Recommendation) needs to be submitted to:

The University of Toledo

College of Graduate Studies

2801 W. Bancroft St. MS 933

University Hall, Room 3240

Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

Phone: 419.530.GRAD (4723)
Fax:  419.530.4724

Last Updated: 11/29/17