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Graduate Certificate in Child Advocacy

1/9/2015 NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS

The Graduate Certificate in Child Advocacy is designed to provide professionals with the tools necessary to recognize and react to situations involving child neglect and abuse.

Collaboration between the UT departments of criminal justice, social work and legal specialties, and school psychology, higher education, and counselor education, allow the students to gain better insight into the many different issues of child neglect and abuse.

Throughout the program, students will obtain a new perspective on the need for child advocacy, learn how to identify maltreatment, and understand the moral and legal obligations for reported or suspected child neglect and abuse.

Students will learn:

  • To develop an understanding and awareness of child abuse and neglect
  • To recognize and react to situations involving child abuse;
  • How to recognize child abuse, and neglect, and subsequently report incidents to provide help for the victims
  • To advocate for the best interests of our community’s abused and neglected children.

Individualization of the certificate is provided through a guided study in child advocacy. Many students choose to pair a certificate with a degree program, discuss all of your options with your academic adviser.

The two-semester, four-course sequence credit program in Child Advocacy is a 100 percent online program that can be completed in two semesters. Courses are accessible “24/7” through distance education methods over the Internet. At the end of the student’s program, a guided study will give them the opportunity to concentrate on areas related to Child Advocacy that they would like to explore further.

Admission requirements:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) and FBI background check and fingerprints
  • Plan of study 

To Apply for the Program:

The Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate program is open to anyone with an undergraduate degree (with a 3.0) from an accredited college or university. After you have created a PIN and Login, please make sure you complete the "Grad App" for admission. To apply online, click here.

Many students choose to pair a certificate with a degree program. Those who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program can add this certificate to their current program by completing this form and submitting to the graduate studies office.

Current tuition and fees (select the current finance brochure)

Course of Study

Fall Semester

Perspective on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy

(SOCW 6700 – 3 credit hours)

  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the indicators for abuse and neglect and the child welfare system.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of child development, developmental milestones, and the effects of maltreatment on development.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of abuse and neglect of children from large systems.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of both micro and macro level child advocacy to improve child well-being.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of risk and safety assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the laws and policies pertaining to child abuse and neglect.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how culture, race, sexual orientation, and class are used to stigmatize others thereby negatively affecting child well-being.

Profession and System Responses for Child Advocacy

(CRIM 6710 – 3 credit hours)

  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of what issues survivors of child abuse and neglect bring to legal, education, criminal justice and health care/mental health providers.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the process for disclosing by survivors of abuse and neglect without violating constitutional or ethical standards.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the components and guidelines that relate to sensitive practice standards.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the laws and policies pertaining to child abuse and neglect.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of barriers and obstacles to reporting abuse and how to avoid these problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the available outside resources and support.
  • Students will demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Spring Semester

Advocacy for the Survivor of Child Neglect and Abuse

(COUN 6720 – 3 credit hours)

  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of what issues survivors of child abuse and neglect bring to health care/mental health providers.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the process for disclosing by survivors of abuse and neglect.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the components and guidelines that relate to sensitive practice standards.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the problems/issues that health care/mental health practitioners face when working with survivors of child abuse and neglect.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of what contributions health care/mental health professionals can have in a survivor’s healing and recovery process.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the available outside resources and support systems for survivors of child abuse and neglect beyond health care/mental health services.

Guided Study in Child Advocacy Issues

(CRIM 6730 – 3 credit hours)

  • Student who successfully completes this course of instruction will be able to analyze behavior.
  • Students will see the necessity of accurate, impartial, and professional interview.
  • Students will be introduced to various types of criminal behavior as it relates to sexual abused children.
  • Students will be introduced to the concepts of interviewing using a wide range of techniques and themes.
  • Students will learn the importance of obtaining and evaluating factual information by preparing for an interview, gathering and reviewing all known facts.
  • Students to will gain a clear understanding of the concepts of Behavior Symptom Analysis (Body Language) and how it related to interviewing children.
  • Students will be exposed to the various protocols in Child Forensic interviewing.        
  • Students will demonstrate their skills during a practical exercise and will be asked to conduct a proper Child Forensic interview using the techniques discussed during semester.
For more information about the program, view our informational brochure (PDF) and Fast Facts (PDF) or contact 

Debra M. O’Connell, BA
Program Advisor, Child Advocacy Certificate Program
419-530-5421
Debra.Oconnell@utoledo.edu or onlineadmissions@utoledo.edu

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