Child Welfare (Certificate)

Cedar Crest offers an interdisciplinary Child Welfare Certificate to provide the knowledge and skills needed to work with children and adolescents. This certificate is designed to educate social work, psychology, nursing, criminal justice and other related majors for specialized training for work in the child welfare system. Child welfare is one of the oldest fields of practice and there is an increasing demand for qualified workers to enter child welfare service settings. Possible careers in child welfare include: protective services, foster care, adoption, family preservation programs, child custody and family court evaluation, maternal and childcare, school counseling and school social work, group home and residential home case workers.

Students presently pursuing a bachelor’s degree are eligible for admission to the certificate program.


Dr. Kathleen Boland, LCSW, ACSW


Program Requierments for the Child Welfare Certificate

To earn a Child Welfare Certificate, a student must have a C or better in all courses

Course Requirements for the Child Welfare Certificate

Core Courses (3 required)

  • SWK303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment - 3 Credits
  • SOC321 Family as a Social Institution - 3 Credits
  • SWK304 Child Abuse Maltreatment and Neglect - 3 Credits

Electives (2 Electives)

  • PSY315 Child Counseling - 3 Credits
  • PSY244 Child and Adolescent Psychology - 3 Credits
  • CRJ301 Juvenile Justice - 3 Credits
  • CRJ201 Substance Abuse - 3 Credits
Last Updated: 12/3/10