Online Certificate of Proficiency in Child Advocacy Studies

Certificate of Proficiency in Child Advocacy Studies

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Credit Hours

  • For professionals who have a bachelor's degree and meet U of A admission requirements
  • Start any semseters: summer, fall or spring.

Estimated Cost

  • $246.12 Tuition
  • $2.77 Library fee
  • $10.48 Network & Data Systems fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2017 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Tuition & Fees Information  

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid

Offered by:
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Child maltreatment and advocacy issues continue to grow in scope and prevalence in our society. Our online certificate program in Child Advocacy Studies (CHAS) gives University of Arkansas students the skills and knowledge they will need to competently manage child maltreatment cases. This program is designed for professionals who have a bachelor's degree and meet admission requirements of the University of Arkansas.

The most compelling reason for front-line professionals to gain this advanced training is to develop a professional competency that may prevent a child maltreatment case from being mishandled or overlooked. Students will explore interviewing techniques, preparing to testify on a witness stand, conducting a home visit, and planning competent case management. Students will explore case studies and benefit from problem-based learning methods centered on current child maltreatment issues and research.

Child maltreatment and welfare are important areas of overlap for many helping professionals

  • Social workers
  • Child protective service workers
  • School-based counselors
  • Speech therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Attorneys
  • Criminal justice and law enforcement workers
  • Nursing and other medical professionals
  • Childhood development and education professionals

The School of Social Work offers the CHAS program in accordance with Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center.  Our program may be completed as a certificate (9 hours) or a minor (18 hours), and is designed to enhance practice for professionals currently working in fields that deal with child maltreatment and welfare or to help prepare students for future practice in various settings where child maltreatment is encountered.

A key strength of the CHAS curriculum is it emphasizes experiential learning and skill-building for helping professionals that can be immediately translated into practice skills in their various work settings, making CHAS students more marketable and proficient in the areas of child advocacy and support.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • SCWK 3013: Child Advocacy I: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • SCWK 4013: Child Advocacy II: Responses of Professionals to Child Maltreatment
  • SCWK 4023: Child Advocacy III: Responding to Survivors of Child Maltreatment

Application Requirements for CHAS Certificate:

  1. Meet the admission requirements for the University of Arkansas
  2. Complete 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education


Apply for Certificate

To receive your certificate, apply through the UA Connect Student Center. When you select the "apply to graduate" link, there is an option to select the certificate. There is a fee of $45 for your application. Once your application has been processed, you will be mailed a certificate to the address on record in your student file.

CHAS Minor Option

A minor in Child Advocacy Studies (18 hours) is also available online. This minor is for current degree seeking U of A students only.