Certificate of Proficiency in Child Advocacy Studies

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Credit Hours


Minimum of 2.5 on prior coursework

Classes Begin

Fall, Spring,
and Summer

  Start Any Semester

  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Spring


Learn how credits can transfer into our online programs.

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Tuition / credit hour $255.51
Fee / credit hour  
Library $4.16
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2022 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid

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Our online certificate program in Child Advocacy Studies (CHAS) gives class participants the skills and knowledge they will need to competently manage child maltreatment cases. This program is designed for professionals who have 60 credit hours from an accredited institution and meet admission requirements of the University of Arkansas.

The most compelling reason for front-line professionals to receive advanced training in child advocacy is to ensure that child maltreatment cases are properly identified with appropriate intervention in response. Students will learn to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, practice interviewing techniques, learn to effectively testify on a witness stand, conduct home visits, and plan comprehensive case management services for this vulnerable population. 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 the Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center. This certificate (9 hours) is designed to enhance practice for professionals currently working in fields that deal with child maltreatment and welfare or in any setting 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.

  • Nationally recognized faculty provide the instruction for the program.
  • For professionals who have at least 60 credit hours and meet U of Arkansas admission requirements.


Required Courses (9 hours)

  • SCWK 3013 - Child Advocacy I: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • SCWK 4013 - Child Advocacy II: Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment
  • SCWK 4023 - Child Advocacy III: Responding to the Survivor of Child Abuse


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.

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