Child Welfare

Postgraduate Certificate Online
1024 USD/credit
1024 USD/credit
369 USD/credit
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The Child Welfare Certificate Program from Florida Atlantic University prepares master-level social work students for a career in working with abused or neglected children and their families.

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The Child Welfare Certificate Program from Florida Atlantic University provides a foundation of knowledge in practice, policy, and programs that impact vulnerable children’s lives. 

Students develop practice skills in areas relevant to:

  • Assessment skills considering children’s development, including Adverse Childhood Experiences survey
  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Family violence
  • Mental health concerns of child and families
  • Involvement with the dependency system
  • Specific interviewing techniques for children
  • Intervention strategies for children and families
  • Child welfare policy

The Child Welfare Certificate indicates the student has completed certain experiences to provide a foundation of child welfare. These experiences include completion of two specialized courses: a child welfare course highlighting the history and dynamics of the child welfare system, and a course focused specifically on the treatment of families involved in the child welfare system. In addition, students must complete an internship within the context of child welfare and two associated field seminars over their final two semesters.

Suggested Careers

  • Child protective investigator
  • Dependency case manager
  • Therapist
  • Foster care licensing and support
  • Child welfare policy analyst

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


12 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
61 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Evidence of English proficiency
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended are to be sent to the Graduate College.
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation: The Graduate College requires all applicants to graduate programs whose transcripts are from foreign institutions to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service.
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Completed health form from Health Services
  • Financial Certification Form I-20 information 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1024 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1024 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National

    1024 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 1024 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • In-State

    369 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 369 USD per credit and a duration of  .


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