Child Welfare Certificate

Certificate Overview

The KU School of Social Welfare’s Certificate in Child Welfare provides seniors in the BSW Program with specialized knowledge and skills to prepare them for a career in child welfare.

The Certificate in Child Welfare offers specialized training in social work practice with children and families who are involved with the child welfare system and provides a child welfare practicum as part of the experience.

What are the requirements for the Certificate in Child Welfare?

SW 601 Practicum - Practicum must be with an agency that is working with children and families as part of the child welfare system (5 credit hours each semester)**

SW 610 Multilevel Engagement and Assessment in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

SW 612 Multilevel Intervention and Evaluation in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

SW 634 Child Welfare - Protecting Children, Strengthening Families (1.5 credit hours)

One of the following additional mini-courses: (1.5 credit hours)

  • SW 635 Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • SW 637 Criminal Justice System: Abolish or Reform
  • SW 638 Responding to Suicide and Self-Harm

ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3 credit hours)

PSYC 104 General Psychology

** Practicum provisions

  • Practicums in the child welfare system are limited and will be prioritized for students pursuing the Certificate in Child Welfare
  • Practicums that meet the criteria for the Certificate will be assigned as opposed to selected by the student
  • As with any other practicum, students must successfully interview with the assigned agency
  • Students are required to attend a meeting with the Practicum Education Office for resume and interview preparation 
  • The Practicum Education Office will work to accommodate requests and match students to a practicum that meets their career goals

How do I apply for the Certificate in Child Welfare?

Academic Advisors