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Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies

If you want to pursue a rewarding career protecting and advocating for children, the undergraduate Child Advocacy Studies Certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University was designed for you. With this child advocacy studies certificate, you can gain the knowledge and practical skills to work in entry-level roles in social services-type agencies. You can also apply the credits earned in this program to an associate’s or bachelor’s level degree program in a related area. Whether you eventually want to pursue a career in social services, teaching, or religious settings, you can begin your journey through this undergraduate certificate program.

Why Pursue My Child Advocacy Studies Certificate at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your undergraduate child advocacy studies certificate at IWU. The courses in this introductory program are taught by faculty with experience in child advocacy roles. We also provide a full system of student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this child advocacy studies certificate program. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this Child Advocacy Studies Program?

The courses in this child advocacy studies certificate are designed to help students gain introductory knowledge of child advocacy methods, career possibilities, and skills required in professional settings. Students benefit from 1:1 support from faculty who want to help them succeed beyond graduation. Course topics include introductory knowledge of children’s advocacy topics, such as poverty, malnourishment, global advocacy issues, and more.  

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Distinguished Faculty

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Tim Steenbergh, PhD

Professor

Dr. Steenbergh is a clinical psychologist who has served as a faculty member in the Division of Behavioral Sciences since 2003. He currently serves as Chair of the Division and teaches courses in Statistics and Abnormal Psychology. In 2016, he was named Research Fellow with the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College. Dr. Steenbergh has published research in the areas of addictive behaviors, medical education, and the use of mobile technology for the purpose of psychological assessment and intervention.

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What You Will Study in This Child Advocacy Studies Education

Coursework for this child advocacy studies certificate program covers how to:

  • Develop introductory knowledge of the areas of child advocacy that are most pressing to local and global communities
  • Create a goal for self-discovery and personal growth that can lead to a career in child advocacy
  • Prepare for bachelor’s level education in child advocacy or related fields of study
  • Apply the teachings of Christ to your approach to child advocacy and professional decision-making

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After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Social Services Staff
  • Church Staff
  • Para-Church Organization Worker
  • And many others


Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

Associate Degree

  1. Completion of 62 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Completion of at least 24 semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.0 or higher; major requirements as prescribed by each department must be met.
  4. Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.

Bachelor’s Degree

  1. Completion of at least 124 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a major GPA of 2.25 or higher or as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  4. Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

 

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024

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