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MSW Certificate in Promoting Child & Adolescent Well-Being  

The Certificate in Promoting Child & Adolescent Well-Being Certificate prepares social work students to critique and implement developmentally-informed interventions with infants, children, and adolescents, regardless of their practice specialization and across a range of domains and systems.


Students either choose to focus their coursework and internship experience on a single child-serving system, multiple systems, or a specific youth population.  Wherever they focus, they will develop and enhance skills to serve as change agents for children and adolescents in high risk environments.     

Some of these area of focus are:

  • Child welfare
  • Children's mental health
  • Education
  • Juvenile justice
  • Residential group homes
  • Health facilities, and other areas


MSW students take:

  • Four advanced year courses,including one of two certificate courses: Developmental Perspectives on Child Well-being or Adolescents at Risk
  • A specialized field placement focused on child and youth settings
  • Several approved electives focused on infants and toddlers, children, adolescents, and transition-age youth

Field Placement

Students also complete a two-semester field placement with guaranteed experience in a setting focused on at least one of the following areas:

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Pre-school 
  • Middle childhood
  • Pre-adolescents
  • Adolescents
  • Emerging adults/transition to adulthood

Service activity 

Students participate in one service activity or enrichment event during the academic year. These events may include:

  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Volunteer participation in a community event focused on promoting child and adolescent well-being

The certificate is now available to students enrolled in the traditional or the blended MSW programs. For more information about applying, please email

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