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  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.) M.S.W. Certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being  

M.S.W. Certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being

The certificate in promoting child and adolescent well-being 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.    

M.S.W. 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

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

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

Students also participate in one service activity or enrichment event during the academic year.

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

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