Child Advocacy Studies Certificate
The Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) certificate is designed to prepare students for the realities of child protection and serve the needs of learners specifically interested in professions that work directly with or among maltreated children. It’s specifically tailored for students who intend to pursue careers in law enforcement and as child protection professionals, victim witness workers, lawyers, school social workers and treatment providers.
The CAST certificate meets the mission of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to end child abuse in the United States. In recognition of UW-Platteville students' contribution to its mission, the NCPTC will recognize the UW-Platteville CAST certificate by including its logo on each awarded UW-Platteville CAST certificate.
To obtain a certificate, students must:
- Achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course from the certificate program
- Complete the certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.00
- Request a certificate from the Distance Learning Center within one year upon completion of the final course of the certificate
To earn the certificate, students must complete the following three graduate courses:
- CRIMLJUS 7310 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
- CRIMLJUS 7430 Victimology
- CRIMLJUS 7880 Internship in Criminal Justice (CAST Internship)
- CRIMLJUS 7980 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (CAST Project)