UW-Platteville’s Child Advocacy Studies certificate program prepares you to be a trauma-informed professional who is prepared to respond appropriately to working with maltreated or at-risk children and adolescents. Our students come from many professions and disciplines including social work, law, and psychology.

You’ll work with course faculty, who are accomplished leaders in child advocacy who conduct cutting-edge, ongoing research, and bring practical expertise to the program’s materials. Our instructors have helped shape the certificate to provide a unique blend of psychological and sociological perspectives, closely examining both the process of assisting individual victims, and the broader civil effort to end child abuse.

The program consists of three courses that prepare students for the realities of child protection and advocacy. UW-Platteville’s child advocacy studies certificate program also adheres to the standards laid out by the National Child Protection Training Center, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The credit you earn from your certificate can be applied toward the completion of the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice.


A completed baccalaureate degree is required to qualify for the certificate program.

The online Child Advocacy Studies certificate is earned by completing nine graduate credits.

CRIMLJUS 7310 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
CRIMLJUS 7430 Victimology

Select one of the following:

CRIMLJUS 7880 Criminal Justice Internship (CAST Internship)
CRIMLJUS 7980 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (CAST Project)


  • Achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course
  • Complete the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Request a certificate from the Office of Professional Program Support within one year upon completion