The Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare Practice provides specialized knowledge and skills related to serving neglected and abused children and their families. The nine hour credit curriculum offers post-baccalaureate and MSW students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in the area of child welfare practice. Students who are admitted to the UK Graduate School and complete the certificate in post-baccalaureate status may use the credential as a foundational piece for the UK MSW program.
Child welfare practice requires professionals to be lifelong learners due to the complex and multiple factors that contribute to child trauma and maltreatment such as substance use disorders, violence, and poverty. Improving safety and well-being outcomes for children and families requires in-depth study of child welfare research, policy, and evidence-based practices. Child welfare professionals are employed across the nation and internationally. This graduate certificate is transferrable to other states and will benefit students who plan to practice beyond Kentucky.
Nationally, child and family social worker jobs in the U.S. are projected to grow 10% - 14% between 2014 – 2026 with 9,250 projected annual job openings (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Individuals who complete the certificate as an enhancement to the MSW degree or as an addition to their existing bachelor’s degree will enhance their knowledge for serving children in a variety of settings including public child welfare agencies, community mental health centers, hospitals, and non-profits serving children.
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|Personal Statement Upload Required||No|
|Writing Sample Required||No|
|Other Documents Required||An official transcript displaying a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a recognized foreign institution is required. The official transcript should be submitted at the time of application to the UK Graduate School.|
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|Spring App Deadline||January 22|
|Summer App Deadline||May 19|
|Fall App Deadline||August 30|
|Number of Recommendations Required||None|