Child Advocacy Studies, AC - ONLINE Sample Degree Map

The ONLINE Advanced Certificate (A.C.) in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST), developed by the ZeroAbuse Project, provides a strong foundation for future professionals providing direct and in-direct services for children and families impacted by abuse and trauma.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Transcripts
  • Online Application
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Intent
  • References (3)

Enrolling in an advanced certificate graduate program at Fredonia will give you the opportunity to gain advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge. Studying with engaged faculty and participating in applied learning experiences prepare you to meet challenges and be successful in your profession. This plan provides a sample pathway to program completion, and it can be used as a guide and a checklist for program requirements. For complete information about this program, please consult the university catalog at:

Who to contact

Dr. Carrie Fitzgerald

Sample Degree Plan

Fall Semester

Course Credits
CAST 501 Child Maltreatment: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy 3
CAST 502 Global Child Advocacy 3


Course Credits
CAST 503 Professional and System Responses to Maltreatment 3

Spring Semester

Course Credits
CAST 504 Trauma-Informed Practices with Vulnerable Populations 3
CAST 505 Child Advocacy Research Studies 4


Our program focuses on developing students’ understanding of the numerous factors that lead to child maltreatment, and of existing responses to incidents of child maltreatment, in order that they may work more effectively within systems and institutions that respond to these incidents. Students will learn about the various disciplinary responses to child maltreatment, and will develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of the most effective responses. Students completing the courses in this program will be better equipped to carry out the work of agencies and systems (education, healthcare, criminal justice, social services) as they advocate on behalf of the needs of children as victims and survivors of child abuse.

The online CAST, A.C. is designed for students majoring in education, criminal justice, social work, sociology, psychology, medicine, law, journalism, or other areas where knowledge of child maltreatment and advocating for children might be necessary.

This Sample Degree Map is based on the requirements published in the University Catalog.

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