Learn how to effectively contribute to the work of different child protection agencies as they advocate on behalf of child victims and survivors of child abuse. Students gain real-life experience and training in the skills needed to identify child abuse and neglect, report abuse and protect children from further harm.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
15 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Online, On Campus
Tuition & Fees

College Tuition & Fees

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $624.65 $697.60 $1,081.30  $1,514.00
12 credits (full-time) $1,331.78 $1,523.22 $2,252.72  $3,124.98
15 credits  $1,493.30 $1,687.05 $2,425.70 $3,308.25

*Amounts above are estimated tuition & fee costs and do not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs.
¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  1. Identify the historical trends in child maltreatment and advocacy, including practices related to multicultural and social justice issues
  2. Define the criteria for alleged maltreatment and describe the initial responses to child maltreatment by professionals
  3. Explain the civil and criminal laws involved in child maltreatment and how they impact the effort to protect children
  4. Identify the differences in system responses between civil and criminal proceedings and identify applicable laws, case work process and potential complications
  5. Demonstrate how to work effectively with individuals from different relevant professions and from a multicultural perspective
  6. Describe the investigative process and the roles of other involved professionals and identify the needed support systems for the child and family considering the context of family and child culture

Careers & Opportunities

This certificate should improve the skills and knowledge of students in the areas concerning possible child neglect and abuse and should enhance their ability to obtain employment in careers that involve working with children.

Potential employers include: Education, nursing, criminal justice, pre-medicine, psychology, social work and other social services.