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Degrees and Certificates at Cumberland

Degrees and Certificates at Cumberland

Child Advocacy

Child Advocacy

​​​Child Advocacy – Associate in Arts  

This program is designed for students who are planning to pursue a career in Social Services. Students gain the foundation courses and liberal arts background necessary to prepare for further study at a four-year college or university in the field of child advocacy.
Year 1
Fall Semester
  • CS 101 Introduction to Microcomputers or
  • CS 102 Applications on the Microcomputer - 3 Credits
  • EN 101  English Composition I - 3 Credits
  • CA 101 Introduction to Child Advocacy - 3 Credits
  • SO 201 Introductory Sociology - 3 Credits
  • CA 102 Child Development and the Ecological system - 3 Credits
Spring Semester
  • EN 102 English Composition II - 3 Credits
  • General Education Humanities Elective - 3 Credits 
  • General Education Mathematics Elective (Excluding MA 115) - 3 Credits
  • PY 101 General Psychology - 3 Credits
  • CA 103 Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare - 3 Credits
Year 2
Fall Semester
  • SP 203 Effective Speech - 3 Credits
  • HI 101 Western Civilization I or HI 102 Western Civilization II - 3 Credits
  • BI 104 Human Biology with BI 105 Lab - 3 Credits
  • ​CA 104 Children and Justice - 3 Credits
Spring Semester
  • General Education Diversity Elective 
  • GE 101 World Geography or GE 102 Cultural Geography suggested - 3 Credits
  • HI 201 US History I or US History I - 3 Credits
  • General Education Humanities Elective - 3 Credits
  • MA 205 Statistics - 3 Credits
  • Child Advocacy Field Work - 3 Credits

Total Credits 61​

Program Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes at the completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Identify common legal, ethical, and professional issues that emerge for children and their advocates.
  • Define and assess a vocabulary of concepts, conventions, and case law that will allow a more sophisticated level of discourse on these issues. 
  • Critically analyze complex, emotional issues based on an accurate understanding of the issues facing all parties involved and articulate their reasoning, beliefs, and feeling both verbally and in writing.
  • Identify and demonstrate how to apply a model of critical maltreatment issues and research. 
  • Recognize a child advocates own values and perceptions and the impact those values could have on their practice.
  • ​​Apply critical thinking skills to be able to be objective when working with clients. 

    For more information
    Lynn Lichtenberger, Ed.D.
    Dean of Business, Education and Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Engineering
    856-691-8600, ext. 1405​