Child Advocacy and Policy, MA - Online

Coordinator: Dr. Jason Dickinson
Office: Dickson Hall, Room 301
Phone Number: (973) 655-4188

The Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy (CHAD) is proud to present its exemplary program in Child Advocacy and Policy.

The Online Master of Arts in Child Advocacy and Policy offers students an applied course of study in child advocacy. As an emerging field, child advocacy includes an understanding of several disciplines: psychology, social work, and law. The master’s degree offers advanced coursework focused on family empowerment, forensic interviewing, child abuse, families in crisis, child welfare, and advocacy policy.

Briefly stated, this program aims to provide:

  • A comprehensive view of the field of child advocacy that includes both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary components.
  • A particular understanding of the intricacies of the public child welfare system.
  • Competencies in knowledge, methods, and applications needed for careers and professional development in the field of child advocacy.

What to expect as you move toward attaining your degree:

  • 3 terms per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 2 sessions per term
  • 1 course per session
  • 7 1/2 week courses
  • Blending of theory and practice
  • Interaction between your peers and faculty
  • Student support services including online access to library resources, Tier II technical support, and career advisement.

The 33-credit Child Advocacy program provides students with a comprehensive view of the field of child advocacy and the requisite skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a child advocate working in a myriad of settings.

Career Opportunities:

  • Child welfare agencies
  • Child behavioral health services (case management organizations, youth case management programs, and mobile response and stabilization units)
  • Prevention and community organizations
  • Court appointed special advocates (CASA)
  • Education advocacy groups
  • Victim-witness offices/agencies
  • Disability advocacy groups
  • Domestic violence programs
  • Youth mentoring and development programs
  • Supervised visitation programs

*Currently, our online programs are available to students in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State.