MA in Child Advocacy and Policy - Online

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

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

Credit Hours: 33 | Courses

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 myriad 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

As an alternative to the full master's degree, students may choose to apply for the post-baccalaureate certificate in Child Advocacy. The certificate includes 5 courses which can be completed fully online or on campus in 2.5 semesters.

The certificate provides students with the foundational knowledge to begin a career as a child advocacy professional and prepares students for future graduate study in child advocacy. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students may transfer all 15 credits towards the Master of Arts in Child Advocacy, in accordance with all related graduate policy.

*Currently, our online programs are available to students in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State. Out of state students from the states listed may be eligible to pursue the M.A. in Educational Leadership as degree-only (without NJ certifications). Please contact the Graduate School for more information.