About Our Department

The Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy at Montclair State University offers the region’s premier undergraduate and graduate academic programs that specialize in service and advocacy to children, youth and families. Our unique focus, small size graduate classes and distinguished faculty give students an unrivaled opportunity to prepare for work as career professionals serving children and families.


Our degrees are stepping stones to building a career as a child and family advocate, social worker, case manager, family therapist, mental health counselor, addictions counselor, healthcare social worker, school social worker or community organizer. Additional opportunities exist working in child welfare agencies, the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services, the Division of Prevention and Community, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Office of the Law Guardian (Investigators) and a variety of education advocacy groups, victim-witness organizations, disability advocacy groups, domestic violence programs, youth mentoring programs and supervised visitation programs.

Careers in Social Work and Child Advocacy

Image of a faculty member, Svetlana Shpiegel, listening to a student talking in a classroom setting.

Our Faculty

Members of our dynamic faculty include experts in psychology, the legal system and social work practice. Activities of the faculty promote the wellbeing of children and families and advance social justice for all. These activities include not only teaching and research but also policy development, interventions and community work.

Meet Our Faculty

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Contact The Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy
Dickson Hall 301