The Master of Arts in Child Advocacy and Policy provides students an applied understanding of the role of a child advocate as seen through an interdisciplinary lens. Through the disciplines of psychology, social work, and law, the curriculum equips graduates with advanced knowledge and skills to promote the well-being of children and their families. The master’s degree offers advanced coursework with a particular focus on policy and practice issues relevant to vulnerable children and families including family empowerment, forensic interviewing, child abuse, families in crisis, child welfare and advocacy policy. Our graduates go on to pursue careers as helping professionals who work with, and on behalf of, children in a range of contexts and settings.
The program provides graduates:
- A comprehensive perspective of the field of child advocacy by emphasizing the interdisciplinary components of child protection.
- The ability to navigate the intricacies of the public child welfare system.
- Competencies in the methods and applications needed to develop as a professional in the field of child advocacy.
This is a 33 credit hour program and we offer the following tracks:
- MA in Child Advocacy – Campus Program Fall only start.
- Optional: Concentration in Public Child Welfare
- MA in Child Advocacy – Online Program This is a two year, year-round program. Courses are offered three terms per year (fall, spring and summer). There are two sessions per term and one course per session meaning students take two courses per academic term excluding the last term. Each course is eight weeks. Fall and Spring start offered.
Students from all 50 states are eligible to apply to our online programs. As a SARA state approved institution, Montclair State University offers distance education programs to students in the 47 SARA member states and is not subject to approval or exempt in the non-SARA states of California and Massachusetts. For more information, please visit NC-SARA.
- Online Application
- Official transcripts (BA/ BS)
- 2 References
Sample career opportunities:
- Child welfare agencies
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Office of the Law Guardian (Investigators)
- Education Advocacy Groups
- Victim – Witness offices/ agencies
- Disability advocacy groups
- Domestic violence programs
- Youth mentoring and development programs
- Supervised visitation programs
- Nonprofit and service organizations
- Division of the Children’ System of Care (Care Management Organizations, Mobile Response and Stabilization Units
- Division of Prevention and Community