Child Welfare (Graduate Certificate)

Child Welfare (Graduate Certificate)

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About the Program

The Child Welfare Graduate Certificate Program is designed to educate individuals interested in improving the quality of life for children and families vulnerable to abuse and neglect. In addition, the certificate will provide additional pathways of preparation for students interested in careers in public child welfare and will aid in increasing valuable resources toward supporting children and families vulnerable to child abuse and neglect.

Who should apply?

  • Individuals interested in improving the quality of life for children and families vulnerable to abuse and neglect
  • Individuals receiving the Title IV-E grant
  • Individuals interested in taking graduate courses at UNH with the option of applying credit toward a graduate degree in social work
  • Individuals interested in advancing their career options or in developing a new career focus

Contact Information

Christie Davis

christie.davis@unh.edu

603-862-2704

Contact

Department of Social Work
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1799
Email: unh.socialwork@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Students complete four courses for a total of 12 credits.

Select two required courses from the following:6
SW 805
Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Child Maltreatment and Child Protection)
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Leadership in Child Welfare)
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice)
Select two elective courses from the following:6
SW 813
School Social Work
SW 814
Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention
SW 860
Research Methods in Social Work
SW 870
Intimate Partner Violence
SW 974
Social Work Supervision
SW 975
Theory and Practice of Family Therapy
SW 979
Social Work and the Law
Elective courses offered online:
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Mental Health Aspects of IDD)
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Social Work and Spirituality)
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Understanding Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges)
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Forensic Mental Health)
SW 897
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Understanding Suicide: Assessment, Prevention and Intervention)
Total Credits12

Deadline

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Courses are offered in Durham, Manchester, and online but the program itself is out of Durham.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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