Education


Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies Minor

The undergraduate education minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) is a minor designed to give students a broad overview of child protection and advocacy including detection, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment.

The CMAS minor includes course work from several disciplines and helps enhance the professional skills of students planning to work in professions or continue their education in an area that serves and protects children including, but not limited to, counseling, law enforcement, health, research, social work, education, forensic sciences, child welfare, and law.

Students successfully completing the minor will receive formal CAST (Child Advocacy Studies) Certification. CAST is a widely recognized certificate that helps enhance competitiveness for entry-level jobs within child welfare agencies and it is beneficial when applying to a multitude of graduate programs.

Requirements for the Minor

Students are required to complete a total of 18 credits. The core program consists of 12 credits of prescribed courses and students are expected to enhance their specific field of study by taking 6 credits from the supporting courses (for a total of 18 credits). A grade of C or better is required for all courses.

Special Considerations

For this minor CMAS 258 (HD FS 258) is a prerequisite for the prescribed courses. In addition, the supporting courses may have prerequisites.

Flexible

The CMAS minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to allow Penn State students majoring in any discipline to engage in the understanding of child protection and well-being. Supporting course selection may be influenced by the experience and educational background of the student in consultation with their academic adviser.

Eligibility

The minor is open to any Penn State student who is enrolled at the University Park campus and who has declared a major field of study (students from any department or college in the University are eligible to apply).

Contact

Students interested in declaring the minor should contact Cheri McConnell to obtain appropriate information on coursework.

  • Email: cln3@psu.edu
  • Phone: 814-865-2193
  • Office: 202F Henderson Building

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