USC UPSTATE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY POST-BACCALAUREATE
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN CHILD ADVOCACY STUDIES
264 Graduate Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child Advocacy Studies is
designed to provide greater knowledge for professionals who are already
working in the child protection field or to provide education for individuals
who are preparing for a career in this area. Students completing the Post-
Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child Advocacy Studies will be well
equipped to work in healthcare, criminal justice, and social service fields as
they advocate on behalf of children and the families they serve.
Graduates of this program will have a strong understanding of the theoretical
and environmental issues that surround child abuse, evidence-based
intervention strategies, and multidisciplinary approaches to prevention,
advocacy, and treatment of child maltreatment victims and survivors. This
curriculum is experiential and multi-disciplinary with an emphasis on ethical
and legal responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. The multidisciplinary
framework enhances professional skills in a variety of settings including
law enforcement, behavioral health, healthcare, law, and education. This
is a non-degree post-baccalaureate certificate program.
Criminal Background Checks
Applicants must submit a current criminal background check (SLED), conducted
within the previous sixty days, with their application for the Post-
Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child Advocacy Studies. The applicant
assumes the cost of the SLED background check. Due to the sensitive nature
of the subject matter and limitations on employment in the field, applicants
who have been found guilty, plead guilty, or have plead no contest
to any crime against a child, any crime of a sexual nature, or any crime
involving violence, will be scrutinized carefully by the Post-Baccalaureate
Certificate Program in Child Advocacy Studies Admissions Committee.
Enrollment in the CAST 699 Child Advocacy Project/Internship requires a
second SLED background report and a Department of Social Services Central
Registry background check. The internship applicant will also provide
a professional credentials/licensing status check if applicable.
Certificate Candidate Admission Criteria
Individuals seeking admission to USC Upstate Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Program in Child Advocacy Studies will be considered for full admission
when the USC Upstate Admissions Office receives all admissions
materials. All admission decisions are made by the Child Advocacy Studies
Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child
Advocacy Studies requires:
1. Submission of the USC Upstate non-degree seeking application, application
fee, residency form with all requested information and supporting
2. Submission of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child
Advocacy Studies application form available from the Child Advocacy
Studies Program office (CASB114).
3. A Baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a
regional accrediting agency as supported by the submission of official
4. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in the last 60 hours of academic work
is preferred; however, a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0-point scale in the last 60
hours of academic work is acceptable. Demonstrated field experience
may override the GPA requirement.
5. Submission of two letters of recommendation using forms provided in
the application packet.
6. Submission of a personal statement that describes career goals and
how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies will
7. Submission of a current criminal background check.
8. Proof of immunization for measles (rubella) and German measles (rubeola)
if born after December 31, 1956.
Applicants Not Seeking a Certificate
Students wishing to enroll in graduate courses in Child Advocacy Studies
but who do not wish to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Child
Advocacy Studies at USC Upstate must submit the following admission
1. Application for Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students.
2. Residency form with all requested information and supporting documents.
3. Application fee.
4. Submission of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child Advocacy
Studies office (CASB114).
5. Submission of a current criminal background check.
6. Proof of immunization for measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella)
if born after Dec. 31, 1956.
Certificate Program Requirements
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Child Advocacy Studies requires
successful completion of the fifteen-hour (15) core interdisciplinary
curriculum, including a field project or internship. A final minimum grade
point average of 3.0 (B) is required for the certificate program and a minimum
grade of C is required in all graduate courses.