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Child Advocacy and Policy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

There is an increasing demand for trained professionals who understand the complex challenges faced by today’s children and their families, many of whom lack adequate access to education, healthcare, and other basic services. Child advocacy professionals are prepared to help. 

They draw on an interdisciplinary knowledge base to represent the rights of children and families. A child advocacy professional can hold many different job titles. Our graduates pursue careers in non-profit management, mental health, social work, and other helping professions. Graduates work with state agencies, legal organizations, school systems, non-profit agencies, and other community-based organizations.

The  Child Advocacy and Policy bachelor is a 39 credit, 13 course major for those students who wish to work with or on behalf of vulnerable children, youth, and families, particularly, but not limited to, those residing in the public child welfare system and the nation’s broader social support networks (non-profits and NGOs). In their senior year, students at at Montclair State University must take a practicum (internship) in child advocacy and a senior seminar course. 

Career options:

  • Child Welfare Agencies
  • Child Behavioral Health Services (case management organizations, youth case management programs, and mobile response and stabilization units)
  • Prevention and Community Organizations
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Education Advocacy Groups
  • Victim-Witness Offices/Agencies
  • Disability Advocacy Groups
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Youth Mentoring and Development Programs
  • Supervised Visitation Programs

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Montclair State University is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Montclair State University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Child Advocacy
  • Ecological Systems of the Developing Child
  • Literacy in Child Advocacy and Policy
  • Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Children and Justice
  • Forensic Interviewing of Children
  • Public Child Welfare
  • Child Welfare Research and Evaluation
  • Problems of Childhood: Advocacy and Intervention
  • Practicum in Child Advocacy
  • Senior Seminar in Child Advocacy
  • Fatherhood
  • Children and the Law
  • Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy
  • Perspectives on Law
  • Legal Research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2
Recommended score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11132 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5566 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Montclair

  • 1673 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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