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Certificate in Child Advocacy

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Through our Certificate in Child Advocacy, you will have the opportunity to study with one of the top Christian Education departments in the nation as you fulfill your Christian calling to love God and serve neighbor through public ministries of advocacy, organizing, and justice-making on behalf of children. In particular, this certificate enhances the public work of clergy and laity serving in community, social, or justice-oriented organizations, including schools, by engaging with foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology to develop skills for the practice of child advocacy.

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$425 per Credit Hour with Student & Technology Fees Included Earn Up to 15 Credit Hours that can be Transferred into a Degree Program

A Certificate in Child Advocacy will help you:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology in child advocacy
  • Reflect critically on the needs and practices of child advocacy
  • Cultivate skills for the practice of child advocacy

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
  Educating Christians for Social Change 3
  Introduction to Youth Ministry 3
  Christian Education Seminar: Child Advocacy 3
  Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy 3
  Christian Education Seminar: Literacy and Children's Books* 3

*You must complete Educating Christians for Social Change or Introduction to Youth Ministry before you can enroll in this course.

Courses for this certificate are primarily taught on campus during the fall or spring semesters. Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Educating Christians for Social Change (CE 520)
This course in Christian education considers the relationship between the church’s educational ministry and the ministries of social transformation. The course will examine personal commitments to social transformation, theologies of change, and educational skills for transformation.

Introduction to Youth Ministry (CE 510)
The aim of this course will be to broaden our understanding of Christian education and its role in engaging in spiritual development and faith formation with youth. This course will explore the human development and culture of today’s youth, the context necessary for spiritual development to take place, and various pedagogical models that can be used to guide youth from adolescence to young adulthood.

Christian Education Seminar: Child Advocacy (CE 824)
The goal of this class is to help persons understand that the lives of all children are of worth and value to God, and that we are called to remove the stumbling blocks that hinder a child from living the life that God created them to live. This class will explore child advocacy from a variety of perspectives, including theological, biblical, and sociological perspectives. Students will have an opportunity to focus on a particular area/aspect of child advocacy and seek ways to develop coalitions to advance advocacy and community response to children, youth, and families.

Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy (CE 661)
This course takes place every July and requires travel to Clinton, Tennessee. Join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders, and other faith-based advocates for children at Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Christian Education Seminar: Literacy and Children’s Books (CE 850)
This class will look at literacy and what it means in the life of a child. The lives of all children are of worth and value to God, and we embody that belief when all children see themselves and their stories in the children’s books they read. We will consider literacy and children’s books from a variety of perspectives including theological and sociological. Students will have an opportunity to consider literacy and children’s books from their particular interest or focus.

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

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FAQs

What is the difference between a Certificate in Child Advocacy and a Certificate in Christian Education?

A Certificate in Christian Education provides a broad view of Christian education and its practices for persons of all ages. A Certificate in Child Advocacy focuses on ministries with children and youth more specifically.

Where can I learn more about the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy?

You can learn more about the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy by visiting here


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