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Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services

Purdue University Global's Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services is designed to provide students with the basic human services skills needed to serve children and families in need. Read more about the courses and content available in Purdue University Global's child and family services certificate.

Official Program Name:

Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This certificate program is designed for students who have an interest in helping others. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The coursework in this certificate program is designed to help you understand the skills that are needed to work in the field of human services, such as interviewing, problem-solving, and cultural sensitivity skills. The program is intended to provide you with knowledge of the human services degree programs available to you if you choose to pursue a career in this field.

You can have the opportunity to learn about the development of children and adolescents, including the developmental milestones appropriate at different age levels. This program can also give you the chance to acquire knowledge of client assessment methods that can be used to determine the services and interventions appropriate for different individuals. In this program, you may have the opportunity to learn how cases are managed in a human services system and to explore the tenets of sociology.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

43 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services:

The certificate in child and family services requires the completion of 8 major courses for a total of 43 credits. No electives or general education courses are included in this undergraduate certificate. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Child and Family Services Major Courses (43 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • Human Services Program and Profession
  • Applied Skills for Human Services
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Sociology
  • Case Management in Human Services
  • Child Welfare and Family
  • Studies in Child and Adolescent Development

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services may want to consider pursuing a bachelor's degree in human services or sociology. Completing a bachelor's degree might help open the door to more career options or help students who wish to pursue a career in a specific field of human services. Bachelor's degree options can include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Career Paths:

The Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services is designed to provide the key skills needed to work with children and families in the field of human services. The courses offered in this program could provide the necessary tools to support individuals through government programs or non-profit agencies. Some entry-level positions that could be pursued after earning this certificate include:

  • Human services assistant
  • Family support worker
  • Child advocate
  • Caseworker

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