Child Advocacy Studies

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Program Information

Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) is for people interested, or already working, in fields that deal with children. The program consists of three online classes that result in a 15-credit certificate. You will learn how to effectively contribute to the work of different child protection agencies as they advocate on behalf of child victims and survivors of child abuse.

You will be educated, trained and equipped with the skills needed to identify child abuse and neglect. Most importantly, you will develop the confidence to know how, when, where and to whom to report abuse, and to protect abused children from further harm.

Get real-life experience and training

Internships and contacts with children’s agencies in the area will provide hands-on experience and an overall insight into all aspects of child protective agencies and the duties those agencies perform. This real-life experience and training will provide enhanced job skills when you enter the job market.

Get a leg up on your competition

In an increasingly competitive job market, the CAST certificate program will give students enhanced job skills for working with children which may provide an edge when looking for employment or looking to move up the ladder.

Online classes

All three classes for the CAST certificate are taught online and are part of Shoreline Community College, accredited by the NWCCU. All students can receive support from Shoreline's eLearning Services department. Online classes are perfect for those who want the convenience of online learning, proven quality and great value.


Please review these estimated costs as well the detailed tuition rates. Books or supplies are an additional, variable cost. Tuition for WA residents is the same for online and on-campus classes. For non-residents, online classes are discounted compared to on-campus classes.

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Who will benefit from CAST?

People working in these fields:

  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Secondary Education
  • Nursing
  • Pre-medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Other Social Services

Why is CAST important?

  • In 2008, there were 873,879 cases of maltreatment reported. 
  • Teachers and school personnel reported nearly 17% of these cases.
  • Law enforcement personnel reported 16.3% of these cases. 
  • Medical and mental health personnel reported 12.6% of these cases.
  • Social services personnel reported 10.6% of these cases.

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Get started

Apply to Shoreline and begin the process leading to your successful completion of this certificate.