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Child Welfare

Child Welfare

Dorothy Seebaldt, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W.
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 338
Direct: (313) 927-1488
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Certificate in Child Welfare

Debra Hanselman, L.M.S.W.
Diane McMillan, L.M.S.W.
Dorothy Seebaldt, L.M.S.W.

Child Welfare

Adoption Services • After School Programs • Child Development Centers • Child Protective Services • Day Care Services • Family Preservation Services • Foster Care Services • Head Start Programs • Preschool Programs • Residential Care Services • Teacher Aide Services • Teen Parent Services • Transitional Living Services

Marygrove College offers a multidisciplinary certificate program in child welfare. This certificate is intended to provide education and career opportunities for individuals who have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework and are employed in direct service jobs focusing on the well-being of children and their families. It is also designed for professional practitioners with a baccalaureate or higher degree, who want to deepen their understanding of childhood development and are interested in developing specific leadership skills to work on behalf of children within the systems of child and family welfare.

To receive a certificate in child welfare, you must complete a minimum of 17 credit hours at Marygrove College. This includes 15 credit hours of required courses and two credit hours of elective courses.

The three-credit hour field experience in child welfare may be waived if, at present, or in the recent past, you are participating in a supervised work experience with children, or if the field practicum experience for your major is in a child welfare setting. In such cases, you would take another three credit elective course in the program.

Individuals who have knowledge and understanding of children and their unique needs are in high demand both in public and private child welfare agencies and programs. If you are currently working in, or interested in gaining employment with one of the many programs serving children that receive federal funding, you are/will be required to have at least some professional training in children’s development and their well-being.

Marygrove College’s Child Welfare Certificate program has been officially endorsed by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). This means that as of April 11, 2014, a Marygrove student who has successfully completed requirements for the Child Welfare Certificate and successfully completed all requirements for the BSW Degree, is eligible to waive portions of the State of Michigan standard Child Welfare Training Institute. If hired as a child welfare caseworker by either DHS, or a contractual private child welfare agency, such an individual will be able to forgo Phase I of the Pre-Service Institute training (4 weeks). This reduces required training by approximately 140 hours and enables the newly hired employee to begin actual work with clients 4 weeks earlier than those without the certificate. Therefore agencies are frequently interested in hiring those individuals who have graduated from a State of Michigan approved Child Welfare Certificate program. This could positively impact your future employment opportunities. 

The number of children for whom their developmental and/or welfare needs must be provided by persons other than their birth parents/nuclear family, is rapidly increasing and will continue to expand. As family demographics in the U.S. change, the number of children being raised in single parent, two working parent, blended, foster, and/or adoptive families is growing.  These diverse types of family structure greatly increase the need for care of children by persons other than the biological parent.

In addition to professional preparation, Marygrove’s child welfare program will provide you with skills to better understand the developmental needs of your own children, and it will help you to prepare for additional roles, such as those of a grandparent or relative caregiver.

If your major is child development, early childhood education, special education, social work, sociology, or psychology, you can enhance and combine your career preparation with a certificate in child welfare.


The total credit hour requirement for the certificate is 17 hours, including:

A. Required Courses
PSY 205 Introductory to Psychology   4 hours
BIO 141 Nutrition through the Life Cycle   3 hours
BIO 201 Ecology and the Environment 4 hours
SW 200A Special Topics: Substance Abuse   2 hours
SW 200B Special Topics: Working with Children and Families   2 hours
CD/SW 268 Child Welfare Policies and Services   2 hours
*SW 299 Pre-professional Practicum   3-4 hours

*To be arranged with approval of the director of the child welfare certificate program.

B. Elective Courses
CD 213 Infant/Toddler: Care/Education   3 hours
CD 223 Young Child Guidance and Parent Advocacy   3 hours
CD 326 Administration of Developmental Centers   3 hours
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology   3 hours
CD 350 Play Theory and Aesthetics 3 hours
CD 420 The Exceptional Child in Early Childhood Education 3 hours
SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity   3 hours
SOC 311 Deviant Behavior   3 hours
SOC 345 Sociology of the Family   3 hours
SW 200C Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness   2 hours