Children, youth and families are among the most vulnerable populations in our society, and their needs are great.

Add a Certificate in Child Welfare to your MSW and qualify for the license necessary to work with children, youth and families receiving services from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Earn a Certificate in Child Welfare at Dominican and acquire the skills and experience you need to make a meaningful difference in their lives. The graduate certificate is available to our MSW students. This is an option for undergraduate students in the BA/MSW program, as well.

Fieldwork is a critical component of our program. We offer a variety of settings, and you will have opportunities to develop relationships with at-risk children, youth and families.

MSW Program Overview with Child Welfare Certificate
  • MSW plus Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare: 60 credit hours including required fieldwork
  • Time to complete: 1–2 years as a full-time student; 9 months with a BSW degree as a full-time student; 2–3 years as a part-time student
  • Classes are conveniently scheduled: daytime, evenings and a few on weekends
  • Selected courses are offered online
  • On-site classes are offered at our campus in River Forest or at the University Center of Lake County, in Grayslake
  • An undergraduate option is also available
Our Faculty

You will study with top professionals and experts in wide-ranging fields, and their life experience will help them prepare you for successful fieldwork—and a successful career—wherever you choose.

Expand Your Network

Our classes are small and learning is team based, so you will get to know your professors as well as your fellow students. All will become key members of your professional network.

The Dominican Difference

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, we prepare professional social workers for globally focused, family-centered practice. Our mission guides us to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice for all persons including socially excluded populations, and to promote human and community well-being. Both our faculty and our student body are ethnically diverse, and the average graduate student age is 32.3.

For More Information

Please contact our graduate recruiting coordinator, Aracelis Sanchez, at (708) 524-6456 about the MSW plus Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare.

Undergraduates seeking this licensure should contact their undergraduate advisor.