Forensic Child Psychology Certificate

Forensic Child Psychology

A 12 credit hour certificate in Forensic Child Psychology is available to undergraduate students of Missouri State University. The certificate is offered to support professionals in the fields of criminology, social work, medicine and other related specialties who must interact with children in a forensic setting (e.g., forensic child interviewers or law enforcement officers) or who are first-line service providers (e.g., teachers, counselors, social workers and nurses). Student will be trained in 1) general forensic psychology with children, 2) child abuse detection, assessment, intervention and prevention, 3) child abuse law, and 4) mandated reporting of child abuse.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted students must have completed 60 credit hours and have a GPA of at least 3.00 and submit a personal statement explaining their reasons for seeking the certificate and how the program will meet their professional goals. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the certificate.

Program Requirements (12 hours)

PSY 505 Forensic Child Psychology (3)

PSY 514 Psychology of Child Abuse and Exploitation (3)

PSY 557 Forensic Psychology: Child Abuse and the Law (3)

CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (3)

Assessment Plan

Post-graduation evaluations of students completing the certificate program will be conducted to identify rates of employment as well as satisfaction with the program including perceptions of preparedness.