Professional Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies



The University of Illinois Springfield CAST program is designed to educate the next generation of front-line child protection professionals as well as those already working in the field.

The CAST curriculum includes core courses aimed at increasing knowledge of key child maltreatment concepts combined with experiential learning in a “laboratory” setting. The UIS Experiential Training Center provides students and professionals with the opportunity to experience simulated investigations, risk assessments and other scenarios encountered by child protection professionals.


The UIS CAST courses, beginning in the Spring of 2015, will be certified by the National Child Protection Training Center, Winona State University. CAST @ UIS is an interdisciplinary partnership between the Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and Education and Human Services and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Courses will be cross-listed in a number of degrees including criminal justice, social work, human services,
legal studies, teacher education and public administration. All courses will be 400-level and open to undergraduates and graduates. The three courses include:

  • PAD 481: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy
  • PAD 482: Global Child Advocacy
  • PAD 483: The System’s Response to Child Maltreatment

PDF Brochure for UIS CAST

PAD 481 Syllabus