Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies Minor

The undergraduate education minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) is a new minor designed to give students a broad overview of child protection and advocacy including detection, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment.

The CMAS minor includes course work from several disciplines and helps enhance the professional skills of students planning to work in professions that serve and protect children including, but not limited to, counseling, law enforcement, health, research, social work, education, forensic sciences, child welfare, and law.

Students successfully completing the minor will receive formal CAST (Child Advocacy Studies) Certification. CAST is a widely recognized certificate that helps enhance competitiveness for entry-level jobs within child welfare agencies and it is beneficial when applying to a multitude of graduate programs.

Enrollment for the first course, CMAS 258 (HD FS 258) Introduction to Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies, is now open.

CMAS 258 (HD FS 258): Introduction to Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies

This course focuses on the identification, investigation, service, prosecution, and prevention of child maltreatment, as well as the treatment of adverse health outcomes for children who have been maltreated.


Students interested in declaring the minor should email Cheri McConnell at cln3@psu.edu to obtain appropriate information on coursework.

Please put CMAS Minor in your subject line, and include information about your

  • Major
  • Semester status

Additional courses may be acceptable, but need to be approved by the Education Coordinator.