Social Work

Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Services


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EKU Online > Online Social Work Degrees & Certificates > Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Services

Become a Leader in the Family Services Field

EKU’s 100% online child and family services certificate allows you to leverage your interests and experience while providing the skills needed to work with children and families in educational, institutional, and human service settings.

Career Outlook

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where Have EKU Social Work Graduates Worked?

Social workers operate within a wide range of industries and perform a variety of job functions.

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Employers Include:

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Onefifteen Living via RI International
  • Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program
  • Blue Grass Community Action Partnership
  • Wooded Glen Recovery Center

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Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s work environment. Rooted in both theory and practical applications, our regionally accredited online programs blend academic and professional preparation through course topics such as human behavior change, crisis intervention, and alcohol and drug assessment and treatment.

  • Pre-candidacy status for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)*
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Multiple start dates
  • Full and part-time options
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members and their spouses
  • 75% of EKU degree holders find jobs in Kentucky, a higher percentage than any other university in Kentucky
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Expert faculty who provide interactive feedback and a collaborative approach to learning
  • Opportunities for practicum experiences to help you discover your calling and network with other professionals


Our regionally accredited online program is made up of the same high-quality courses and taught by the same experienced professors as the on-campus program.  EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as crisis intervention, addictions, and race and ethnic relations.

Degree Requirements

A total of 18 credits are required to graduate.

View the child and family services certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university graduate catalog

CDF 744 Child Development and Program Planning (3)
Theory pertinent to early childhood development and learning including constructiveness, socially mediated intelligence, multiple intelligence and creativity. Emphasis on emergent curriculum and teaching strategies reflecting social collaboration such as webbing, project work, and multimedia documentation.

EMS 777 Cultural Competency with ELLs (3)
The purpose of this course is to help educators develop awareness of the implications of cultural and linguistic diversity for school success as well as effective techniques for collaborating with immigrant students and families.

PSY 777 The Autism Spectrum (3)
Assessment, diagnosis, and intervention in autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. Conduct autism spectrum assessment and design interventions.

SWK 864 Child and Family Services (3)
Critical appraisal of societal values underlying services to children. Examines a range of social and child welfare services, impact of public policies, and interventions to support children and families.


Amanda Stoddard

Amanda Stoddard

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Amanda Stoddard for information about the Social Work Master’s Degree program.

Contact Info:

Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 1 August
Fall B October 1 October
Spring A January 5 January
Spring B March 1 March
Summer B June 1 June

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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