Social Work

Graduate Certificate in Social Advocacy and Justice

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Lead Change and Support Individual, Family, and Community Resilience

EKU’s 100% online social advocacy and justice certificate allows you to leverage your passions and gain the skills needed to create meaningful change and positively impact the lives of others.

Program At-A-Glance

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18 Credit Hours

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Cost per hour

$611

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Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s work environment. Rooted in both theory and practical applications, our fully-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)*
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Multiple start dates
  • Full- and part-time options
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • 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

Career Opportunities

Social work is a versatile, purpose-driven profession that prepares you to positively impact the lives of individuals and families, as well as the performance of groups and organizations. A degree in social work can open doors to new job opportunities that can strengthen our communities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 11 percent through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth and compensation will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services. Relative to a number of factors within a community, the most competitive employers include hospitals, government agencies, and educational institutions based in urban areas.

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Curriculum

Our fully-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. Complete degree requirement information about the social advocacy and justice certificate is available in the University graduate catalog.

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.

JPL 812 – Leading with Political, Ethical and Emotional Intelligence (3)
This course examines leadership within the justice field, focusing on three competencies essential for effective, just leadership: political, ethical, and emotional intelligence. Understanding mindset/tactics associated with administrators that do/don’t lead with these competencies.

MPH 810 – Human Behavior Change (3)
This course examines selected theories and models of health behavior relevant to health promotion in individuals and communities. Students will analyze biological, psychological, sociological, and environmental influences on behavior, and evaluate strategies for health promotion.

SWK 845 – Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy (3)
Engages students as agents of change starting with policy analysis, formulation, modification, and evaluation at administrative, judicial, and legislative levels. There is an emphasis on personal and social empowerment to foster policies and practices that support a just society.

CRJ 802 – Violence Against Women (3)
This course provides students with a human right framework and cross-cultural understanding of violence against women, and efforts across societies to translate international knowledge into local justice for gender based violence and female victims.

Enrollment

Trevor Jenkins

Trevor Jenkins

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Trevor Jenkins for information about the Social Work Master’s Degree program.

Contact Info:
859-622-9959
Trevor.Jenkins@eku.edu

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 A May 1 May
Summer B June 1 June

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

Student Success

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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.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online graduate student on deployment in Afghanistan

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  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
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