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The child and family advocacy certificate provides training in effective advocacy at the individual, community, and public policy levels. Students will develop advanced communication skills in both writing and speaking, with an emphasis on instigating social change.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Communicate persuasively regarding marriage and family.
  • Effectively use social media channels to advance causes related to healthy marriages and families.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking about marriage and family.
Certificate of Child and Family Advocacy
Program Requirements
Certificates lead to associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about which programs this certificate stacks into, visit the Programs List page.
This is an advanced certificate. Prior to working on this certificate, you must complete Advanced Marriage and Family Functioning.
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Certificate
15 CREDITS
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Associate
60 CREDITS
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Bachelor's
120 CREDITS
Certificate of Child and Family Advocacy
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
COMM102
Public Speaking
3
COMM102  — 3 credits
x
Public Speaking
This course is an exploration of the fundamental principles and practices of effective informative and persuasive speeches.  This course examines basic elements of public speaking including increasing speaker confidence, ethics of speaking, audience analysis and adaptation, appropriate methods of delivery, researching supporting materials, effective use of presentational aids, and effective outlining and delivery of speeches.
FAML430
Family and Community Relationships
3
FAML430 — 3 credits
x
Family and Community Relationships
This course consists of ecological and gospel perspectives on providing family-focused prevention and intervention services and support to diverse families. Emphasis will be on communicating with families, empowering parents, developing family and professional partnerships, interagency collaboration, and accessing and linking families and community resources.
POLSC 110
American Government
3
POLSC 110 — 3 credits
x
American Government
This course consists of an English background of American institutions, colonial systems of government, the Constitution, and the evolution and adoption of government to the changing role of the United States as an industrialized member of the world of nations and the changing federal/state relations.
SMMBC160
Social Media Marketing Advocacy and Advertising
3
SMMBC160 — 3 credits
x
Social Media Marketing Advocacy and Advertising
Large brands are shifting their advertising budgets towards digital and social media. In this course, you’ll learn what social media advertising is. You will create advertising content using Canva and create and analyze advertising campaigns on various social media marketing platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat. You will also engage in social listening using Hootsuite and identify effective brand advocacy methods. This course was developed with the subject matter expertise and oversight of the LDS Business College (LDSBC). See the Course Sharing Policy in this catalog.
BUS374
Social Innovation
3
BUS374 — 3 credits
x
Social Innovation
Intended to help students become better disciple leaders by “Doing Good, Better.” Learn how to become a change maker and embrace some element of the social spectrum — anything from working for a non-profit to starting a hybrid or social business. Covers the broad spectrum of how individuals and organizations are solving the world’’s greatest problems in new and innovative ways. Understand the different ways to make a difference in the word when the opportunity presents itself to give back. Learn about the broad spectrum of social innovation including: non profits, social businesses, NGO’s, impact investing, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. Hybrid class; all course content will be completed outside of class.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment within the field of family studies and human services, these search terms may be helpful:

  • Child and/or family advocate
  • Case worker or aide
  • Parent educator
  • Social and human service assistant

Or, search for jobs requiring the skills obtained in this certificate, such as communication, innovation, conflict resolution, social media literacy, and leadership.

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Students who complete an associate degree in family history research may continue on and earn a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies.