Child Advocacy Studies
If you want a career working with or for children, a minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) may be a valuable asset for your future. Minors in CAST work in a variety of fields including social services, healthcare, education and criminal justice.
The Child Advocacy Studies program seeks to provide professionals working with children a common knowledge base for responding to child maltreatment through an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on field experience, ethical practice and cultural sensitivity.
Through their training in Child Advocacy Studies, students will become better equipped to advocate for children.
The Child Advocacy Studies curriculum focuses on experiential, interdisciplinary, ethical and culturally sensitive content that provides professionals working with children a common knowledge base for responding to child maltreatment.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program at Winona State University is to prepare learners who seek to advocate for healthy children and families by educating them with a curriculum that is interdisciplinary, experiential, evidence-based, and ethically and culturally sensitive.
- The CAST Program will develop learners who are prepared to advocate for healthy children and families.
- The CAST Program will provide an interdisciplinary, experiential, evidence-based, and ethically and culturally sensitive curriculum to learners at all levels.
- The CAST Program will foster relationships across Winona State University and the community.
- The CAST Program will conduct and review research to enhance the experience of learners and child and family advocates in the community.
- The CAST Program will routinely assess learning.
In the News
WSU's National Child Protection Specific Training Center, the first of its kind, is giving professionals the training they need to save children and be effective in their field.
Dr. Jodi Saunders
CAST Program Director
Gildemeister Hall, Room 201