Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare

Qualification: Master's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 3 years part-time
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Awarded by: Charles Sturt University

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About this course

The Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare course offered by Charles Sturt University is the ideal qualification for professionals looking to gain an advanced understanding of how to advocate for, support and protect the rights of young people.

The syllabus covers key areas of social welfare for children, providing students with insights into the ethics of intervention, legal issues that tend to arise from child and adolescent welfare, and understanding children who face adversity. Elective units also give students the opportunity to study a broad array of topics ranging from human rights and mental health practices; through to working in child protection and understanding how rural populations are affected.

Along with core subjects and electives, students will be able to pick from three strands of study to pursue: coursework, research/dissertation and practice. If you’re passionate about helping young people get back on their feet, or protecting today’s youth, this is the course for you.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Hold a degree in a related field or discipline, or equivalent

OR

  • Have completed a Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) and possess substantial industry experience

Residential school component

The following subject may have a residential school component:

  • Counselling theory and practice

Areas of study

In this child and adolescent welfare course, the subjects you will study include:

Core units:

  • Vulnerability and the ethics of intervention
  • Understanding children from adversity
  • Human services research methods
  • Legal issue in child and adolescent welfare

Elective units – complete one:

  • Constructions of adolescence and their educational implications
  • Social work and mental health practice
  • Law ethics and human rights
  • Social work and social policy practice
  • Rural populations and places
  • International social development
  • Case management
  • Working in child protection

Choose one strand:

Practice strand:

  • Case management
  • Counselling theory and practice
  • Social work professional field education 1
  • Practice leadership in human services
  • Child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities

Coursework strand:

  • Practice leadership in human services
  • Child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities
  • Case management
  • Advanced social policy analysis and planning
  • Leading human service development

Research/dissertation strand:

  • Social work and human services dissertation
  • Social policy reading subject
  • Practice leadership in human services
  • Child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities
  • Case management

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How will this course advance my career?

Completion of this master’s degree in child and adolescent welfare will reflect your in-depth knowledge of child welfare and better position your career for the future. The course is ideally suited to case managers, counsellors, youth workers and social policy makers.

How else will I benefit from this master’s degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare from Charles Sturt University.
  • Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
  • CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

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Financial assistance

Courses that do not offer Commonwealth supported places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program.

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CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

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