Issues such as poverty, homelessness, and drug and alcohol addiction can leave entire family units in need of services and support. Students in the Children, Youth and Families track in the online MSW program learn to work in direct practice with families, to help those in crisis rise above adversity and get their lives back on track.

Students in the online MSW program’s Children, Youth and Families track will study topics that include:

  • Child welfare
  • Child development and early childhood education
  • Adolescent and transition-age youth
  • Juvenile justice
  • School social work
  • Mental health


Coursework in this track focuses on neuroscience and evidence-based research, and the three courses in this specialization equip students to advocate for and intervene on behalf of children and youth in their social environments. Graduates with this social work specialization have the skills and knowledge to create service programs that support families of diverse backgrounds.

Career Opportunities

MSW graduates who specialize in the Children, Youth and Families track are prepared to work in a range of settings:

  • Foster family agencies and group homes
  • Juvenile courts and probation offices
  • Public child welfare agencies
  • Hospitals and clinics
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