Minimum Educational Qualifications Guide

Statute Language

Volume 7 establishes these minimum educational requirements:

This is an Accordion

Education Requirements

In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development.

Categorically Eligible Degrees
For the purposes of meeting minimum educational requirements, the following degrees obtained from an accredited university will be considered “categorically eligible,” meaning no review of transcripts is required – Bachelor of Arts and/or Master of Arts degree in the following areas of study: psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, child development.

Areas of study that will be considered to meet the minimum educational requirements as outlined in Volume VII:

  1. Psychology
  2. Sociology
  3. Social Work
  4. Counseling
  5. Child Development
  6. Criminal Justice courses relevant to child welfare: This includes courses covering topics in juvenile justice, family law, family conflict, general court procedures, interviewing techniques, dispute resolution, and mediation.
  7. Foreign language courses
  8. Anthropology courses relevant to cultural development and history, linguistic development, and communications. Physical anthropology courses do not count toward minimum requirements.
  9. History courses relevant to family and cultural development


Note: This is meant to be a guide to assist in assessment of qualifications and is not an exhaustive list. For a complete and accurate review of transcripts, please forward transcripts for review to the Division of Child Welfare Training Unit Certification Specialists.