CAST Minor Program at KSU

The Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) curriculum focuses on experiential, interdisciplinary, ethical and culturally sensitive content that will provide professionals working with children a common knowledge base for responding to child maltreatment. 

The program focuses on developing students’ understanding of the numerous factors that lead to child maltreatment, and of existing responses to incidents of child maltreatment. This focus will prepare students to work more effectively within systems and institutions that respond to these incidents. 
Students will learn about the various interdisciplinary responses to child maltreatment and will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the most effective responses.  

Want to know more about the purpose of the CAST Minor?

Advocacy Studies (CAST) | Zero Abuse Project. The Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Minor started at Winona State University in Winona, Minn. The curriculum brings the vision of Zero Abuse Project to reality by providing students with real-world experience in a classroom setting.

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For more information please contact

Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, Ph.D., CNP 
Department of Social Work and Human Services 
Wellstar College of Health and Human Services 
Kennesaw State University 
Prillaman Hall (Bldg 41), Room 3331, MD 4103
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144 
Direct Line: (470) 578-2878 
SWHS Office Line: (470) 578-6630 



CAST Admission

 Majors interested in applying for the CAST Minor will need to complete an application form and submit a background check and current resume. 

Application Review & Acceptance Deadlines

  • Applications submitted between August 1–October 31
    Notification by November 30
  • Applications submitted between November 1–February 28
    Notification by March 30
  • Applications submitted between March 1–June 30
    Notification by August 1


  • Minimum Institutional GPA of 2.5
  • Completed background check (fee assumed by student)**
  • Current Resume

Note 1: Students can take CAST courses as part of their elective offerings.

Note 2: Human Services majors have the option of completing CAST as an embedded certificate or a minor. If this pathway is chosen, upon acceptance into the embedded certificate program, HS majors must complete the DocuSign form. This form must be on file with the registrar’s office before the certificate can be awarded.

The required DocuSign form can be found on the Registrar’s website under forms.

for hs majors seeking the embedded certificate pathway only: registrar's form

Please note that:

  • The student must initiate the DocuSign form.
  • The student identifies an advisor and advisor email on the form. (Use Dr. Wade-Berg,
  • The form will route to the advisor for review and approval.
  • The form will then route to the Registrar’s Office where we will add the Embedded Certificate note in Degree Works.
  • The embedded certificate will be awarded upon degree completion.
  • A $15.00 certificate fee will be applied to the student’s account upon awarding of the certificate.
  • A transcript note will be added to the permanent record upon the awarding of the certificate.
  • The Registrar’s third-party diploma vendor will print the certificate which will be sent to the student’s degree petition address.
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