Skip to Main Content

Printed on 5/24/2018

Child Protection Investigator

20-504-12 Certificate (C) 13 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Online

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Gain skills to aid the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and child predator cases. Learn how to collect forensic evidence of child abuse and how to interview victims and interrogate suspects. Your training will teach you the proper procedures for handling and managing child abuse, missing child or neglected child cases. These specialized skills can open up new opportunities for you.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Introduction to Forensic Science
Explores the applications of science in the field of crime scene management from the crime scene to the courtroom and beyond. Students will focus on the examination and reconstruction of various crime scenes with the emphasis on the identification, collection, documentation and preservation of physical evidence.
Prereq: ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score 83 or greater and Reading score 54 or greater or completion of program prep courses OR not pursuing a degree. Coreq: A.C.E. (94900315) for Forensic Science students only
Criminal Deviant Behavior
Designed as a critical examination of the nature and extent of deviant behavior in our societies. Particular attention will be given to the causes and consequences of deviant behavior and to the social relations and processes associated with the more common forms of deviant and criminal expression within American society. In-depth study of sexual abuse of children by situational and preferential molesters. Case examples will be discussed.
Investigation of Child Abuse
Examines, studies and researches the different types of child abuse that exist within our society. Pivotal to this course will be the multiple causes of child abuse and identifying the dynamics of child abuse, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect, mental harm, child fatality, abducted children and Internet child exploitation. Major emphasis is on identifying the suspect or primary care provider and understanding the implementation of an effective protocol and multidisciplinary team approach that is the basis for an effective investigation of any child abuse case.
Forensic Application Child Abuse Investigations
Explores the role of forensics and scientific crime scene investigation of child abuse cases. Emphasis is on identification and detection methods and the collection and gathering of evidence. This course also examines cybercrime and legal considerations facing law enforcement and cyber-security professionals in dealing with discovering, investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes within child abuse.
Juvenile Procedures
Describe the juvenile justice system; describe how juveniles in need of protection or services or delinquent are handled; identify constitutional law issues relevant to juveniles; analyze the role of law enforcement and other agencies in responding to and investigating child maltreatment; and recognize the unique investigative issues for missing children.
Prereq: Criminal Procedures 10504208 OR enrolled in Child Protection Investigator certificate

Tell Me More

Thank you for your interest in Fox Valley Tech. Still have questions about our programs? Fill out this short form.


Tell Me More

To better assist you, please tell us which of the following best describes you.


Tell Me More

66% Complete

Tell Me More



Thank you!
Your request has been
successfully submitted

A specialist from our team will be in touch with you shortly. In the meantime, check out our upcoming events and the latest news at:

A specialist from our team will be in touch with you shortly. In the meantime, you may wish to check out our videos, digital viewbook and international webpage for more information.

A specialist from our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Many answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the MyFVTC area of the website.

You may wish to bookmark and refer to this section in the future for the quickest answers.