The Mission of the USJ MSW Program is to prepare social work students for clinical practice in community-based settings. The program will produce graduates who are guided by professional ethics and standards and who use culturally-responsive research and practice to promote individual and social change. Through the use of an innovative field education model in partnership with community-based organizations, students and faculty develop, test, implement, and disseminate evidence-informed practice to advance clinical social work. The MSW Program promotes services to diverse populations that improve individual functioning, strengthen families and communities, and promote a civil society based on human rights, social and economic justice, and peace.
The USJ Master of Social Work Program will:
The University of Saint Joseph Masters in Social Work program was granted Full Initial Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the October, 2016 meeting of the Commission on Accreditation. The initial accreditation period retroactively covers the MSW program’s Candidacy stage beginning in 2014 and is in effect until October, 2020.
In order to qualify for a master’s level social work license in most states, including Connecticut, applicants must have graduated from a CSWE-accredited program. As noted above, the USJ MSW program achieved Candidacy status in November, 2014. CSWE considers all students who graduate from a program in candidacy to have graduated from an accredited program once the program is fully accredited. * Thus all students admitted into the MSW program at its inception in August, 2014 or later are considered to have graduated from a CSWE-accredited program.
Each state has established licensure qualifications for social workers but states vary with respect to license requirements and which level of licensure is offered. We encourage students to consult the appropriate social work licensing agency to determine the specific requirements for licensure. It is the applicant’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all licensing requirements for the state in which he or she intends to practice. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the non-profit organization that develops and administers social work licensure examinations. Additional information about licensing exams and state requirements may be found on their website.
*The 2008 EPAS (Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards) Handbook, p. 44, states that once a program is granted accreditation, "...students admitted during or after the academic year in which the program is granted candidacy will be recognized as having graduated from an accredited program."
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