The purpose of the program is to prepare school social workers who meet the requirements for CSPG 87 School Social Worker, Educational Specialist Certificate PK-12. The School Social Worker, who is required to have a Master’s degree in social work (MSW), provides schools with the knowledge and competence required to provide school social work services for all students in grades PK-12 with a focus on preventative and/or problem-solving tools. The program will follow the PK-12 School Social Worker Education Specialist Program Preparation Guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for this purpose. Students interested in receiving the certificate will have a MSW, have a field practicum in a school setting and take existing specific classes in the departments of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership and Special Education. This certificate can be taken concurrently with the MSW program.
Social Work Requirements (12-18 crs.)
As part of their MSW course work, students will take (or will have taken) the following courses which are needed for the certification by PDE.