Social Worker Degrees

Social work is a profession dedicated to improving the lives of people, groups, and society as a whole. Those who practice social work are highly trained individuals who have received the specialized training they need to help improve the human condition and bring about positive change in their environment.

Beginning in Social Work

If your goal is to become a licensed social worker, your education should begin with a Bachelor of Social Work. A BSW is typically the minimum requirement to qualify for a job as a social worker. It is possible to become a licensed social worker with bachelor’s degree in a subject other than social work, but extensive experience under the direct supervision of a social worker is required. A bachelor’s degree in social work lays the groundwork by teaching you the basic techniques, procedures, theory, and practice principles you’ll need to begin your career. The bachelor’s degree in social work will typically open the door to an entry-level position.

Entering Advanced Practice

An advanced degree such as a Master of Social Work (MSW) or a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) is typically required for positions in health settings, clinical work, or public and private agencies. A Master of Social Work can also open the door to supervisory, administrative, research, teaching, and staff training positions. Master’s degree programs prepare graduates for work in their chosen field of specialization and continue to develop the skills required to perform clinical assessments, manage large caseloads, take on supervisory roles, and discover new ways to implement social services to meet the needs of their clients.

Entry into a master’s program at the University of New England does not require a bachelor’s degree in social work, but courses in psychology, biology, sociology, economics, political science, and social work are recommended. In addition, a second language can be very helpful. Those who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited social work program may qualify for the Advanced Standing Track within the UNE Master of Social Work program.

Social Work Licensure

All states require social workers to have licensing, certification, or registration. The University of New England’s Master of Social Work Online program is accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), which is the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country. The program combined with CSWE accreditation is an excellent way to prepare for licensure and advanced practice, on your schedule.

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