Council on Social Work Education Accreditation
The Missouri Western State University social work program is in compliance with the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Click here to view the accreditation standards.
“The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.” Source.
Accreditation status for the Missouri Western social work program may be viewed here. Review and reaffirmation for the Missouri Western social work program is conducted every eight years and is next scheduled for 2023.
The profession of social work is a regulated profession at the state level. This means that the title and social work roles are protected. Various levels of licensure, along with scope of practice for each, are codified in the state of Missouri and are available for reference. For additional information, refer to the Missouri Committee for Social Workers here.
The State of Missouri and many other states require a degree from an accredited social work program in order to sit for the social work licensure exam in the state. Obtaining a degree from an accredited social work program and passing the ASWB licensure exam are the first steps toward applying for a social work license in Missouri and other states.
Accreditation and Educational Outcomes
As mentioned, the Council on Social Work Education’s 2008 EPAS document sets forth the standards for judging social work programs in this country. The four main features of an integrated curriculum are 1) mission and goals; 2) explicit curriculum; 3) implicit curriculum; and 4) assessment (CSWE, 2008). The program faculty members have formulated a competency-based curriculum as well as a program assessment plan, based on the ten social work competencies (CSWE, 2008). This plan involves the use of various assessment instruments that are implemented at targeted stages of the program. Per CSWE requirements, program assessment data is collected annually and is displayed on this website. For additional information on the 2008 EPAS document, click here.
Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work, B.S.W.)
|SOC 230||Social Problems||3|
|SWK 250||Introduction to Social Work||4|
|SWK 320||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I||3|
|SWK 330||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|SWK 340||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|SWK 350||Social Work Practice I||4|
|SWK 360||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SWK 415||Social Work Practice III||4|
|SWK 420||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II||3|
|SWK 480||Practicum in Social Work||10|
|SWK 485||Social Work Practicum Seminar||2|
|Applied Learning Research Requirement|
|Select one of the Applied Learning Research Requirement Options||9|
|SOC 400||Racial and Ethnic Relations||3|
|Select 3 credit hours from the following:||3|
|Gender and Politics|
|Psychology of Gender|
|Religions of East Asia and Oceania|
|Religions of the West|
|Religions of South Asia and Africa|
|World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies|
|Select nine credit hours from the following:||9|
|Introduction to Mediation|
|Introduction to Aging Studies|
|Mental Health and Social Work|
|Selected Topics in Social Work|
|Family and Child Welfare|
|Substance Use and Disorders|
|Death And Dying|
|Bridge to Practicum|
Applied Learning Research Requirement
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Business Statistics I|
|Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research|
|Introductory Psychological Statistics 1|
or any other approved statistics course
|SOC 460||Methods of Social Research 2||3|
|SWK 465||Advanced Research Project||3|
|or SOC 465||Advanced Research Project|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
SOC 460 Methods of Social Research requires a completion of nine credit hours in Sociology with at least three credit hours numbered 300 or higher.
|LAW 325||Understanding Research in Criminal Justice||3|
|LAW 405||Research Methods||3|
|LAW 420||Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice||3|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
NOTE: Students are expected to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct.
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division courses. Lower division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Earn a grade of C or higher in all SWK prefix coursework in the major.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.