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.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (Last Completed 2-21)
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (Last Completed 4-26-2019)