2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    Feb 28, 2021  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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The Bachelor of Social Work degree is designed to prepare students for service to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as social work practitioners. Each student in the program will complete coursework, skills training, and supervised field experience. Students will receive support designed to prepare them for ethical and competent practice as professional social workers who employ evidence-based practice. Walden anticipates that graduates will be prepared to design culturally and contextually relevant generalist social services in their practice, and to provide mentoring and supervision, advocacy, and collaboration activities with their varied client populations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Social Work program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the development of a professional orientation and identity as a generalist social worker.
  2. Follow and apply professional and ethical standards and values as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to social work practice.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to positive social change by advancing human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Utilize evidence-based research and critical-thinking skills to serve traditionally oppressed and disenfranchised populations.
  5. Apply theories of human growth and development to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  6. Demonstrate culturally competent knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation as a  generalist social worker.

Degree Requirements

General Education (76 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Elective Courses (25 cr.)

Students are to select 5 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education courses or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs These 25 credits of electives are in addition to the 20-credit general education electives.

Accreditation Status

Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work has achieved candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. 

Students who enter programs that attain candidacy in or after the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. Candidacy is typically a 3-year process, and attaining candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain initial accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Note on Licensure

Licensure for BSW-prepared social workers varies greatly from state to state. Each state licensing board responsible for regulating the practice of social work has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own license to practice as a social worker. In some states, the minimum academic credential required to obtain licensure to practice as a social worker is a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Currently, Walden University’s BSW program is not accredited by CSWE but is seeking candidacy status, which is a first step toward achieving initial programmatic accreditation.

Because no program can guarantee licensure upon graduation, Walden recommends students consult the appropriate social work licensing board in the state in which they plan to practice to determine the specific academic requirements for licensure. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to the state-by-state requirements for BSW licensure. However, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all licensing requirements for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential as a social worker.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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