2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Sep 17, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Master of Social Work (MSW)



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The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is designed to prepare students to provide services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. By selecting one of four concentrations focused on specific populations, students learn to draw from social work theory and methods to engage, evaluate, and intervene in the problems experienced by individuals, families, and groups. Skills gained through this program can be applied in schools, hospitals, private practice, social service agencies, and mental health clinics. Students have an additional opportunity to increase their knowledge by choosing an optional elective cluster in one of six key areas, and customized case studies throughout the program add perspective to the curriculum. In-person residencies and field experience also help prepare graduates to provide culturally and contextually relevant social work services in their practice, using mentoring, supervision, advocacy, and collaboration activities with their varied client populations.

Learning Outcomes


Graduates of Walden’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program will be prepared to:

  1. Develop a professional orientation and identity as a social worker.
  2. Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration of social work.
  3. Apply principles of advocacy that promote cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
  4. Utilize evidence-based research and critical-thinking skills to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse clientele.
  5. Synthesize and apply theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive social work practices.
  6. Apply knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Program Goals


Program Goals CSWE Competencies
Demonstrate the development of a professional orientation and identity as a social worker. (PG 1) Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Apply legal and ethical standards in clinical social work practice. (PG 2) Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Apply principles of advocacy that promote cultural understanding and positive social change. (PG 3) Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
Utilize evidence-based research and critical-thinking skills to inform practice clinical social work practice in meeting the needs of diverse clientele. (PG 4) Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
Synthesize and apply theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive social work practices. (PG 5) Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, and groups. (PG 6) Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Degree Requirements


  • 92 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (65 cr.)
  • Electives (10 cr.)
  • Field Experience (12 cr.)
  • Two Social Work Skills Labs (2 cr.) 

      (6-week hybrid: includes 4-day face to face)

Note: The following (tracks) are available for the MSW program:

  • Standard option (up to two courses/term)—This track is similar to most traditional master’s-level programs in which students either complete one or two courses per quarter.
  • Accelerated option (2 yr—Intensive course load)—This track requires students to complete two courses in the first quarter, while completing three courses at the same time in many of the remaining quarters.
  • Advanced Standing (requires BSW)—This track is for students who enter the program with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). They will begin the program with the introductory course that all MSW students take but then move to the advanced-level courses.

Curriculum


Skills Lab Requirements


  • Complete   after completing SOCW 6002 and SOCW 6101; required before entering SOCW 6500 - Social Work Field Education I. (Exception: Advanced Standing students can skip Social Work Skills Lab I.)
  • Complete   after SOCW 6510 and prior to enrolling in SOCW 6520 - Social Work Field Education III. (Exception: Advanced Standing students must complete Social Work Skills Lab II after SOCW 6002.)

Course Sequence


See the course sequence for each specialization on the specialization page.

Students must complete Social Work Skills Lab I prior to taking SOCW 6500 (field education course).

Students must complete Social Work Skills Lab II prior to taking SOCW 6520 (field education course).

Students may complete the optional third elective cluster course in either the 6th, 7th, or 8th quarter, which would be a total of three courses in either term.

Accreditation Statement


Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.

Note on Licensure


The Walden University Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as licensed social workers in many states. However, the requirements for licensure as a social worker vary greatly from state to state. Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of social work has its own academic requirements and issues its own license to practice as a social worker in that state. Additionally, students should be advised that the Walden MSW program is not designed or intended to prepare graduates for licensure as a school social worker; however, graduates might be eligible for licensure as a school social worker in their particular state of residence.

While Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for social work licensure or certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization, or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification, or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Program Data


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