School Social Work

The School Social Work Specialization is designed to prepare students for careers in school settings. The goals of the SSW specialization are to:

  • Prepare Masters level social workers who can help children and their families overcome barriers to learning through interventions in the home, school and community.
  • Enable matriculating students, graduates, and other qualified MSWs to meet the Education Professional Standards Board’s (EPSB) requirements for school social work certification.
  • Encourage communities to develop and maintain effective school social work services throughout the state.

The specialization is integrated within the Kent School curriculum. The MSSW at Kent is based on a 60-hour degree program for traditional students and 30-hour program for advanced standing students. Regular and advanced standing students will be recommended for SSW certification through the EPSB upon completion of the program requirements.

Program Requirements

  • SW 672 and SW 673: Advanced Social Work Practicum in an approved school setting (regular and advanced standing students only)
  • SW 630: School Social Work: Policy and Practice
  • EDSP 644: Applied Behavior Analysis
  • EDSP 540: Introduction to Exceptional Children OR EDSP 545: Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom
  • A student portfolio (Portfolio instructions)

Application Procedures

For new 30-hr applicants: You will apply at the time you complete your graduate application and should send in all materials from the MSSW Application Checklist in addition to the Curriculum Planning Sheet, technology agreement, admissions agreement,  education ethics statements, an updated resume and a brief 3-page essay discussing your interest in the specialization, need for professional development and potential contribution to the specialization if selected to gradadm@louisville.edu by December 15th.

For current MSSW applicants: Applications are accepted in December  with a deadline of December 15th (exceptions made as space allows).  Please allow for a few weeks for them to be processed.  All applicants should begin by completing the School Social Work Specialization Current Student Application.  Next, complete the Curriculum Planning Sheet, and read and sign copies of the technology agreement, admissions agreement, and education ethics statements. Lastly, submit an updated resume and a brief 3-page essay discussing your interest in the specialization, need for professional development and potential contribution to the specialization if selected. Submit all of these, along with a current resume, to msswhelp@louisville.edu.

Post-Master’s applicants: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but please allow for several weeks for them to be processed. All applicants should begin by applying as a non-degree seeking, post-masters student via a graduate application at www.louisville.edu/graduate. Next, complete the Curriculum Planning Sheet, and read and sign copies of the technology agreement, admissions agreement, and education ethics statements and send all of these to gradadm@louisville.edu. Finally, submit 2 letters of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work with children and can assess your potential to successfully complete the SSWS, a statement articulating your experiences with children and families and your career goals relevant to the completion of the specialization, an updated  resume, and an official transcript that confers your MSW. All of these documents should go to Graduate Admissions.

Upon acceptance into the Certificate Program, you will need to complete the online application to the Graduate School. It can be found at http://louisville.edu/graduate.  Be sure to apply as a Kent Non-Degree Post-Master’s student. Once this has been completed, email Admissions Staff at msswkent@louisville.edu to let them know that you have been accepted into the specialization and that your application to the graduate school has been completed.

Certification Application Procedures

Complete the CA-1 application, which can be printed from the state website at www.kyepsb.net under the Certificate Applications tab. Send your CA-1, all official transcripts for each degree granting institution, and your completed curriculum planning sheet to Andy Frey at University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, Louisville, KY 40292.

When you send your paperwork, make your payment to the Division of Certification http://www.kyepsb.net/certification/certquicklinks.asp.

 

For more information:

Dr. Andy Frey, Program Coordinator

Email Dr. Frey