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The Credit for Learning Program (CFL) is an innovative partnership between the University of Louisville, the Cabinet for Families and Children, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University. Child Welfare workers hired by the Cabinet for Families and Children must go through the required professional development training within the first six months of being on the job. The Credit for Learning program offers these courses at UofL, UK or WKU throughout the calendar year. These courses are graduate level courses at each university. Each worker has the opportunity to earn up to 9 hours of elective credit to be applied to their Master’s degree if they are accepted into the program. *conditions apply. The workers are required to earn a grade of a B or higher and choose to pursue their degree within 3 years of completing the courses. The classes do not follow the typical semester schedule but more of a professional development scheduling format utilized at the Kentucky Cabinet for Community Based Services.

The credit hours earned are non-degree graduate credit hours, which mean that an employee is not receiving credit hours toward their MSSW or MSW degree at that time. New or tenured employees interested in applying to either MSSW/MSW program at UofL, UK or WKU must meet the requirements for admission to that particular Social Work program. If accepted, these hours may apply toward their degree based on the individual university requirements.

The student incurs no personal financial costs. His or her tuition is paid to each university by the Cabinet/EKU via Title IV-E funds. In those circumstances where an employee leaves the Cabinet (resigns or is let go) but wishes to continue with the course, he or she may do so and reimburse the Cabinet since the Cabinet would have already paid the tuition to the Universities.

In 2012 the Supervisory series was introduced to offer additional training to the supervisors on the job. These employees are also eligible to earn master’s degree credit for the courses.