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.
- 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
- A student portfolio (Portfolio instructions)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15th.
For current MSSW applicants: Please allow for a few weeks for them to be processed. All applicants should begin by completing the . 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 Procedure
Follow the following steps once your portfolio has been approved by the Program Coordinator (Debbie McMurray) and your official transcripts reflect your final grades (and degree conferred for recent MSSW graduates).
- Log in or create your EPSB account- http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=2
- Send Debbie your CA-1 form so she can make sure it is completed correctly.
- Once she has confirmed, or made suggestions for modifying you CA-1 form, submit your payment using Epay and load the CA-1 form and official transcripts from degree granting institutions to the website.
- Email Debbie a copy of your CA-1 form (as a single pdf file), UL transcript, and your updated curriculum planner (that you completed when you applied). In the body of the text, confirm the CA-1 form and the UL transcript have been loaded onto your EPSB account, and that you are requesting the Certification Officer at the College of Education and Human Development endorse your application.
- Debbie will then forward your email to the college of education certification officer. She will enter the online system and approve recommend you for certification.