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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (code SW__BA01) (120 units)

The Department of Social Work offers, in conjunction with the general education requirements, a professional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW). The goals of the BASW program are to prepare students for entry level, professional, generalist social work practice and for graduate social work education, including advanced standing. Students learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with all size systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions).

Social Work majors should consider taking courses as electives or for fulfillment of general education requirements in the ethnic studies, women’s studies and gerontology programs in the Colleges of Health and Human Services and Liberal Arts. The Department can make recommendations concerning those courses which would be most useful to students interested in acquiring broader information closely allied to professional social work practice.

The field sequence has an integral role in the BASW curriculum providing an opportunity for the student to apply social work knowledge and practice skills in an agency based educationally focused field work placement. Students complete 450 hours of field placement (SW 495A/B) in their senior year for which they earn 14 academic units. Students complete 16 hours per week in an assigned agency placement. A variety of agencies in the surrounding communities are used, and the Department’s field faculty select the most appropriate field placement site for students.

Students can contact the Department's admissions office for academic advising concerning the requirements for admission into the BASW program.

Admission Under Impaction

The number of applicants to the Social Work program exceeds the number that can be accepted. For this reason, the Social Work Program has been designated as impacted by the California State University. Admission is on a competitive basis and is determined on the basis of meeting all of the following supplemental criteria. Applicants to the upper-division major must be able to demonstrate that they will meet the following requirements for admission prior to the semester for which the application is submitted:

1. Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.50: BIOL 205, PSY 100, SOC 100, ANTH 120, and a course in elementary statistics such as HDEV 250, MATH 180, PSY 110, or SOC 250. Applicants must submit a supplemental application to the department by January 20 for the fall semester. The application includes statements of biographical and educational background and a description of community and/or social work experience. In addition, each applicant must submit 2 letters of reference, one academic and one professional. The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission based on cumulative grade point average.
2. Submit by February 10 a Departmental application which includes statements of biographical and educational background, and a description of community and/or social work experience.
3. Submit two letters of reference (one academic and one professional).
4. Submit transcripts of all previous college work at CSULB and elsewhere. In determining eligibility of an applicant for admission to the program, the admission committee will consider:
A. All the information in the supplemental application;
B. All college/university academic work completed with emphasis on the prerequisite courses;
C. Documented exposure to the field of Social Work in a variety of settings such as work or volunteer experience;
D. An interview of the applicant (at the discretion of the admission committee)
E. Cumulative grade point average

Admission Under Impaction for Continuing Students

Students who indicate a Social Work major when they enter as freshmen will be assigned a pre-social work major code. Acceptance into the pre-major by the university does not imply or assure subsequent acceptance into the major by the Department. Students who are not accepted into the major cannot continue as pre-social work majors.

Admission Under Impaction for Transfer Students

Students must be eligible for admission to the university as transfer students and must apply for admission to the university no later than November 30 for admission the following fall. Students who are not admitted to the major will not be admitted to the university unless they have listed a second choice of major on the application form.

Additional Requirements

To be allowed to continue in the major, students must complete the following during the first two semesters in the major courses:

A. Pass Abnormal Psychology
B. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

Sequence of Required Social Work Courses

Full-time students will take the following sequence of courses starting with:

First Level (fall): SW 220, 221, 330, 350
Second Level (spring): SW 331, 340, 341, 351
Third Level (fall): SW 440, 442, 495A
Fourth Level (spring): SW 441, 465, 495B

Parttime students will take the following sequence of courses

First Level (fall): SW 220, 221
Second Level (spring): SW 330, 350
Third Level (fall): SW 331, 351
Fourth Level (spring): SW 340, 341
Fifth Level (fall): SW 440, 442, 495A
Sixth Level (Spring): SW 441, 465, 495B

All Social Work courses must be completed with a grade no lower than a “C” in classroom courses or a “CR” for practicum or field experience. If a student earns a grade lower than a “C” in a classroom course or a “NC” in a practicum or field experience course, the student must repeat the course and earn an acceptable grade before advancing to the next level of courses.

CalSWEC BASW Program

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) is a unique partnership between social work education and the publicly supported child welfare agencies. A goal of the CalSWEC program is to recruit and prepare a diverse group of social workers for careers in public child welfare. CalSWEC provides financial support to BASW students in exchange for a commitment to work in a public child welfare agency after graduation. The intent of the program is to strengthen and enhance the quality of practice by professionally trained and educated public child welfare social workers.

The IV-E stipends provide support for full-time students enrolled in the BASW program. A CalSWEC reimbursement program is available for part-time students currently employed with the County Social Services department that provides child-welfare or assistance benefits eligibility functions. All part-time applicants must provide a letter of support from their agency administrator/director. Financial supports for awarded part-time students will include actual cost of full tuition and fees, book costs as well as a travel allowance.

Application Process

Students must first be admitted into the BASW program. Students are required to submit a CalSWEC application. The application is supplemented with various questions designed to ascertain their interest and level of commitment to a career in public child welfare. Once accepted into the program students must undergo pre-screening for county employment including fingerprinting and participation in the criminal clearance process. The student is required to sign a contract to secure full-time employment in a public child welfare agency after graduation.

Priority is given to applicants representing diverse population groups currently served by child welfare agencies in California. Fluency in a high demand language is also given priority. Years of service and other child welfare experience also weigh significantly into the selection process. Students in the program must be U.S. citizens or have a permanent visa.

An Awards Committee, made up of representatives of the CSULB Department of Social Work and representatives of public child welfare agencies from counties surrounding the University, will review and finalize selection of candidates to whom the award will be offered.

Requirements

Students participating in the program must meet all the following criteria:

1. Successful BASW admission;
2. Maintain a C (2.0) average;
3. Attendance at mandatory seminars/trainings on specialized topics;
4. Have a valid driver’s license and secure use of a car as required for fieldwork;
5. Undergo pre-screening for county employment;
6. Complete required health screenings;
7. Fulfill work commitment upon graduation; Students participating in the full time program sign a contract to render two years of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a public child welfare agency. Students in the part time program sign a contract to render one year of full time employment in their home agency for each year of IV-E education support;
8. Students must reimburse CalSWEC if they are unable to successfully complete any of the program requirements.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Master of Social Work (code SW__MW01)

The Department of Social Work offers a professional program culminating in a Master's degree in Social Work. Our goal is to prepare students to enter professional, multicultural social work practice. Students learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with all size systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions). In addition, students are prepared for advanced, specialized practice in concentrations representing Children, Youth and Families or Older Adults and Families.

The MSW program emphasizes ecological and systems perspectives which focus on the fit and interactions of a person or system in relation to the various environments likely to be encountered. Within these perspectives, knowledge, values, and skills are used in a change-oriented process within a multicultural context to help individuals and social systems achieve improved quality of life and social participation, including advocacy for just institutions and equitable access to opportunities and resources.

In addition to the mission noted above, the MSW program provides an educational experience which does the following:

1. Provides knowledge of and experience with ethnic diversity, teaches skill in ethnic-sensitive practice, and provides motivation and skill to combat oppressive policies and discrimination. As such, the program actively offers opportunity for graduate education to students of various ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds who have life experience in bridging cultural gaps;
2. Contributes to the quality of social services delivered in the adjacent community (Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties) by providing an opportunity for advanced education to students who are already employed in the social services. These students may concurrently maintain employment within the social services and participate in the program to develop advanced skills in their area. Quality of services is also enhanced through close collaboration between the Department of Social Work and community service agencies offering fieldwork experiences and through the labor force of MSW’s educated in a program with multicultural emphasis and specializations which reflect the needs of our adjacent community as well as the needs of urban communities nationally;
3. Prepares social workers for leadership and specialized practice with a specific population group. The program maintains high standards and prepares social workers for the depth and complexity of generalist Social Work practice while being able to practice in a chosen area of concentration. Foundation knowledge, values, and skills required for intervention in a multicultural context are applied and developed through work within the area of specialization. Specialization consists of emphasis on a stage of the life cycle: either children, youth, and families or older adults and families . Specialized education is offered concurrently with basic foundation knowledge from entry into the program. Students are expected to have experience in the social services upon which to draw after entry into the program;
4. Teaches analytic skill necessary for reflective and autonomous practice and necessary for contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Social workers should be capable of integrating knowledge and practice, should be able to apply grounded, scientific principles to practice, should be capable of conceptualizing practice principles on the basis of their experience, and therefore should be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge;
5. Educates students to the values and ethics of the profession. The social worker is expected to be committed to the value that people should have equal access to resources, services, and opportunities. Social workers should be advocates of humane and responsive service, have regard for the worth and dignity of the individual, and conduct themselves in accordance with the professional code of ethics.

Concentrations

The Master of Social Work degree offers opportunity for study in two areas of concentration: Older Adults and Families or Children, Youth and Families. The concentrations reflect two of the major areas of social concern and programs in our society. Child neglect and abuse, single parents, drugs and gangs illustrate the tremendous need for service to children and their families. Interestingly, the other end of the age range also reflects neglect and a need for service. The aged, the fastest growing population segment in our society, often lead healthy productive lives; however, many at risk individuals and their families will require services. For example, older adults in the uppermost age brackets are often frail and, therefore, may have a greater need for social services, income maintenance, housing, health and personal care services. The probability that older women will live longer than men and experience differences in social and economic conditions places many older adults at risk.

With both groups, the family is often the mediating source, and the social worker needs to be able to work with the family as well. Both groups are represented by large numbers in Southern California, and programs are developing to serve the need. Professional social workers have a vital part to play in ensuring that these services are adequate and sound.

The Children, Youth and Families Concentration (CYF)

The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) concentration prepares students for practice in a variety of settings. Students are exposed to the full range of practice skills and have one year of direct practice experience and a second year of more intense direct practice or administrative practice experience.

Field work placements are available in a variety of agencies in the surrounding five-county area, including public, private and non-profit agencies. Typical settings include child welfare/protective services, health care, mental health, public social services, schools, community-based outpatient agencies, corrections/juvenile justice, residential treatment, programs for persons with developmental disabilities, substance abuse treatment and other specialized programs.

Required Courses for CYF Concentration

SW 560 Direct Intervention with Individuals and Families: Focus on CYF
SW 660 Direct Intervention with Groups and Families: Focus on CYF
SW 670 Social Work Administration
SW 681 Advanced Policy and Political Action: CYF
SW 596 and SW 680 Field work placement in two different CYF agencies
SW 698/699 Master’s Thesis
Two electives (any scheduled electives)

Distance Education

The Children, Youth and Families Concentration is also offered at off-campus locations throughout the state. Courses are taught using face-to-face instruction, as well as interactive television and web-based instructional support. The distance education MSW is offered using a 3-year, part-time model. Students attend courses on Saturdays and complete fieldwork requirements during the second and third years of the program.

Distance Education Model

Fall-Term 1
SW 505 Oppressed Groups
SW 503A Human Behavior and Environment in Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Prenatal Through Adolescence
Spring-Term 2
SW 503B Human Behavior and Environment in Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Young Adulthood Through Old Age
SW 592 Community Projects I
Summer-Term 3
SW 594A Research Methods I
SW 693 Community Projects II
Fall-Term 4
SW 600 Elective
SW 596A Field Instruction I
SW 500 Foundations of Generalist Social Work Practice
Spring-Term 5
SW 594B Research Methods II
SW 596B Field Instruction II
SW 560 Direct Intervention; Focus on CYF
Summer-Term 6
SW 600 Elective
SW 698A Thesis or Project I
Fall-Term 7
SW 660 Direct Intervention with Groups
SW 680A Field Instruction III
SW 699A Thesis or Project II
Spring-Term 8
SW 681 Advanced Policy
SW 680B Field Instruction IV
SW 670 Social Work Administration
The Older Adults and Families Concentration (OAF)

The Older Adults and Families (OAF) concentration prepares students for practice in the delivery of social services to older adults and their families, in the planning and evaluation of social services and in administration of services and policy development. Students experience one year of placement in a direct practice setting and may select either a direct practice or administrative practice setting for their second year.

Field work placements are available in a variety of agencies in the surrounding five-county area including public and private nonprofit agencies. Typical settings include health care, adult protective services, mental health, community-based outpatient agencies, rehabilitation, programs for the developmentally disabled, substance abuse treatment, senior programs and other specialty services.

Required Courses for OAF Concentration

SW 561 Direct Intervention with Individuals and Families: Focus on Older Adults
SW 661 Direct Intervention with Groups: Focus on Older Adults
SW 670 Social Work Administration
SW 682 Advanced Policy Seminar: Older Adults and Families
SW 596 and SW 680 Field work placement in two different Aging and Family agencies
SW 698/699 Master’s Thesis or Project
Two electives (any scheduled electives)

Admission to MSW Advanced Standing Program

Students who have a 3.0 GPA and a BSW degree are conditionally admitted to the MSW Advanced Standing Program. Upon successful completion of an intensive Summer Bridge Module (see below), the core content from the 1st year of the traditional MSW program (or 30 units) will be waived and students will be Advanced to Candidacy to begin year two of the traditional MSW program curriculum.

Admissions Criteria for Advanced Standing

In addition to the Department’s basic admissions application procedures as well as University application procedures, the following are requirements for all Advanced Standing applicants:

• Graduation, within the last 5 years, from an undergraduate social work program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the time of the applicant’s graduation.

• Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average for all undergraduate work.

• Provisional acceptance for persons currently enrolled in BASW/BSW programs is contingent on the successful completion of that program plus submission of a reference letter from an undergraduate’s current field instructor, as well as a reference letter from the applicant’s program advisor or a professor who taught one of the required courses during the senior year (two of three required references).

• All acceptances to the Advanced Standing Program are conditional until University Enrollment Services admits a student and all Summer Bridge modules have been successfully completed.

Admission to MSW Program

Students interested in full and part-time study are admitted to the MSW program for the fall or summer semester each year. Prospective students should apply directly to the Department of Social Work as well as to the University. International students must also apply to the Center for International Education (562) 985-5476. The Center begins accepting applications for the following fall term on November 1. Review of applications by the department begins the first week of September.

Department Deadlines

The Advanced Standing and Summer Block program application dealine is March 1 for the fall semester. The full-time and part-time program application deadline is the second Friday in April for the fall semester. The University application deadline for graduate programs is the second Friday in April for the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted on a full or part-time basis to the Master of Social Work program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a university or college of recognized standing, that is grounded in liberal arts, and be eligible for admission to graduate standing at CSULB;
2. Demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement as evidenced by a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or above on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 units of course work attempted and/or completed toward degree requirements.
3. Completion of a prerequisite course in: 1) human biology or human anatomy or human physiology, 2) elementary statistics
4. Completion of the Department's application which requires inclusion of:
• three reference letters (academic and professional)
• a summary of volunteer experience, work experience, and educational background
• a personal statement
• an official copy of all college/university transcripts
Applications that do not contain the above materials are considered to be incomplete, and will not be assessed for admissions decisions. Moreover, applications must be fully packaged by the applicant.
4. Preadmission interviews may be required by the Program faculty.

Field Work

The field work sequence has an integral role in the MSW curriculum. The experience offers an opportunity for students to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and social work practice and intervention skills in a community agency setting under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. A variety of agencies within the surrounding counties are utilized, reflecting the diverse settings in which social workers are employed. University field faculty select the most appropriate field placement site for students.

Each student has two field work placements and concurrent enrollment in practice courses during the course of study. Each placement involves 500 hours of field work in a community agency setting and attendance and participation in a field work seminar that meets weekly on campus. The field work sequence encompasses a total of 1000 hours, for which 12 units of academic credit are given. Academic year and summer block models of field work placement are available. The academic year schedule, begins in September and continues through mid May. Students take concurrent coursework and a field seminar while enrolled in field work and are currently in field work two days (16 hours) per week. This must include either two 8-hour week days or one 8-hour weekday and two 4-hour blocks. Some agencies include evening hours. The summer block model of field work occurs during the late spring and summer months, with students completing 36 hours per week in field work while concurrently taking coursework and a field seminar on the remaining work day.

Students who are employed in social service agencies may request that their agency be evaluated as a site for the second year field work only. The agency must be able to meet all criteria established by the Department of Social Work to insure the educational focus of field work and provide a significantly different experience. Evaluation of field work sites and approval to utilize an agency of employment as a field work site will be completed by the field work faculty.

The Department of Social Work will reject an applicant or disqualify an enrolled student whose record of academic achievement or performance in field instruction does not meet the minimum standards of the profession.

Waiver of the First Year Core: Common Body of Knowledge

The Master’s in Social Work degree is based upon a common body of knowledge. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in social work from this University, or from other CSWE accredited undergraduate social work programs, within the last five years, will have met much of the First Year Core requirements. Students’ transcripts are reviewed for completion of the necessary coursework for mastery of the common body of knowledge. A 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate social work courses, with no grades below a C, and 2.5 overall GPA are required to meet the criteria.

Waivers of the First Year Core (30 units) are based upon previous educational background at the undergraduate level and upon completion of summer bridge courses and field placement in this social work department. Summer bridge courses will include modules from each of the program sequences: research, practice, human behavior and social policy. Summer bridge field work placement will include 160 hours (16 hours per week). Students, therefore, have a provisional admission to the department until they have successfully completed the summer program. When they successfully complete the summer bridge courses and field placement, they receive the Waiver of the First Year Core and enter the second year of the MSW program in the Fall semester. Students are immediately Advanced to Candidacy upon receiving a Waiver of the First Year Core. The courses that are waived as the First Year Core are: SW 500, 503A, 505, 594B, 596A, 560 or 561, 592, 594A, 596B and 503B.

Students, for whom the First Year Core is waived, are not eligible for the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium, Inter-University Consortium or CalSWEC programs.

Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium

The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded a 3 year grant to support the development of geriatric field practicum sites. The grant funded an alliance of all of the social work graduate schools and four geriatric service providers in the greater Los Angeles area. This consortium was created and sponsored by the Partners in Care Foundation with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for the elderly.

The program continues with new funding and stipends are provided to MSW students in the Older Adults and Families concentration. Information regarding this program is presented to students in the field orientation and applications are made available.

Inter-University Consortium

The IUC (Inter-University Consortium) is one of the specialized training programs in public child welfare available in the MSW program. It is a collaborative partnership that includes the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Paramount Unified School District (PUSD). The IUC program has been designed to give students exposure to public child welfare practice through assignment of DCFS cases, as well as experience working with groups of children in the school setting.

Title IV-E stipends are available for one (1) year for students enrolled in the full-time 2 year or part-time, other than summer block, model of the MSW program. Students may apply for either the first or second year of field placement. Students accepted into the program must:

• Be enrolled in the MSW program
• Be enrolled in the Children, Youth and Families concentration
• Complete one year of fieldwork in the IUC/DCFS placement
Complete the designated specialty child welfare curriculum which includes:
• SW 643 - Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services
• SW 698B/699A - MSW Thesis or Project (IUC students' theses must focus on a child welfare problem or issue)
• Complete designated specialized training seminars

Students participating in the program must complete pre-screening for county employment including fingerprinting and DCFS physical and psychological examinations. Students sign a contract committing themselves to one year of full-time paid employment following graduation with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Students are responsible for payback of the stipend if they are unable to successfully complete any of the requirements of the program.

CalSWEC MSW Program

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) is a unique partnership between social work education and the publicly supported child welfare structure. The mission and goals of the Cal SWEC program are to reprofessionalize public child welfare. CalSWEC provides financial support to MSW students in exchange for a commitment to work in a public child welfare agency for a minimum of one year for every year of support received. The intent of the program is to strengthen and enhance the quality of practice by professionally trained and educated public child welfare social workers.

Students must first be admitted into the Children Youth and Family Concentration of the MSW program, after which they submit an application and answer various questions designed to ascertain their interest and level of commitment to a career in public child welfare.

Priority is given to applicants representing diverse population groups currently served by child welfare agencies in California. Fluency in a high demand language is also given priority. Years of service and other child welfare experience also weighs significantly into the selection process. Students in the program must be U.S. citizens or have a permanent visa.

An Awards Committee, made up of representatives of the CSULB Department of Social Work and representatives of public child welfare agencies from counties surrounding the University, will finalize selection of candidates to whom the award will be offered. Inter-University consortium students are not eligible for the CalSWEC program.

Full-time CalSWEC Program

The IV-E stipends provide for two (2) years of support for students enrolled in the full- time 2 year model of the MSW program. The student signs a contract to secure full-time employment in a public child welfare agency for two (2) years (one year of employment for each year of support) but is expected to remain in public child welfare employment for longer than this minimum period.

Once accepted into the program students must undergo pre-screening for county employment including fingerprinting and participation in the criminal clearance process.

Part-time CalSWEC Program

Students eligible to apply for the part-time CalSWEC reimbursement program must be employees of the State or County Social Services department that provides the child welfare or assistance benefits eligibility functions. All part-time applicants must provide a letter of support from their agency administrator/director. Financial supports for admitted students will include: full tuition and fees, book costs and a travel allowance.

Students participating in the program sign a contract to render one year of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in their home public child welfare agency for each year of IV-E education support.

Requirements

Students participating in the program must meet all of the following criteria:

• Enroll in and successfully complete the Children, Youth and Families Concentration;
• Maintain a "B" (3.0) average;
• Successfully complete and receive a grade of credit in 1 year of fieldwork in a public child welfare agency;
• Successfully complete and receive a grade of credit in 1 year of fieldwork in a public agency (different from the first year) or a non-profit agency serving IV-E eligible children (in this case IV-E refers to clients who are TANF eligible).
• Have a valid drivers license, current automobile insurance, and secure the use of a car as required by fieldwork.
• Complete required specialized Child Welfare Curriculum including but not limited to:
• SW 643 - Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services;
• SW 698/699 - Masters Thesis or Project with a focus on Child Welfare population, issue area or service delivery systems;
• Attendance at specialized training seminars;
• Students must reimburse CalSWEC if they are unable to successfully complete any of the program requirements.
CALSWEC students are not eligible for the PPS credential.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential with Specialization in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance (code 803)

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing issues the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. The Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, offers the combined School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance Specializations of the PPS Credential within the context of the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

The PPS Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance authorizes the holder to be employed in the State of California as a School Social Worker and/or a Child Welfare and Attendance Specialist. The credential covers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade service in public and other schools requiring the credential. Individuals with the credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare Attendance are pupil advocates, and provide prevention and intervention strategies that remove barriers to learning. These professionals, in partnership with other educators parents and the community maintain high expectations for all pupils, facilitate pupils reaching their highest potential, foster optimum teaching and learning conditions, and prevent school failure. School Social Work is defined as the application of social work principals and objectives to help fulfill the major purpose of the education system: to provide a setting for teaching and learning in which all children can prepare themselves for the world they now live in, and the world they will face in the future.

Child Welfare and Attendance specialists provide assessment and intervention around issues of attendance for pupils.

Requirements

1. Successful completion of all of the requirements for the 60 unit Master of Social Work (MSW) degree within the Children, Youth and Families Concentration. Required coursework will be completed in the following sequence areas: Field Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Policy, Social Work Practice, and Social Work Research;
2. Completion of SW 665, School Social Work as one of the required electives within the 60 unit MSW program, taken either prior to or concurrently with school social work field work placement;
3. Successful completion of required School Social Work Seminar series presenting specialized topics;
4. Demonstrated knowledge in the following areas of pupil personnel services, as defined in the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Standards: Knowledge of techniques for facilitating individual growth and development to achieve academic success; Knowledge of the wide variety of socio-cultural influences that affect pupils in a school setting; Knowledge of human assessment; Knowledge of problem prevention and early intervention; Knowledge of consultation services; Knowledge of learning theory and psychological education; Knowledge of coordination and development of services; Knowledge of legal enablements and constraints; Knowledge of referral and utilization of services; Knowledge of human assessment as direct services to pupils, Knowledge of social interventions; Knowledge of consultation coordination and development of services; Knowledge of referral, utilization, involvement and use of community resources; Knowledge of social research and services based on research; Knowledge of the code of professional ethics; Knowledge of attendance laws and the rights of minors; and Knowledge of skills using attendance laws and assessment skills.
5. Successful completion of 600 clock hours of field practice in the second year of field, demonstrating all of the required skills and knowledge areas, in an approved PPS site, under the supervision of an experienced MSW level practitioner and an individual who holds a PPS Credential. Supervised hours of field practice will include at least 100 hours in each of two settings (elementary, middle and/or high school), and experience in service delivery with populations representing ethnic diversity and will cover both school social work and child welfare and attendance competencies and standards.
6. Completion of required Application and forms from California Teachers Credentialing Division, including fingerprints, Certificate of Clearance and Character Reference form;
7. Completion of required health screenings;
8. Successful performance on C-BEST Examination;
9. Certification of program completion and demonstrated competence by the PPS Program Coordinator, Department of Social Work. The student may be required to complete additional course work, field work, or demonstrate specific competencies before approval.
10. Completion of all required forms and procedures of Credential Processing Center, CSULB.

Advancement to Candidacy

A conditionally classified or fully classified student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all courses taken subsequent to admission. In addition, a GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in all courses required for the degree. A student will be eligible for advancement to candidacy for the degree after successfully completing 6 units of graduate level courses in Social Work.

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills. Students must attempt to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) in the first semester of residence in the MSW program or score at least a “4” on the GRE Writing Assessment. Either the GWAR or the GRE Writing Assessment must be passed to advance to candidacy.

Course Load

The California State University, Long Beach requirement for full-time status as a graduate student is 9 weighted units. Part-time students pursuing the M.S.W. degree must take at least 4 semesters of at least 3 courses or 9 units. Students who wish to complete the M.S.W. degree in 2 years must take an overload of 6 units for 4 semesters or 15 units a semester.

Requirements

The Master of Social Work program requires the completion of 60 semester units. Fifty-four units of required courses and 6 units of scheduled departmental electives must be taken to complete a concentration. In the CYF concentration, 57 units of required courses and 3 units of scheduled departmental electives must be taken by IUC, Cal SWEC and PPS credential students.

The program is taken in one of the four following sequences.

Plan A: (two years)
Term 1 – SW 500, 503A, 505, 594A, 596A (Fall)
Term 2 – SW 560 or 561, 592, 594B, 596B, 503B (Spring)
Term 3 — SW 660 or 661, 680A, 693, 698A, 500/600 level elective; (Fall)
Term 4 — SW 670, 680B, 681 or 682, 699A, 500/600 level elective; (Spring)
Plan B: (three years)
Term 1 — SW 503A, 505, 500/600 level elective; (Fall)
Term 2 — SW 503B, 592; (Spring)
Term 3 – SW 693, 594A, (Summer)
Term 4 — SW 596A, 500; (Fall)
Term 5 – SW 596B, 560 or 561, 594B (Spring)
Term 6 — SW 698A, 500/600 level elective; (Summer)
Term 7 — SW 680A, 660 or 661, 699A; (Fall)
Term 8 — SW 680B, 670, 681 or 682. (Spring)
Plan C: (Summer Block Model)
Term 1 (Summer Session) — SW 503A, 505;
Term 2 – SW 594A, 500/600 level elective (Fall)
Term 3 — SW 503B, 592; (Spring)
Term 4 (Summer Session) — SW 500, 560 or 561, 596C, 596D, 698B;
Term 5 — SW 693, 500/600 level elective; (Fall)
Term 6 – SW 681 or 682, 594B (Spring)
Term 7 (Summer Session) — SW 660 or 661, 670, 680C, 680D, 699B.
Plan D: Advanced Standing
Summer Bridge Module
Field Work – 16 hours per week for 10 weeks plus 2 hours of seminar per week.
Field Work Internship – 160 hours total.
Human Behavior – 32 hours
Social Policy – 16 hours
Research – 40 hours
Practice – 48 hours
Technology – 16 hours
Second Year Coursework
Fall
SW 660/661 – Practice Individuals/Families
SW 680A – Field Seminar III
SW 693 – Community Projects II
SW 698A – Thesis or Project I
SW 500/600 – Social Work Elective
Spring
SW 670 – Administrative Practice
SW 680B – Field Seminar IV
SW 682 – Advanced Policy
SW 699A – Thesis or Project II
SW 500/600 – Social Work Elective

For other requirements of Master’s degree programs, see the University’s graduate degree requirements.