Program accreditation
Council on Social Work Education

Through a collaborative program with the VCU School of Education, students may meet Virginia Department of Education standards for certification as school social workers in Virginia in addition to meeting requirements for the M.S.W. degree.

In order to meet the requirements of the M.S.W. and the School Social Work certification option, students complete the clinical concentration and earn a total of 63 graduate credit hours, including six credit hours of approved graduate courses in the School of Education. Students must enroll in SLWK 717 Social Work Practice in the School Setting and take two additional courses from the School of Education.

Students interested in certification in school social work should contact their advisers during the first semester of the M.S.W. program.

Additional information may be obtained from the School of Social Work website or by writing:

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
P.O. 842027
Richmond, VA 23284-2027
Attention: Stephanie Odera, Certificate for School Social Work Adviser

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.S.W.Summer (advanced standing format)Dec 1
Certification (Note: does not result in the awarding of a VCU certificate degree or diploma)Fall (regular standing formats – all on-campus part- and full-time and distance education)Jan 16

Special requirements

  • The School of Social Work requires a specific outline for the personal statement that is different from what is shown in the graduate admissions website and also requires that a checklist be submitted with application materials. Please visit the School of Social Work website for this specific information.

Curriculum requirements

M.S.W. with a concentration in clinical practice requirements
Students must complete the requirements for the M.S.W. with a concentration in clinical practice, including the following:57
Social Work Practice in the School Setting
School of Education courses
Select two courses from the following options:6
Assessment of evaluation:
Assessment Techniques for Counselors
Seminar in Child Growth and Development
Child and Adolescent Development
Multicultural Perspectives in Education
Classroom Management and Behavior Support for Students with Disabilities
Education of exceptionalities:
Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (on-campus students may not take the online section of this course)
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (offered online every semester)
Secondary Education and Transition Planning
Classroom Management and Behavior Support for Students with Disabilities
Multicultural Perspectives in Education
School administration, law and policy:
Public School Administration
Organizational Behavior and Change in Educational Settings
Principles of Educational Leadership
School Law
Administration and Supervision of Special Education
Trends in Special Education (hybrid course offered every semester and online in the summer; recommended for M.S.W. students)
Total Hours63

Total number of graduate credit hours required (minimum) for M.S.W. with a concentration in clinical and certification for school social work practice1 63

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Note: Certification for school social work practice does not result in the awarding of a university degree or diploma.

 

Graduate program director
Melissa L. Abell, Ph.D.
M.S.W. program director
Email: mlabell@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-2007

Program website: socialwork.vcu.edu