SOCW Certificates and Licensures

Social Work - Certificates and Licensures

 

The School of Social Work offers two graduate certificates and courses that lead to School Social Work Licensure through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. These programs provide students with specialized competencies that create more focused skill sets. The two graduate certificates are open to current graduate students and/or community practitioners that have graduated with a Masters degree from an accredited institution, that are interested in becoming a licensed Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist or working with elderly populations. The School Social Work Licensure is open to both undergraduate and graduate social work students who have a desire to become a school social worker.


Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse

The substance abuse certificate program is designed to provide graduate social work students with the necessary core functions and competencies of substance abuse counseling. This body of knowledge will allow the student who obtains the certification an opportunity to earn their Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) credential from the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Individuals who are licensed may engage in clinical practice with  clients who live with substance use disorders. The courses will be taught both on site at ECU and on-line by credentialed social work faculty. The certificate classes will be offered as electives in the graduate social work curricula.

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Minor in Gerontology

The gerontology minor augments major fields of study with an overview of issues confronting elderly people and their service providers. In recognition that aging can be viewed from a variety of perspectives, courses from several academic programs are available. Special topics courses with aging as their primary content may be counted toward the program.  The minor requires 24 s.h. of credit. A maximum of 6 s.h. may count toward foundations curriculum requirements and the gerontology minor.

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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The graduate certificate in gerontology builds upon undergraduate education or work experience through course work in aging studies. This certificate program focuses on issues confronting elderly people and their service providers. The 15 s.h. program includes a 3 s.h. core course, 9 s.h. of selected electives, and a 3 s.h. practicum.

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School Social Work Licensure

The School Social Work Licensure program is available to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. School Social Workers are trained  mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person’s social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society.  School Social Workers  are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success. Requirements for completion of this program are:

BACHELOR’S – Undergraduate Requirements for Licensure:

  • Candidates for licensure must hold a baccalaureate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program and complete the following courses: SOCW 4503 Social Work Services in Schools (3sh), EDUC 3200 Introduction to American Education (3sh)
  • Plus one of the following: SPED 2000 Introduction to Exceptional Children (2sh) or SPED 5101 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3sh)
  • In addition, candidates are required to complete a one-semester (360 hour) field placement in a public school setting under the supervision of a licensed school social worker who holds a social work degree from a CSWE accredited program.

MASTER’S – Advanced Standing Graduate Requirements for Licensure:

  • Candidates for licensure must hold a baccalaureate and/or graduate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program and have completed the following course matrix: SOCW 6004 Social Work Services in Schools (3sh) and either SPED 5101 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3sh) or SPED 6002 Addressing Differences in Human Learning in Schools (3sh)
  • In addition, candidates are required to complete a two semester (720 hour) field placement in a public school setting under the supervision of a licensed school social worker who holds a graduate social work degree from a CSWE accredited program.

SIXTH YEAR – Graduate Requirements for Licensure:

  • Candidates for licensure must hold a graduate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program and have completed the following course matrix: SOCW 6004 Social Work Services in Schools (3sh) and either SPED 5101 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3sh) or SPED 6002 Addressing Differences in Human Learning in Schools (3sh)
  • In addition, candidates are required to complete a two semester (720 hour) field placement in a public school setting under the supervision of a licensed school social worker who holds a graduate social work degree from a CSWE accredited program.