M.S.W. Course Registration Nov. 13, 2013
Dear M.S.W. Student:
This letter is in reference to your Spring 2014 registration. Registration begins the week of December 2nd. All registration is done through your my.Fordham.edu account. See your date to register below. Please read this letter and the enclosed FYI carefully - registration errors are typically made when these recommendations are not followed.
There are several things that are important for you to do before registration:
- Check your registration status now. You will see the link under the Student Tab in my.Fordham.edu. Clicking on that will tell you if you are on any holds – Bursar, Immunization, or Admissions. Please resolve any holds as soon as possible so that you can register at your appointed time.
- Do a degree audit, known as DegreeWorks. You will see this link under the Student Tab as well. This works if your concentration is correct. If it is not correct or if there is none listed, Lincoln Center and Molloy students should contact Mr. Johnny Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org , Westchester students contact Mr. Henry Davis at email@example.com and Online students contact Ms. Kathleen Rund at firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes a day for the correction to be reflected in DegreeWorks. An incorrect concentration will not stop you from registering. Other things to note in DegreeWorks - your graduation date was automatically generated when you began the program and will be adjusted in your final semester when you file for graduation, and if you completed a year of field placement the IP (In Progress) grade drops to the bottom and remains an IP even after your final grade is posted. .
- Print out the schedules that apply to you – foundation, advanced, Lincoln Center, Westchester. You can find the schedules by going to www.fordham.edu/gss, click on Current Students, click on MSW, then on the left you will see the link for Class Schedules. Most registration errors are made when students rely only on the web without looking at these schedules. Campus confusion and day of the week confusion often results. Note that Lincoln Center course sections are numbers and Westchester course sections are letters. Online students can access their plans of study by going to www.fordham.edu/gss/online, click on Online Plan of Study and click on the plan for the semester you started. The calendar for online session dates will be emailed out to online students.
To avoid system overload, registration is staggered based on your earned credits. Please note the following:
- 12/2 - 7:00am - Matriculated with a minimum of 27 earned credits.
- 12/3 - 7:00am - Matriculated with 0-26 earned credits.
- 12/4 - 7:00am - Non-matriculated students
- Registration for all online students will take place during the week of 12/2.
Of course you can register after your assigned date but not before. You will click on Add or Drop Classes under the Student Tab to register. Please register during the week of December 2nd as courses will be canceled or added based on registration. You can drop and add courses until the beginning of the spring semester.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN REGISTERING
It is not necessary to take Part II of a course with the same professor or in the same time slot as you took Part I. Therefore, there is no guarantee that you will have the same teacher as you did for part I. If you want to be with the same professor, it is your responsibility to register early.
All clinical majors taking Clinical Practice II must take Clinical Practice Seminar - SWGS 6415. (Do not confuse it with Integrative Seminar.)
Field Instruction is a year-long course. We have automatically registered you for the same course number and section you are registered for this fall. Therefore, you do not have to register for field instruction. This also applies to the EESSP students in Field Practicum Laboratory.
The only Mid-semester/Intensive course being offered in January is SWGS 6624 International Social Development and Capacity Building in Peru. Dr. Popescu is taking students to Peru from January 2 – January 19, 2014. In addition to the cost of a three credit course, airfare and accommodations are estimated to be $3.200. Please contact Dr. Popescu if you are interested – email@example.com.
Fordham/Molloy students who are taking courses at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY will be receiving a letter from Ms. Jennifer McKinnon, director of the Fordham/Molloy program, in reference to registering for Molloy classes. If you are taking courses at Lincoln Center you should register for them at your designated time during registration week. If you are in field placement you will automatically be registered for that course.
Online students will be receiving a letter from Ms. Kathleen Rund, Program Administrator of the Online Program, in reference to registering for online classes. Please address any questions regarding registration directly to Ms. Rund who can be reached at (914) 367-3440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Program is again offering the opportunity for some of our advanced year MSW students to take an elective in their MPH program and we will credit it toward your MSW. Mt. Sinai is located in Manhattan at 99th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Look at the upcoming offerings on that university’s website. If you are interested in one of their three credit courses, contact Dr. Elaine Congress, Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Extramural Programs, at email@example.com to discuss this option further. Our joint MSW/MPH degree program will begin in September 2014. If you are interested in this dual degree, also contact Dr. Congress.
The GSS summer session is May 10 through July 12, 2014. Registration for summer and fall 2014 will occur in March. Most classes meet once a week for eight weeks in 3 1/2 hour time blocks and there may be some more intensive offerings. Times will be during the day, evening, and Saturdays at Lincoln Center and Westchester. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II and Social Policy I are the only required courses offered in summer session and are offered at both Lincoln Center and Westchester. Many electives, both clinical and macro will be offered at both campuses. Students are limited to one summer course. There will also be elective offerings at Fordham’s London Campus. To be eligible you must have completed your foundation year by May 2014. Course offering and details will be posted on our website soon. Registration for summer in London will begin December 9th. Associate Dean Sandra Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact person at Lincoln Center and Dean Janna Heyman at email@example.com is the contact at Westchester.
Financial Aid in Summer Session: Taking 3 credits in summer session does not entitle you to financial aid for that semester unless at that time you are in a 14 hour/week internship that ends 8/8. Therefore, plan your schedule keeping this in mind. If this presents difficulty please call me so we can discuss it.
Grades are available on your my.fordham.edu. If your grade is blank that means your professor has not yet submitted it. The mid-year grade for field instruction is IP (In Progress). The IP will only be posted when the Department of Field Instruction receives your evaluation.
Start dates for spring classes are as follows: Monday 1/6, Saturday 1/11, Tuesday 1/14, Wednesday 1/15, and Thursday 1/16. Module 0 for online students opens Monday 1/6.
Again, I encourage you to read all of the enclosed information thoroughly. The attached FYI also has important information.
Susan Bair Egan, Ph.D., M.S.W.
- GRADUATION INFORMATION - The diploma ceremony for 2014 Master’s of Social Work graduates will be on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. May and August 2014 graduates need to apply for graduation through your my.fordham account. From the Student Tab click on My Information, Student Accounts, Apply to Graduate. You are an August graduate if you are taking your last course in Summer Session and/or in a 14 hour/week field placement. August graduates are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony in May but will receive a diploma dated August 9th - it will be mailed to you or you can pick it up in mid-September. February 1st graduates should already have applied to graduate. If you did not, do so immediately. You will receive more information about graduation through Integrative Seminars and meetings in the spring semester. If you are a 2014 graduate and not in seminar this year, please read the monthly calendars and read the signs at each campus. There will be graduation parties as well. Lincoln Center’s will be Friday, May 16th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Pope Auditorium. The Student Congress at Westchester will be planning the Westchester celebration. More information to come.
- LMSW/LSW REVIEW - Free review sessions for the Licensed Master’s Social Worker (New York State) and the Licensed Social Worker (New Jersey) exams will be offered at Lincoln Center and Westchester. The dates at Lincoln Center are February 13th from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., April 16th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and June 14th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The dates at Westchester are January 29th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and March 5th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. In New York State you need to have completed your degree requirements before you can take the Master’s level exam. In New Jersey you can take the Master’s level exam during your final semester. Applications for the NY State exam are available on the state’s website – www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/lmsw.htm. The NJ application can be found at .www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/swlic.htm. Connecticut currently has one level of licensing - the “Clinical/ Advanced” level test and 3,000 hours of Post-master’s experience is needed. If you are interested in licensing in other states, go to the Association of Social Work Board’s website at www.aswb.org.
- COURSE ON THE IDENTIFICATION AND REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT - It is a requirement that proof of completion of a two hour course on child abuse identification and reporting be provided when applying for the LMSW in New York State. This will be offered to students for a $25 charge several times before the end of the academic year. At Lincoln Center the dates are December 18th at 6:00 p.m., January 29th at 11:30 a.m., February 26th at 11:30 a.m. and March 12th at 6:00 p.m. At Westchester the dates are February 24th at 12:30 p.m. and March 26th at 2:00 p.m. Registration forms are available in the deans’ offices and locations are on the forms. Other approved providers in the state can be found on the state’s website www.op.nysed.gov/training/caproviders.htm. If you have previously taken such a course you do not have to reenroll, but you will need the certificate of completion at the time you apply for the license.
- FIELD INSTRUCTION - Students who will be entering their advanced/second/final field placement in Fall 2014 will begin their field work planning by attending a meeting at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, January 22nd at 11:30 – 1:30 or 6:45 – 8:15 in the 12th floor Lounge. At Westchester it will be Wednesday, January 22nd at 12:30 – 2:30 or 3:00 – 5:00 in the Common Ground Cafe. This includes Advanced Standing Students who began part-time this year and EESSP students who will do their one internship in ’14 – ‘15. Students who will be entering their first/foundation field placement in Fall 2014 will begin their planning through meetings a bit later in the semester. Please watch for notification of dates at both campuses in late February.)
- BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS FAIR – All foundation year students should plan to attend the annual Benefits and Entitlements Fair at their campus. The one at Lincoln Center will be on Monday, January, 13th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Pope Auditorium) and at Westchester on January 15th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (café). This event is part of the guided instruction requirement for Social Policy I (SWGS 6006) so if you are taking that course, plan to come. There will be keynote speakers followed by breakout sessions at each campus on benefits and entitlements that affect our clients. Advanced year students are welcome to attend.
- FACULTY ADVISORS - Every student has a faculty advisor. If you are in field placement your advisor is the professor who teaches your integrative seminar and if you are in Field Practicum Lab it is your professor who teaches that course. If you are a Westchester student not in field placement your advisor is Dr. Linda White-Ryan. At Lincoln Center if you are not in field and you are a matriculated student, your advisor is Ms. Polly Kaplan and if you are a non-matriculated student your advisor is Dr. Susan Egan.
- CAREER DEVELOPMENT - Ms. Albaliz Tello is the Director of Career Development at the Lincoln Center Campus and Dr. Linda White-Ryan at the Westchester campus. Both will be scheduling career focused meetings and visiting Integrative Seminars throughout the spring semester.
- KEEP CURRENT - In addition to monthly calendars the Current Student section has information that is helpful to all students such as the Student Handbook and Licensing Information. In addition, Dean Egan at Lincoln Center has a Blackboard site for announcements, conferences, and events of interest to students. To enroll email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also like us on FACEBOOK and follow us on TWITTER.
- FINANCIAL AID - Applications for student loans and Tuition Remission/Assistance for the upcoming academic year will be available at each campus in early February.
- CHRISTMAS RECESS - The University will be closed Monday, 12/23/13 through Wednesday, 1/1/14. We will reopen Thursday, 1/2/14. Field placement resumes on that date.
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS is your professional organization. Join now as a student for $48/year until you graduated. If you join as a student you are eligible for the transitional rate for three years after graduation.
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND PLANS OF STUDY - Course descriptions all Plans of Study can be found on the school’s website under Current Students for the MSW program. A new elective, Forensic Social Work Practice, has been developed by Dr. Maschi and in the spring it will be offered at Lincoln Center on Saturdays at 8:50.
Description: Forensic Social Work Practice, prepares social workers to practice at the intersection of social work, public health, and the legal system in order to tackle contemporary social problems, such as health disparities and mass incarceration. Many forensic populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, at-risk youth, the elderly, veterans, immigrants, LGBTQ persons, persons with disabilities, or those living in poverty or communities of violence often lack access to quality services and political, civil, social, economic, and cultural justice. Course participants learn and apply a human rights legal framework and social justice and empowerment theories to guide multi-level prevention, assessment, and interventions with historically underserved individuals, families, and communities. After completing the course, participants will increase their knowledge, values, and skills for collaborative empowerment practice with forensic populations in diverse practice settings, such as healthcare, social service, and legal settings, including protective services, the courts, and corrections.