This part-time plan of study is for applicants with a bachelor's degree (in any field) who have been employed in the social work profession for at least three years with MSW supervision. You need to demonstrate competence in the field of social work, and your experience should reflect direct practice.
Also, your employer must agree to provide you with a 28-hour per week fieldwork placement experience during the Advanced Phase of your studies. The fieldwork should include both a change of assignment and supervisor.
In this plan of study, you take the Foundation Phase coursework but you are not required to complete the Foundation Phase fieldwork placement. Instead, you attend a monthly fieldwork seminar/lab to discuss your on-the-job experiences and the integration of practice with theory and classroom learning.
As with all the plans of study, you must complete 66 credits before graduation. This plan requires 51 classroom credit hours and awards 15 credits for the combined fieldwork placement experiences.
Applicants must submit the Experienced and Employed Social Service Practitioner Plan of Study Recommendation Form with their application. This form should be completed and signed by a supervisor or director in your employing agency, and it should demonstrate the agency's commitment and ability to provide you an appropriate fieldwork experience during your Advanced Phase of study.
Please Note: The Graduate School of Social Service does not award any life or work experience credits.