Graduate Certificates and Credentials

PreK-12 School Social Worker Certificate
and Licensure

The PreK-12 School Social Worker Certificate is a certificate that is designed solely for students who have or are seeking their MSW through a CWSE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program. This program will prepare students who have their background in Social Work to work in the school social work field. The certificate prepares students to work with schools and families in finding a balance to reach all parties’ needs, in addressing conflict in the school system, and to help families find success for their children in education. The certificate provides the ability for students to understand legal practices in education in the state of Colorado, skills to work with families of children with disabilities, and to provide support in resolving conflicts that arise when there is the need.

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UPCOMING COURSES

SUMMER 2017:

  • SOWK 551 Fundamentals of Mediation (All Semesters, including Summer)
  • SOWK 560 Social Work Practice in Schools (Spring and Summer)
  • SOWK 561 School Community: People with Disabilities (Summer only)

FALL 2017:

  • SOWK 551 Fundamentals of Mediation

SPRING 2018:

  • SOWK 551 Fundamentals of Mediation
  • SOWK 560 Social Work Practice in Schools

REQUIREMENTS AND CURRICULUM

There is no application process to take any of the PreK-12 School Social work courses, but students must have completed a bachelor’s level degree or receive an override from the instructor before registering. In order to obtain Colorado State Licensing as a Special Services Provider; School Social Worker, you must also have an MSW.

The following courses are required for the Certificate:

  • SOWK 551: Fundamentals of Mediation
  • SOWK 560: Social Work Practice in Schools
  • SOWK 561: School Community: People with Disabilities

WAYS TO USE THIS CERTIFICATE

This certificate was designed for people who have an MSW to deepen their skillset in preparation for working as a School Social Worker. While the state of Colorado does not require all three courses from the certificate to become licensed as a social worker (only requires SOWK 560 Social Work Practice in Schools), this certificate can be used to make social workers more marketable in the competitive field of Social Work.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there prerequisites to taking these courses?
Students must have a bachelor’s degree to take the certificate courses, and to apply for the Graduate Certificate.

Because the state of Colorado requires an MSW to be a Licensed School Social Worker, this certificate is designed for students who have, or are working on, their MSW.

What does the state of Colorado require to become a Licensed School Social Worker?

  • SOWK 560 – Social Work Practice in Schools (transcripted)
  • MSW from program accredited by Council on Social Work Education (transcripted)
    • Includes a minimum of 900 field education hours, a portion of which must have been working with school-aged children (ages 0-21). Advanced standing students must have completed a minimum of 900 field education hours between BSW and MSW field education, otherwise, all field education hours must have been completed as part of an MSW program. Field placements completed at any institution other than CSU must be officially verified by the field education director at such institution and include information verifying the student’s practicum hours and work with school-aged children.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sarah Rudisill
Distance Liaison for the Center for Lifelong Learning and Outreach Education
Phone: 970-491-7817
Email: Sarah.Rudisill@colostate.edu
Education Building Room 129