Graduate Certificates and Credentials
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.
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:
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?
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