Graduate Certificates and Credentials
The School of Social Work at Colorado State University supports MSWs wishing to work in a PreK-12 school setting by offering required coursework and an optional PreK-12 School Social Worker Certificate.
(Required to be a school social worker in Colorado)
The Colorado Department of Education requires social workers to obtain appropriate licensure before working in the PreK-12 school setting as a special services provider. There are a variety of requirements set by the Colorado Department of Education to successfully obtain licensure to practice social work in a preK-12 setting, which can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/rs-ssw_licensure. It is highly recommended that potential applicants create an account with CDE and view the entire application a few months prior to applying. As CDE applications are deleted 90 days after registration if not fully complete and submitted by that time, it is not recommended that any information be entered into the application until you have met all the requirements and are ready to apply.
To create an account visit https://www.colorado.gov/cde/licensing/ and click “Register” at the top of the page. Please be aware that the application process is detailed and requires advanced planning to successfully complete within a certain time frame.
Of the various requirements set by CDE, an institution of higher education, such as CSU, must verify each applicant’s completion of an MSW degree including 900 field education hours, some of which must have been working with children ages 0-21, and the successful completion of coursework specifically pertaining to school and special education law. The School of Social Work at CSU provides coursework pertaining to school and special education law via SOWK 560: Social Work Practice in Schools and SOWK 561: School/Community: People with Disabilities.
To enroll in the PreK-12 School Social Worker courses, you are not required to apply to CSU, you can simply visit http://www.online.colostate.edu/courses/credit/?subject_cat=39813&term_filter=&location_cat, select the courses you wish to register for, and follow the links on that page.
PreK-12 School Social Worker Certificate
Conflicts often arise in balancing the needs of students, families, teachers, and administrators, making conflict resolution skills extremely valuable for social workers in schools. By earning this certificate, you'll not only obtain the foundational credentials required by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to be a Special Services Provider in the PreK-12 setting, but additional specialized coursework built into the program boosts your employment marketability.
You'll finish this certificate poised as a strong competitor for School Social Work positions, exceptionally prepared to face the unique challenges of this environment with technical knowledge of policy and intervention.
Designed for those holding, or in the process of earning, a Master of Social Work, this is the only certificate in the state to offer a curriculum specifically tailored to fit the needs of School Social Workers, covering topics listed below.
More details about the complete requirements set by the CDE to successfully obtain licensure can be found on the Requirements and Curriculum page.
To register for any of these classes please go to the CSU Online Certificate Overview page.
Students completing all three required classes are able to apply for the PreK-12 Certificate and will pay a $60 fee with their application.