Social Work graduate faculty members are certified by the School of Graduate Studies.
Associate Dean: Dr. Jacqueline Garrison
MSW Program Director: Dr. Elise Reed
Director of Field Education: Ms. Cassandria Peoples
Assistant Professors: Dr. Jacqueline Garrison, Dr. Carolyn Hester, Mrs. Cassandria Peoples, Dr. Gayberyl Wesley, Dr. Elise Reed
Lecturers: Mr. Xavier Henson, Ms. Patricia Williams, Ms. Evelyn Jenkins
The mission of the MSW program is to prepare students for advanced direct practice by building on foundation generalist
knowledge, values, and skills, with emphasis on high academic standards, affirmation
and respect for differences and diversity, and aligned with the purposes, values and
ethics of the profession of social work. Further, the program seeks to prepare students
for advanced direct practice with individuals, families and groups in rural communities.
The program is characterized by a strong commitment to Social Work Values and Ethical Standards, as found in the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, combined with the professional knowledge and skills needed to serve clients in many settings. The MSW Program sensitizes students to issues of human rights and social and economic justice, and emphasizes human diversity, cultural competence, and global awareness, a particular attention is given to rural and African American communities.
In situations where a student is denied admission, the student has the right to appeal. The student is informed of his or her right for a hearing before the Admissions Committee if the student feels the denial was not justified. The MSW Director and Chair of the Admissions Committee arrange and set dates for these hearings. The outcome of the hearing is submitted to the Associate Dean for review. At the conclusion of the hearing, a student is informed by the Associate Dean of his/her right to appeal to the Office of the Dean of the College of Professional Studies if the outcome of the hearing is unsatisfactory for the student.
MSW degree may be completed across two-year full-time program for 60 semester hours or in a four semester period. The full-time two year program may be taken on a systematic part-time basis. The first thirty hours must be completed within two years of initial enrollment and all requirements for the MSW degree must be completed within six (6) years of initial enrollment.
The Advanced Standing Program is completed over the course of one summer (two sessions) and two full semesters (fall and spring). After completing the Writing Seminar in Summer I, advanced standing students take two transitional classes in Summer II. They then take the normal 15 hours per semester of the second year of the regular program.
Students are required to complete not less than 900 clock hours of field instruction, a minimum of two (2) days per week, eight (8) hours per day for four (4) semesters. Field education is conducted at pre-approved sites and students must arrange their own transportation.
A Field Education Fee of $ 50.00 is required for each field education course.
2 Year Full-time program: 60
4 Year Part-time program: 60
1 Year Advanced Standing program: 36
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