Empathic, competent social workers, with a sense of responsibility to empower and advocate…
The Tennessee Wesleyan University Social Work program provides the foundation for
students to become empathic, competent generalist social work practitioners who adhere
to the values and ethics promoted by the profession of Social Work. Students will
cultivate a sense of responsibility to improve the lives of their fellow person, respecting
their dignity, diversity, and right to self-determination, while advancing social
and economic justice on a local and global level.
The TWU Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation, 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457. Phone: 703-683-8080.
The Social Work major is intended for students who will seek employment in a social work-related profession upon completion of the undergraduate degree and/or continue as a graduate student in social work or a related field. As a licensure program, the TWU Social Work Program will prepare students to take the BSW State Licensure exam in the state where they plan to practice.
- Child Welfare - Department of Children's Services; Child Advocacy Programs; School-based Services
- Case Management - Shelter Programs; School-based; Child and Family
- School Social Work (licensure available)
- Mental Health Care & Medical Social Work
Community Practice with non-profit and for-profit agencies
- Criminal Justice - Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Juvenile Justice; Domestic Violence Court Advocates; Victim's Advocates
Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for the state exam through each state’s regulatory board and accrediting agencies. Upon the successful completion of the exam, students will become Licensed Bachelor Social Workers (LBSW). BSW graduates have the potential to complete in one year a master's in social work in programs offering advanced standing.
SCHOOL SW LICENSURE
The Tennessee Wesleyan University Social Work Program offers the opportunity for State of Tennessee School Social Work Licensure to currently enrolled social work students as well as persons who currently hold a bachelor's degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Licensure in school social work offers classroom knowledge as well as specific field experience to equip students with the knowledge and skills to practice in school settings throughout the state of Tennessee. In collaboration with the Tennessee Wesleyan University’s Education Department, the Social Work Program will certify applicants for the State of Tennessee School Social Work License. (See student handbook for full requirements)
For more information on the licensure programs contact email@example.com. The TWU Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation, 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457. Phone: 703-683-8080 www.cswe.org
The Field Education program is designed to provide students the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to practice in a real world setting through 400 hours of Field Placement in a practice setting. All students will work with the Field Education Director to secure their required field practicum placements. Students are advised that several field placement agencies require a criminal background check. The outcome of this background check can impact a student’s field placement opportunities.
In accordance with the Tennessee Wesleyan University requirement for service-learning hours, the Social Work Program requires BSW students to participate in service-learning volunteer activities. This will give Social Work students experience serving and understanding community needs and resources. This will enhance their skills, knowledge and increase exposure to diverse populations in preparation for their field placement year.
The Social Work Program Application is open from August 1 - February 15 for admittance
the following fall semester. Applications will be reviewed as received. Applications
received before February 15 will receive priority consideration. After that date
acceptance into the program will be determined by space available in the program.
Students may choose to be a Social Work major at any point in their undergraduate career. However, the students must apply for entry into the Social Work Program. Program admittance determines eligibility to graduate with a BSW.
Minimum requirements include:
•2.25 GPA in general education courses (Wesleyan Essentials) and a 2.50 GPA in Social Work major courses
•Completion of Social Work major courses: Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology, or equivalent courses with C- or better in each course
•Must have completed 40 credit hours of Wesleyan Essentials
•Completion of BSW Social Work Program application
1. Submit personal statement
2. Read BSW Student Handbook & NASW Code of Ethics; sign confirmation and pledge to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Behavioral Contract
3. Two letters of endorsement from past instructors/and or supervisor from a social service agency