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School of Social Work Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Certificate in School Social Work may be used by current MSW students or MSW graduates to obtain licensure as a School Social Worker. Students seeking licensure in the State of Tennessee should contact the Department about specific state requirements including test scores. Students seeking licensure in other states should contact that state for specific requirements before selecting courses.

 

Admission Requirements

The certificate program in School Social Work can be pursued concurrently with the Master of Social Work program or after completion of the Master of Social Work. Concurrent or prior enrollment in an accredited Master of Social Work program is required. Students may fulfill admissions requirements in one of the following two ways.

1. Admission into the Master of Social Work at the University of Memphis.

CURRENT MSW STUDENTS MUST:

  1. Must be a current MSW graduate student at the University of Memphis in the School of Social Work
  2. Must complete one of your two required field experiences in a school setting (typically completed in your second year MSW programming, and once you have identified as a student seeking school social work licensure). 
  3. Apply to UofM Graduate School as a Certificate seeking student (choose School Social Work Certificate). Once you are admitted into the University of Memphis as a certificate seeking student, email the School Social Work Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Susan Elswick (selswick@memphis.edu ) with your UID and your U of M email address.  She will supply you with a permit for the School Social Work Class and enroll you in a course for submitting your required School Social Work Certificate documentation. The documentation includes letters of recommendation, application materials, and information about state standards in practice. ***The School Social Work (SWRK 6937) course is currently offered in Summer and Fall semesters. It is one of the 12 hours required for the School Social Work Certificate program.
  4. Complete the TEP application on U of M website: https://www.memphis.edu/tep/admission/tep-admissions.php.   The TEP application is a requirement for your licensure.  Once you complete the TEP you may be asked to submit your GRE scores or take the Praxis Exam IF your undergraduate or graduate GPA does not meet the TEP requirements.
  5. Once all course work is completed, and all grades for all classes are finalized, the student must complete the School Social Work Licensure application (This can also be found within the School Social Work certificate eCourseware program).
  6. Once the School Social Work application is submitted, The School Social Work Program Coordinator will write a letter of support for your successful completion of all licensure and certification requirements.  This formal letter will be submitted to the office of TEP at the University of Memphis.  Once the TEP reviews the letter of support, they submit your licensure documents to the TN State Department of Education (DOE) for review, approval, and completion.  The TN State DOE will email you the official licensure within 6-8 weeks of U of M’s submission.  If you need your licensure expedited for purposes of employment in a local district, you can request a letter from the School Social Work Certificate Program Coordinator, Dr. Susan Elswick (selswick@memphis.edu) that can be used by your school districts superintendent to expedite the licensure process.***This is not a guaranteed process but has assisted students in the past***
  7. The student must complete a graduate certificate candidacy form prior to the semester they plan to graduate from the program.  Deadlines for candidacy forms for graduation are found here: https://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/current_students/graduation_information/graduation_deadlines.php (students are responsible for completing these forms by the required deadlines). The graduate certificate candidacy form can be found here: https://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/forms/graduate_certificate_candidacy_form2.pdf

**MSW students seeking the School Social Work Certificate and Licensure must complete SWRK 7016: Advanced Individual Child/Youth(3) OR 7017: Advanced Family Child Youth(3) for their MSW programming in addition to the School Social Work Certificate requirements.

 2. POST-MSW STUDENTS MUST:

  1. Completion of a Master of Social Work degree at any university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). ***If you degree is not from an accredited program you will not be admitted into the School Social Work certificate program.
  2. Have One-year post-MSW work experience in the field working with children and families (preferably in a school setting if applicable) is required before applying for admission into the School Social Work Certificate program. ***Students who graduated from an accredited MSW program 5 years ago or longer from the date of admission to the school social work certificate program will be required to complete a portfolio process by enrolling in ELC 7115 - Experiential Learning Credit ( for up to 6 hours of credit towards the 12 hour certificate) to verify their experience in the field and/ or previous field work.
  3. Apply to UofM Graduate School as a Certificate seeking student (choose School Social Work Certificate). Once you are admitted into the University of Memphis as a certificate seeking student, email the School Social Work Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Susan Elswick (selswick@memphis.edu ) with your UID and your U of M email address.  She will supply you with a permit for the School Social Work Class and enroll you in a course for submitting your required School Social Work Certificate documentation. The documentation includes letters of recommendation, application materials, and information about state standards in practice. ***The School Social Work (SWRK 6937) course is currently offered in Summer and Fall semesters. It is one of the 12 hours required for the School Social Work Certificate program.
  4. Complete the TEP application on U of M website: https://www.memphis.edu/tep/admission/tep-admissions.php.   The TEP application is a requirement for your licensure.  Once you complete the TEP you may be asked to submit your GRE scores or take the Praxis Exam if your undergraduate or graduate GPA does not meet the TEP requirements.
  5. Once all course work is completed, and all grades for all classes are finalized, the student must complete the School Social Work Licensure application (This can also be found within the School Social Work certificate eCourseware program).
  6. Once the School Social Work application is submitted, The School Social Work Program Coordinator will write a letter of support for your successful completion of all licensure and certification requirements.  This formal letter will be submitted to the office of TEP at the University of Memphis.  Once the TEP reviews the letter of support, they submit your licensure documents to the TN State Department of Education (DOE) for review, approval, and completion.  The TN State DOE will email you the official licensure within 6-8 weeks of U of M’s submission.  If you need your licensure expedited for purposes of employment in a local district, you can request a letter from the School Social Work Certificate Program Coordinator, Dr. Susan Elswick (selswick@memphis.edu) that can be used by your school districts superintendent to expedite the licensure process.***This is not a guaranteed process but has assisted students in the past***
  7. The student must complete a graduate certificate candidacy form prior to the semester they plan to graduate from the program.  Deadlines for candidacy forms for graduation are found here: https://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/current_students/graduation_information/graduation_deadlines.php (students are responsible for completing these forms by the required deadlines). The graduate certificate candidacy form can be found here: https://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/forms/graduate_certificate_candidacy_form2.pdf

 

Applications Deadlines

Application deadlines for the School Social Work Certificate progam are as follows:

  • Summer/ Fall Admission deadline April 15th

  • Spring Admission Deadline January 26th

 

NOTE: 

Many educational programs offered by the University of Memphis lead to professional licensure within the State of Tennessee and in other states. Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree.

 The University of Memphis has not made a determination whether University of Memphis’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  The University of Memphis recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board prior to enrollment in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

 

Program Requirements

Online options available

Completion of 12 semester hours distributed as follows:

  • SWRK 6937 - School of Social Work
  • Completion of one of the following two courses:
  • SPED 7000 - Intro Excptional Learnr **
  • SPED 7517 - Func Anlys/Treat Prob Behv
  • Completion of 6 semester hours in an approved school social work setting:
  • SWRK 7051 - Field Placement I & SWRK 7052 - Field Placement II
  • OR
  • SWRK 7053 - Field Placement III & SWRK 7054 - Field Placement IV
  • OR
  • ELC 7115 - Experiential Learning Credit

NOTE: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) stipulates that students in the Master of Social Work program may not receive credit for work or life experience. Due to this policy, ELC 7115 may not be completed by students currently enrolled in the MSW program. Under no circumstances may students attempt to substitute ELC 7115 for SWRK 7051, SWRK 7052, SWRK 7053 , or SWRK 7054 or any other course in the MSW degree program. ELC 7115 may only be used by certificate students who have completed the MSW degree.

Retention Requirements

Retention requirements are the same as those in the Master of Social Work Program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must complete all four required courses with an average grade of B (3.0) or higher for a total of 12 credit hours.
  2. Students may earn no more than 3 credit hours of C+, C, or C- grades.

 

Open House Webinar

The School Social Work Certificate program recently hosted a webinar, sharing additional information about the program. If you were unable to attend, you can find the discussed content at the link here:

School Social Work Certificate Webinar

For more information about the School Social Work certificate, contact Dr. Susan Elswick (selswick@memphis.edu.)

 

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