MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Walden University has announced the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S., has approved Walden's online Master of Social Work (MSW) program for accreditation.
CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.
"We are very proud of this achievement, which demonstrates the value of Walden's MSW program and that our graduates have received a social work education reflective of peer CSWE accredited MSW programs," said Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, associate dean of Walden's School of Social Work and Human Services. "The CSWE accreditation streamlines the state licensure process for our graduates, and provides greater access to professional opportunities to use their skills and knowledge to impact the quality of life for all populations."
With an emphasis on advanced clinical practice, Walden's online MSW program is designed to build skills that prepare students to critically apply social work theory and methods to assess and intervene in situations involving individuals, families and groups. The program features two 4-day, in-person residencies and customized case studies interwoven throughout the program to provide students with real-world experience and help prepare them for a career in social work.
"Social workers need to be part of teams that tackle many problems people encounter in society today. The ability to create these teams, both within and outside the realm of social work, and to operate and lead them requires a level of knowledge and skill that can only be obtained with advanced degrees," said Dr. Barbara Solomon, a social work pioneer and longtime Walden board member who dedicated her 50-year career in social work to empowering minority and underserved communities. "Walden's MSW students are across the nation and around the world and able to share and learn from each other in the online classroom. They are able to cross boundaries to understand and address critical social issues wherever their knowledge and skills in effecting positive social change are needed."
The MSW program is offered through Walden's School of Social Work and Human Services and is designed to provide students with the skills needed to take the next step in their careers as professional practitioners and change agents in social work and human services. Other degree programs in the school include the BS in Human Services, MS in Human and Social Services , Doctor of Social Work (DSW), PhD in Social Work and PhD in Human and Social Services.
For more information about the MSW program, visit www.WadenU.edu/MSW.
About Walden University
For 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 52,000 students from all 50 states and more than 155 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 400 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.
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