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Master of Social Work - Social Work with Children & Families

The online Master of Social Work with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families program at Walden is designed for students who want to work in child welfare and community social service environments. Learn more about this MSW program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Social Work with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the online Master of Social Work with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families program at Walden University should possess strong skills in critical thinking and communication. This MSW program also requires prospective students to provide transcripts from an accredited university showing a bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA or a 3.0 GPA in master's level coursework. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students interested in helping children, youth, and families in community social service programs could gain the skills necessary to succeed in Walden's Master of Social Work program with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families. There are three curriculum tracks for this program based on a student's previous education and desired workload. Courses are designed to teach learners to identify the needs of underprivileged families, children, and adolescents and implement the best interventions. Students also have the chance to examine the policies, laws, and ethics surrounding social work. Students may study subjects like social welfare, human behavior, social work with couples and family, and social work with children and adolescents.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

55 or 92 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Social Work with a Specialization in Social Work with Children and Families:

Walden's online Master of Social Work with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families program requires all students to complete designated hours in supervised field experience courses as well as residencies built into the skills lab courses. Students eligible for the advanced standing curriculum track begin with advanced-level social work courses and are exempt from some introductory courses. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with at least a 3.0 GPA is required for the advanced standing curriculum. Standard and accelerated curriculum tracks are also available for those without a BSW. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • All curriculum tracks include the following course:
    • Changing Lives, Changing Society: Introduction to Social Work

Core Courses (30 or 60 credits)

  • Only standard and accelerated curriculum tracks include the following courses:
    • Essential Skills for Social Work Practice
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
    • Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice
    • Social Policy, Welfare, and Change
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    • Social Work Practice Research I
  • All curriculum tracks will take the following courses:
    • Social Work Theory and Practice
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I
    • Social Policy: Analysis and Advocacy
    • Social Work Practice Research II
    • Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice
    • Supervision, Leadership, and Administration in Social Work Organizations

Concentration Courses (15 credits)

  • All curriculum tracks include the following courses:
    • Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
    • Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Family Services
    • Social Work Practice with Couples and Family Systems

Field Experience (6 or 12 credits)

  • Only students enrolled in the standard or accelerated curriculum track take the following:
    • Social Work Field Education I
    • Social Work Field Education II
  • All curriculum tracks include the following courses:
    • Social Work Field Education III
    • Social Work Field Education IV

Skills Lab Requirements (1 or 2 credits)

  • Only standard or accelerated curriculum tracks include the following:
    • Social Work Skills Lab I
  • All curriculum tracks include the following course:
    • Social Work Skills Lab II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

With Walden's Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families, students could advance their academics in a doctoral program and eventually attain a PhD in a human or social services field or a Doctor of Social Work (DSW). Students could further their studies in the family dynamic or expand into other fields in preparation for academic or leadership roles. Some doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Social Work in Family Studies and Intervention
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Community and Social Services
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work with a specialization in Social Work Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates from Walden's Master of Social Work with a specialization in Social Work with Children and Families online program could put their knowledge of evidence-based intervention strategies to work in community social service programs, child welfare agencies, and the juvenile justice system. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • School social worker
  • Juvenile justice social worker
  • Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)

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