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The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits social work programs. The accreditation is a rigorous process that ensures that degree programs establish and maintain high standards of education. CSWE’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) establish social work programs’ structure and curriculum so that every student graduating from a social work program should have the same basic skills and knowledge.
Social work education at the master’s level is build upon a liberal arts perspective. It includes required professional foundation content and one or more advanced practice concentrations designed to teach students advanced analytic and practice skills sufficient for self-critical, accountable, and ultimately autonomous practice in relevant professional areas.
The baccalaureate curriculum is also build on a liberal arts perspective and provides professional content, including the knowledge, values, processes, and skills deemed essential for professional practice. Graduates should possess a beginning professional level of proficiency in the knowledge and skills needed for self-critical and accountable practice.
Adapted from: Council on Social Work Education, Directory of colleges and universities with accredited social work degree programs, September 2001.