Tips for MSW Course Planning

The sequencing below is an example of the quickest route to program completion and based on the semester students begin the program, and their selected program option (online or in-person/hybrid.) MSW students are not required to take courses in this exact sequence and may complete the program part-time or full-time and are encouraged to devise a plan that best fits their unique situations and needs. Please meet with your MSW Faculty Advisor each semester to select the course plan that is best for yoru needs. Each MSW, ED and SPED course is NOT offered every semester, your advisor can assist you in planning appropriately for sequences other than the examples below. (Please note a full-time course load in graduate school is defined as 6-credits per semester, or more for financial-aid purposes.) Pennsylvania requires any social worker seeking the Pennsylvania School Social Work Certification to be a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of Pennsylvania before this certification is issued.

First Year (Fall)

MSW711 Ethics Across Social Work – 3 credits
MSW752 OR MSW727 Trauma-Informed Community Practice OR Complex Trauma – 3 credits
MSW720 Multidimensional Assessment – 3 credits

First Year (Spring)

MSW723 Applied Research: Assessment and Evaluation – 3 credits
MSW741 Social Work in Schools – 3 credits
ED778 Designed for Difference – 3 credits

First Year (Summer)

MSW724 Strength Based Leadership – 3 credits

Second Year (Fall)

MSW732 Field Placement II (Must be taken with MSW-733) – 3 credits
MSW733 Field Placement Seminar II (Must be taken with MSW-732) – 3 credits
SPED770 OR SPED773 Meeting the Needs of Mild/moderate OR Positive Behavior Supports PreK-12 – 3 credits

Second Year (Spring)

MSW734 Field Placement III (Must be taken with MSW735) – 3 credits
MSW735 Field Placement Seminar III (Must be taken with MSW734) – 3 credits
MSW736 Advanced Practice Colloquium (take in final semester) – 3 credits

Total Credits = 39

DISCLAIMER: This plan is subject to the availability of courses in a particular term. Updated May 2024.


First Year (Fall)

MSW700 The Foundations of Generalist Practice – 3 credits
MSW702 Social Welfare and Policy – 3 credits
MSW714 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) – 3 credits

First Year (Spring)

MSW715 Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Humility – 3 credits
MSW716 Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment – 3 credits
MSW720 Multidimensional Assessment – 3 credits

First Year (Summer)

MSW730 Field Placement I (Must be taken with MSW-731) – 3 credits
MSW731 Field Placement Seminar I (Must be taken with MSW-730) – 3 credits

Second Year (Fall)

MSW711 Ethics Across Social Work – 3 credits
MSW723 Applied Research: Assessment and Evaluation – 3 credits
MSW752 OR MSW727 Trauma Informed Community Practice OR Complex Trauma – 3 credits

Second Year (Spring)

MSW741 Social Work in Schools – 3 credits
MSW724 Strength Based Leadership – 3 credits
ED778 Designed for Difference – 3 credits

Third Year (Fall)

MSW732 MSW Field Placement II (Must be taken with MSW733) – 3 credits
MSW733 MSW Field Placement II (Must be taken with MSW732) – 3 credits
SPED770 OR SPED773 Meeting the Needs of Mild/moderate OR Positive Behavior Supports PreK-12 – 3 credits

Third Year (Summer)

MSW734 MSW Field Placement III (Must be taken with MSW735) – 3 credits
MSW-735 MSW Field Seminar III (Must be taken with MSw-734) – 3 credits
MSW-736 Advanced Practice Colloquium (Take in final semester) – 3 credits

Total Credits = 60

DISCLAIMER: This plan is subject to the availability of courses in a particular term. Updated May 2024.


First Year (Fall)

MSW727 OR MSW752 Complex Trauma OR Trauma Informed Practice – 3 credits
SPED770 OR SPED773 Meeting the Needs of Mild/moderate OR Positive Behavior Supports PreK-12 – 3 credits
MSWXXX School-Based Field Placement – 3 credits

First Year (Spring)

MSW741 Social work in Schools – 3 credits
ED778 Designed for Difference – 3 credits

Total Credits = 15

DISCLAIMER: This plan is subject to the availability of courses in a particular term. Updated May 2024.

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