OSRHE Program Code: 102
CIP Code: 440701
Major Code: 9815
- 9816 - General Social Work
- 9817 - Child Welfare Specialization
The mission of Northeastern State University’s (NSU) Department of Social Work is to academically prepare competent and effective professionals; particularly first generation college students who desire to enter generalist social work practice. Along with our academic program’s accessibility, our curriculum is designed to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and values of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies and behavioral indicators with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. These key foundations prepare our graduates to practice social work in a wide range of agencies and allied settings with diverse client systems and people. Our academic program has a unique focus in its integration of addressing social work practice with Native American populations, and the option to specialize in child welfare leadership.
The Bachelor of Social Work (Social Work, B.S.W.) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457, 703-683-8080). www.cswe.org
There are five levels of social work licensure in Oklahoma. Four licenses require a master’s degree, while the LSWA credential requires only a bachelor’s degree. All candidates for licensure must pass an exam from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Certain licenses also require supervised experience, and all candidates for licensure must submit an application and pay fees. Licensed social workers often find positions in healthcare, education, and the legal system.
Social workers in Oklahoma do not need a clinical license to work independently. While professionals must attain clinical licensure for private practice, a licensed social worker (LSC) and the licensed social worker administration (LSW-Adm) credentials also qualify holders for independent social work practice.
The Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers (OSBLSW) issues provisional licensure after candidates submit their application and fee. Provisionally licensed professionals must pass the exam within a year. Oklahoma does not have a reciprocity agreement with other states, but there is a system in place for out-of-state social workers to gain licensure. Students are encouraged to talk with their faculty mentor about licensure requirements and to consult the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers for more information.
SOCIAL WORK GOALS
In keeping with our mission, the goals of the social work program are:
- To educate diverse social workers for beginning generalist social work practice.
- To provide an accessible social work academic program.
- To prepare social workers to practice with diverse populations and systems, including Native American populations.
- To develop social work leaders in child welfare social delivery systems.
Curriculum Policy Statement and Curriculum Design
The NSU Bachelor of Social Work Program curriculum is based upon the accreditation standards set forth by our accrediting professional body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). These standards, along with their accompanying behavioral indicators, are integrated throughout our core and elective course offerings; conclude with all components being demonstrated in the student field education experience: the program’s signature pedagogy.
Program Outcome Evaluation
Program outcomes are assessed on a bi-annual basis per a formally designed assessment plan. The plan is comprised of student course evaluations addressing the competency standards, faculty committee evaluations, qualitative/quantitative exit interviews of graduating seniors, and the Baccalaureate Education Assessment Project (BEAP).
NOTE: All social work majors must obtain an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) Criminal History background check which must include the Sex Offender check and Violent Offender check (no more than 3 months old). Go to: www.ok.gov/osbi/Criminal_History/ (to be completed as part of SOWK 4013 Practice I).