Visit the state regulatory board directly or the Association of Social Work Boards, for a list of social work state licensing agencies or for a comparison of state regulations.
provide recognition to those social workers who have met national standards for higher levels of specialized knowledge, skills, and experience.
Bachelor's programs can lead to work in non-clinical social work positions, while master's programs prepare students to get licensed as clinical social workers.
Social work doctoral programs prepare students to work as researchers and social work educators.
Students learn to critically interpret, organize and use research findings in everyday practice. Students in this course learn the process of intervention in the social work context.
They acquire the skills to evaluate, engage and intervene in social problems.
Social work roles, professional relationships and service delivery models are also examined.
Social workers must be familiar with the major administrative, legislative and judicial policies that affect their work.
Doctoral programs include significant coursework in research, statistics and social work theory.
Many programs at the bachelor's and master's levels incorporate a field practicum and other hands-on practice opportunities.