Accreditation

About CSWE Accreditation

CSWE's Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

Current Number of Social Work Programs

As of the February 2014 COA meeting, there are:

  • 493 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 231 accredited master's social work programs
  • 19 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 13 master's social work programs in candidacy

 

Resources
The next COA meeting will occur on:
  • June 5–7, 2014
Useful Links
  • February 2014 COA Decisions

    Decisions ratified at the February 2014 Commission on Accreditation (COA) Meeting

  • 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

    2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

  • 2008 EPAS Handbook

    The CSWE Handbook of Social Work Accreditation Policies and Procedures (Handbook) for the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) is designed to be user friendly and provide more information about accreditation policies and procedures.

  • EPAS Implementation

    Application of 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (definitions, knowledge, and practice behaviors) to areas of advanced practice concentration or specialization. Additional resources related to implementation of the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.