The Candidacy Eligibility Application form lists each eligibility standard, asks a series of simple questions, and/or requires the submission of materials to determine compliance. Information about when the Candidacy Eligibility Application is due and where it should be sent is on the Timetable for Candidacy—2008 EPAS.
The review of the social work program by the Commission on Accreditation is authorized by the chief executive officer of the institution.
The program is located in an educational institution recognized by a regional accrediting body approved by the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.
The institution must be legally organized and authorized to operate as a postsecondary educational institution under the laws of the relevant state. The program has been approved by the appropriate higher education authority.
The institution has a written affirmative action policy, plan or program, and procedures, and a stated policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, or age. The institution complies with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The institution has appointed a chief administrator who has demonstrated leadership ability through teaching, scholarship, curriculum development, administrative experience, and other academic and professional activities in the field of social work.
At the baccalaureate level the social work program director who is the chief administrator, or the designee of the chief administrator, has a master’s of social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program (doctoral degree preferred) or a baccalaureate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program and a doctoral degree.
At the master’s level the social work program director who is the chief administrator, or the designee of the chief administrator, has a master’s of social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program. In addition, it is preferred that the MSW program director has a doctoral degree.
The institution documents sufficient and firm institutional supports to create, build, and maintain the social work program. Include faculty, staff, budget, and other resources necessary to build and maintain the program.
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