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It's Time to Act: Defining and Reckoning with Anti-Racist Social Work Education
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  • Happy New Year From CSWE's President & CEO

    Aloha, CSWE members, families, and friends! Happy New Year! First, I want to thank all of you for being my sustaining force this past year. Almost exactly a year ago, I entered this position with the question, “Where are we future-ing social work education?” What kind of future do we want for social work education and how do we get there? This past year I’ve learned a lot from all of you in social work and our sister disciplines with some common themes of the importance of returning to the backbone of our roots, embracing that Sankofa moment, and leveraging the extraordinary hope and strength of the human spirit leaning into the future. 

  • CSWE Names Dr. Collina D. Cooke as Director of Minority Fellowship Program

    CSWE is pleased to announce its new Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) director, Collina D. Cooke, PhD, LCSW. Dr. Cooke comes to CSWE with a background in clinical social work and expertise in program management. Dr. Cooke, a first-generation college student, earned her bachelor’s and master’s in social work as well as her PhD from the University at Albany (State University of New York). Dr. Cooke comes to CSWE by way of EmblemHealth Health@Work in Albany, where she was a case manager helping workers who were injured or ill recover and return to work. Her strengths and experience in counseling, crisis management, and patient advocacy inform her approach to leadership and mentorship.

  • Social Work Leadership Roundtable Joint Statement on Peace for Israel and Palestine

    The well-being of Israeli and Palestinian people is deeply intertwined. Living in this shared region, there is immense suffering, adversity, fear, and heart-breaking loss. As social work leaders and professionals we stand together in support of the human right to live in safety, with dignity, and to have basic human needs met. The violence and suffering unfolding in the region represent a humanitarian crisis with global reach. We reiterate our commitment to safety, security, and dignity for all within a context of peaceful coexistence. We extend our profound sympathies to students and educators in our member programs who have been affected directly or indirectly by this violence.



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 these standards. In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation…


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About Us

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice.

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The CSWE organizational mission includes the charge to advocate for social work education and research. CSWE's strategic plan outlines the need for research to inform policy and practice and to serve the needs of CSWE member programs—their deans, directors, faculty members, and students. The CSWE Commission on Research (COR) and CSWE research staff work to serve that need. The COR developed research priorities with input from the CSWE commissions and councils to guide their work; they will report on progress periodically.

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Current Number of Social Work Programs 
(as of October 2023)

  • 545

    accredited baccalaureate programs

  • 324

    accredited master's programs

  • 12

    candidate baccalaureate programs

  • 27

    candidate master's programs

  • 4

    pre-candidate baccalaureate programs

  • 15

    pre-candidate master's programs

  • 4

    accredited post-master's fellowship programs