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. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


What's New

CSWE’s Annual Report highlights the activities and accomplishments of the organization for a complete fiscal year. The 2016–2017 Annual Report is now available online and shows key indicators in the areas of social work programs, membership, professional development, leadership, centers and initiatives, and administration.

Unable to attend the Annual Program Meeting (APM) or want to revisit the insights gained during the headlining events? Select 2017 APM videos are now available on CSWE’s YouTube channel!

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from The New York Community Trust (NYCT), supporting third-cycle efforts in a Policy Practice in Field Education initiative to improve the capacity of social workers to address policy issues. Grant funds for cycles 1 and 2 of this initiative were awarded to CSWE in 2015. Read more.

CSWE is inviting representatives from your school or organization to participate on a national task force being convened to develop specialized practice competencies and curricular resources for licensing and regulation. Learn more here