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About CSWE

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 800 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.


To ensure a well-educated social work profession equipped to promote health, well-being, and justice for all people in a diverse society. 


To advance excellence and innovation in social work education and research by providing leadership, ensuring quality in teaching and learning, and strengthening the capacity of our member institutions.

Land Acknowledgement

CSWE acknowledges that its office, staff and events reside and occur on ancestral lands of Indigenous Peoples from time immemorial.  Indigenous Peoples had and continue to have extended networks of relatives that include human and non-human life, including the seen and the unseen, across these diverse geopolitical and ecological spaces. Despite attempts to destroy and remove Indigenous Peoples from these lands, as well as oppress, colonize, and devalue the histories and knowledges of the Peoples, these sacred ties and truths are enduring. 

CSWE’s office is in Alexandria, Virginia, and we recognize the 11 ancestral tribes throughout the state. Let us all commit to decolonizing our systems, structures and practices and learn from our Indigenous colleagues that the lands and waters do not belong to us, but that we belong to the lands and waters. With humility, we recognize and respect all Indigenous Peoples, their histories, their sovereign and political rights, and their relationships to the land and waters.