Accreditation


Next COA meeting

October 12-15, 2022

Recognizing Organization

A CHEA-recognized accrediting organization

In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Department of Social Work Accreditation (DOSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

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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 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 administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

Current Number of Social Work Programs

As of the June 2022 COA meeting, there are:

  • 541 accredited baccalaureate programs
  • 313 accredited master's programs
  • 4 accredited post-master's social work fellowship programs
  • 17 baccalaureate programs in candidacy
  • 26 master's programs in candidacy
  • 6 baccalaureate programs in pre-candidacy
  • 11 master's programs in pre-candidacy

Resources

Learn About Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills

CHEA, the organization that recognizes CSWE, has several new resources about degree mills and accreditation mills. Learn more about the problem and how to combat it at the CHEA website.

Internships: Department of Labor Regulations, and Social Work Field Education

CSWE encourages all field coordinators and program directors to fully understand the Department of Labor factsheet about internships and share this information liberally with students and field site personnel.

Guidance to Programs Related to Faculty Qualifications and Regional Accreditation

CSWE seeks to assist accredited programs with understanding and responding to regional accreditation standards related to faculty qualifications for teaching. We encourage you to read this document and contact your accreditation specialist if you have questions or need further assistance.

Virtual Social Work Field Education Activity Examples

A crowdsourced list examples for programs and field settings to design virtual field education activities for students. This resource is focused on providing alternatives when disruptions to the educational environment occur such as natural disasters, pandemics, or other emergency circumstances. We welcome your contributions to this tool.