Accreditation


Next COA meeting

June 8-11, 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
  • 16 baccalaureate programs in candidacy
  • 27 master's programs in candidacy
  • 7 baccalaureate programs in pre-candidacy
  • 14 master's programs in pre-candidacy

Resources

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.

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.

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.

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Frequently-Asked Questions

Answers to frequently-asked questions

February 2022 COA Decisions

Decisions ratified at the February 2022 COA Meeting (decisions posted 30 days after each meeting)

Self-Study Volume I Template (Reaffirmation and Initial Accreditation)

Benchmark I Volume I Template

Benchmark II Volume I Template

Formatted templates to comprise Volume I of the full document once completed.

Accreditation Presentations

PowerPoint presentations by accreditation staff

Interpretation Guide

Regularly updated reference source for COA's interpretation of each standard

Accreditation Handbook

Handbook of Policies and Procedures

Site Visit Resources

Resources for both programs and visitors

2015 EPAS

Download a copy of the 2015 EPAS 

Training

Information regarding training opportunities

Contact Accreditation

Accreditation staff contact information