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Post-Master's Social Work Fellowship Accreditation

CSWE and its Commission on Accreditation (COA) are currently piloting the accreditation of post-master's social work fellowship programs. Fellowship programs are hosted by sites offering social work services in the United States, its territories, or on U.S. military installations and advance the knowledge and skills of a social work practitioner in a focused area of practice.

Unlike the academic programs accredited by COA, fellowship programs are practice-based  and not tied to degree programs in colleges and universities.  The purpose of fellowship training is for trainees to obtain advanced competencies and/or core expertise and skills beyond those attained through completion of a master's degree in social work.

Timeline of Activities 2017-2021 Social Work Fellowship Accreditation

Fellowship Review Committee (FRC):

The committee serves as the primary review body for fellowship programs seeking initial or continued accreditation and is responsible for making accreditation decision recommendations to the Commission on Accreditation (COA). The FRC includes members from diverse social work practice areas and two COA members are appointed as liaisons to the FRC.

Fellowship Review Committee (FRC) Roster

Pilot:

The pilot was launched in October 2019 with 4 participating programs. A year into the pilot, it was determined that existing requirements (4 eligibility requirements and 4 program criteria) were insufficient and that formal accreditation standards are warranted.

Pilot FAQs

Standards:

CSWE staff and the Fellowship Review Committee worked to develop Draft 1 of Post-Master’s Fellowship Accreditation Standards which were presented to COA at their February 2021 meeting. Draft 2 is currently in development.

Draft 1 of Post-Master’s Fellowship Accreditation Standards

If you have an existing fellowship program, or are interested in developing one, we would love to hear from you! If you are interested in serving on the Fellowship Review Committee, please let us know! Please reach out to fellowship@cswe.org with any feedback or questions.