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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 October 2018 Commission on Accreditation meeting, there are

  • 521 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 262 accredited master's social work programs
  • 16 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 30 master's social work programs in 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 should you have questions or need further assistance.

Recognized Organization

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

Next COA meeting

February 6-9, 2019

Useful Links

October 2018 COA Decisions

Decisions ratified at the October 2018 Commission on Accreditation (COA) Meeting (decisions are posted 30 days after each COA meeting)

Accreditation Handbook

CSWE Handbook of Social Work Accreditation Policies and Procedures

Resources

Forms, templates, and resources to assist in preparing for accreditation review

2015 EPAS

Download a copy of the 2015 EPAS (Educational Policy and Accreditation Process)

Information

Information regarding the Department of Social Work Accreditation and Commission on Accreditation

Trainings

Information regarding Reaffirmation, Candidacy, and Site Visitor trainings

Contact Accreditation

Department of Social Work Accreditation staff contact information.