Accreditation COVID-19 Response

Without impacting accreditation status, programs may elect to temporarily offer fully online, hybrid, etc. curricula during the COVID-19 pandemic without obtaining approval from CSWE’s COA. Please do not submit contingency/continuity plans to accreditation staff. However, permanent changes must be reported per policy 1.2.4 Program Changes in the EPAS Handbook. We reiterate our support and respect for the autonomy and diligence of programs to provide professional and ethical accommodations and flexibility for their students in extenuating circumstances.

FAQs and Field Guidance (Updated December 7, 2021)

CSWE and the Council on Accreditation vigilantly monitor and aim to proactively address program needs as the educational landscape continues to shift in response to the spread of COVID-19. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding accreditation standards, compliance requirements, and options for fulfilling field education hours.

Statement from Commission on Accreditation and Department of Social Work Accreditation (Updated October 16, 2020)

Statement from the October 2020 COA meeting extending COVID-19 modifications and guidelines through May 2022.

Guidelines and Tips for Virtual Site Visits

Guidelines and tips for preparing to conduct or host a virtual site visit

COA Response to NADD Field Subcommittee Report (Updated June 18, 2020)

COA Response to NADD Field Subcommittee Report

Reduced Field Hours Extended and Updated Guidance (Updated May 11, 2020)

Updated guidance for programs.

Statement from the Commission on Accreditation and the CSWE Accreditation Department (Updated March 25, 2020)

Statement related to COVID-19 presented by the Commission on Accreditation and the Department of Social Work Accreditation.

Survey Results (Updated March 23, 2020)

Results from CSWE survey of program responses

Summary of Survey Findings (Updated March 23, 2020)

Executive summary of survey response findings

Virtual Social Work Field Education Task Ideas and Examples (Updated October 19, 2021)

Crowdsourcing resources provided by programs for providing field opportunities.  Feel free to add to the list.