2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

2022 EPAS coverpage

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is pleased to announce the approval and release of the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) and Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) are responsible for developing the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The educational policy was developed by COEP and approved by the CSWE Board of Directors on June 3, 2022. The accreditation standards were developed and approved by COA on June 9, 2022.

2022 EPAS PDF

2022 EPAS Glossary

Resources 

Additional accreditation resources such as policy handbooks, interpretation guides, templates, and forms will be shared with programs and posted on the CSWE website in late 2022.

Training

Training will be available in Spring 2023.  

2022 EPAS Implementation Timeline  

Accredited Programs

  • Before August 1, 2024: Programs submitting self-studies before August 1, 2024, will have the option to use the 2015 or the 2022 EPAS.
  • On/After August 1, 2024: Programs submitting self-studies on or after August 1, 2024 (June 2025 agenda for reaffirmation) will use the 2022 EPAS.
  • As of July 1, 2025: All accredited programs are expected to operate under the 2022 EPAS by July 1, 2025. Important Note: Programs granted initial accreditation or reaffirmed under the 2015 EPAS after July 1, 2024, will have 1 year from their initial accreditation/reaffirmation date to transition to the 2022 EPAS.

Candidate Programs

  • On/before December 31, 2022: All programs that have submitted Draft Benchmark 1 documents on or before December 31, 2022, will operate under the 2015 EPAS for the duration of the candidacy process.
  • On/After January 1, 2023: Programs submitting Draft Benchmark 1 documents on or after January 1, 2023, will use the 2022 EPAS for the duration of the candidacy process.
  • After July 1, 2024: Programs granted initial accreditation under the 2015 EPAS after July 1, 2024, will have 1 year from their initial accreditation date to transition to the 2022 EPAS.

Substantive Change Proposals

  • Before August 1, 2024: Programs submitting substantive changes proposals before August 1, 2024, will have an option to use the 2015 or the 2022 EPAS.
  • On/After August 1, 2024: Programs submitting substantive change proposals on or after August 1, 2024, will use the 2022 EPAS.