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

Temporary Waiver Available for Accreditation Standard M3.2.4 in the 2015 EPAS

As of October 2022, the COA offers an optional temporary waiver to the accreditation standard pertaining to minimum number of full-time faculty required for master’s social work programs (Accreditation Standard M3.2.4). This temporary waiver permits master's programs with accreditation reviews under the 2015 EPAS to operate with a minimum of four (4) full-time faculty.

Complete and submit the Temporary Waiver Request Form to Katie Gibson-Ledl, Associate Director of Accreditation Services, at [email protected].

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  

Updated October 2022 (updates are highlighted)

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. 
  • Programs granted initial accreditation or reaffirmed (without a report issued) under the 2015 EPAS after July 1, 2024, will have 1 year from their initial accreditation/reaffirmation date to transition to the 2022 EPAS.
  • Programs issued a report under the 2015 EPAS must continue operating under the 2015 EPAS until the report is accepted, and will have 1 year from their report acceptance 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 (without a report issued) under the 2015 EPAS after July 1, 2024, will have 1 year from their initial accreditation date to transition to the 2022 EPAS.
  • Programs issued a report under the 2015 EPAS must continue operating under the 2015 EPAS until the report is accepted, and will have 1 year from their report acceptance 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.