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Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


What's New

More than 2,180 people registered for CSWE’s 66th Annual Program Meeting (APM) this year, beginning with a week of live education sessions and keynote speakers focused on the theme “Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.” Read quotes from keynote speakers and more!
CSWE joined several higher education associations in calling for an extension of the suspension of federal student loan payments, continuing zero percent interest, and the collection of defaulted loans. In March, the Department of Education (ED) provided these reliefs, which were subsequently included in the CARES Act. ED again extended the measures through December 31, 2020. Read more.
Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, CSWE and other social work education groups prepared guidance for either the Biden or Trump administration to advance social, racial, and economic justice priorities.
Due to the overwhelming response from social workers, educators, students, lawmakers, the Texas State Board of Social Workers and the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council on October 27 reversed a controversial decision that would have allowed social workers to discriminate against clients based on the client’s sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.