CSWE represents everyone who teaches at, works for, or studies at an accredited social work program. Social work programs should join CSWE to maximize the value of their accreditation. Once an accredited social work program pays CSWE dues, benefits are then extended to all faculty, students, administrators and staff of that program. Because doctoral programs are not accredited by CSWE at this time, doctoral students can be extended membership based on their affiliation with a university that has a dues-paying, accredited program. The membership year runs annually from July 1 to June 30.
Individuals who wish to join CSWE but are not affiliated with a dues-paying, accredited program of social work education can join as associate members.
CSWE provides national leadership and collective action designed to ensure the preparation and continued growth of competent and committed social work professionals. This includes promoting and maintaining the quality of social work educational programs and stimulating the development of knowledge, practice, and service effectiveness designed to promote social justice and further community and individual well-being. More information about CSWE's purpose can be found in its bylaws.
Be a Leader!
There are several ways that CSWE membership allows you to be a leader in social work education:
CSWE Commissioner or Councilor
Each year CSWE seeks to identify new leadership for its commissions and councils. Please consider nominating those individuals who have an interest in this important volunteer work and leadership development or nominate yourself.
Nominations should include:
- the consent of the nominee
- current CV
- statement identifying the requested appointment area and describing special areas of expertise and/or interest that will benefit that area
If appointed, nominees must become a member of CSWE. Information about the six commissions, along with their corresponding councils, can be found on the Governance Web page. Appointments are made by the CSWE chair every July. Please note: to be considered for membership on the Commission on Accreditation, you must have at least 3 years experience as a site visitor.