Bachelor of Social Work

The Walden University Bachelor of Social Work (“BSW”) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as licensed social workers, in states that offer licensure at the Bachelor’s level. However, each state board responsible for the regulation of social work has its own requirements for licensure, including appropriate accreditation of academic programs.

Walden's Bachelor of Social Work has achieved candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

Students who enter programs that attain candidacy in or after the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. Candidacy is typically a 3-year process, and attaining candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain initial accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in the state to which they relocate. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the current requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Walden makes no guarantee that its BSW program will meet the licensure requirements in any state.

Please refer to the chart below for state professional licensure eligibility status for Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work program. Please remember that licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice, and prospective students should visit their state board’s website for the most updated and accurate information.

State Academic Program Meets Licensure Requirements?
Alabama Yes
Alaska  No
Arizona Program not offered in this state
Arkansas Program not offered in this state
California State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Colorado State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Connecticut State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Delaware State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
District of Columbia No
Florida State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Georgia Program not offered in this state
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
Indiana Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky Program not offered in this state
Louisiana Yes
Maine No
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Michigan No
Minnesota Yes
Mississippi Yes
Missouri No
Montana State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Nebraska No
Nevada Yes
New Hampshire State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
New Jersey Yes
New Mexico Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
New York Program not offered in this state
North Carolina Yes
North Dakota Yes
Ohio Program not offered in this state
Oklahoma No
Oregon Yes
Pennsylvania State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Puerto Rico Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Rhode Island State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
South Carolina No
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee Yes
Texas Yes
Utah Yes
Vermont State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Virginia No
Washington State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming No

October 11, 2018

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