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Social Work in School Settings

During the first term of enrollment, students interested in school social work should consult with the appropriate faculty advisor about the practice of social work in schools and certification requirements for such practice. Since requirements vary from state to state, and these are not all covered by the usual MSW program, it is necessary to plan the academic program of each prospective school social worker individually and early in the MSW program. The appropriate faculty advisor can provide more information about requirements for temporary approval as a school social worker in the state of Michigan.

The requirements of the University of Michigan as per the Michigan State Department of Education for a recommendation for temporary approval as a school social worker in Michigan are as follows:

  • MSW from the University of Michigan
  • SW 612 - Mental Health and Mental Disorders of Children and Youth
  • SW 629 - School Social Worker Interventions
  • SW 642 - School Social Worker Policy and Services
  • 500 Field hours of direct practice with children/youth/families

Upon conferral of the MSW degree students who have met the requirements for the state of Michigan will receive a letter stating they are eligible for a recommendation for approval. If you do not receive this letter within 1 month of degree conferral please contact the School's Registrar.

The faculty contact for Social Work in the Public Schools is Professor Beth Sherman at shermanb@umich.edu.

Information on Social Work in School Settings for MSW Graduates

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