Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
Note: All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
- Identify as a Professional Social Worker
- Apply Ethical Principles
- Apply Critical Thinking
- Engage Diversity in Practice
- Advance Human Rights/Social and Economic Justice
- Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research
- Apply Human Behavior Knowledge
Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services
- Respond to Practice Contexts
- Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate
- Practice Engagement
- Practice Assessment
- Practice Intervention
- Practice Evaluation
CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) Foundation Competencies for both BSW and MSW
Educational Policy 2.1.1—Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. 220.127.116.11. advocate for client access to the services of social work;
18.104.22.168 practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development; 22.214.171.124 attend to professional roles and boundaries;
126.96.36.199 demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication;
188.8.131.52 engage in career-long learning; and
184.108.40.206 use supervision and consultation.
Educational Policy 2.1.2—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
220.127.116.11 recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice; 18.104.22.168 make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles;
22.214.171.124 tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts; and
126.96.36.199 apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.
Educational Policy 2.1.3—Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
188.8.131.52 distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including
research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom;
184.108.40.206 analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation; and
220.127.116.11 demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.
Educational Policy 2.1.4—Engage diversity and difference in practice.
18.104.22.168 recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power;
22.214.171.124 gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups;
126.96.36.199 recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences; and
188.8.131.52 view themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.
Educational Policy 2.1.5—Advance human rights and social and economic justice. 184.108.40.206 understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination;
220.127.116.11 advocate for human rights and social and economic justice; &
18.104.22.168engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
Educational Policy 2.1.6—Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. 22.214.171.124use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry and
126.96.36.199 use research evidence to inform practice.
Educational Policy 2.1.7—Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
188.8.131.52 utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and
184.108.40.206 critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.
Educational Policy 2.1.8—Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
220.127.116.11 analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being; and 18.104.22.168 collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.
Educational Policy 2.1.9—Respond to contexts that shape practice.
22.214.171.124 continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services; and
126.96.36.199 provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.
Educational Policy 2.1.10(a)–(d)—Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families,
groups, organizations, and communities.
2.1.10(a)(1) substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
2.1.10(a)(2) use empathy and other interpersonal skills; and
2.1.10(a)(3) develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.
2.1.10(a)(4) negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and
Educational Policy 2.1.10(b)--Assessment
2.1.10(b)(1) collect, organize, and interpret client data
2.1.10(b)(2) assess client strengths and limitations
2.1.10(b)(3) develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
2.1.10(b)(4) select appropriate intervention strategies
Educational Policy 2.1.10(c)—Intervention
2.1.10(c)(1) initiate actions to achieve organizational goals;
2.1.10(c)(2) implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
2.1.10(c)(3) help clients resolve problems;
2.1.10(c)(4) negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and
2.1.10(c)(5) facilitate transitions and endings.
Educational Policy 2.1.10(d)—Evaluation