STUDENT HANDBOOK (2013-2014)
Grounded in the liberal arts and based on generalist social work skills, the Master of Social Work prepares graduates to practice Advanced Clinical Social Work. Advanced clinical skills are taught for intervention with systems of various sizes. The focus of the profession is on oppressed and devalued populations as well as social and economic justice. In accord with the mission of FGCU and the values and ethics of the social work profession, the program distinguishes itself using an empowerment-based, person-in-environment framework. MSW graduates work in a variety of settings such as child and family service agencies, schools, geriatric facilities, hospitals, government agencies, court system, corrections, and mental health agencies in the public and non-profit sectors. Graduates become leaders in their of field of practice, frequently moving to administrative responsibilities if they choose. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Clinical Social Worker License (LCSW).
Students may pursue the MSW degree on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time program includes two years (four semesters) of combined academic and experiential learning. Sixty credit hours are required for graduation. Twelve of those hours are field placements in social service agencies, 500 clock hours each year (or 250 per semester). The first year is the generalist year in which students learn the basics of the profession and the multiple ways of intervening with oppressed and underserved populations from a social and economic justice perspective. The second year of the MSW degree at FGCU is an advanced clinical concentration focusing on interventions with smaller systems: individuals, families, couples and groups.
Students who are accepted into the Advanced Standing Program may have up to 30 credit hours of their BSW degree substitute for the first (generalist) year of the MSW program.
The MSW program may be taken on a part-time basis. This option will take four years, including two summers, of combined academic and experiential learning.
Coursework is sequenced and takes place for each cohort on a specific day each week. Additionally, students are expected to take three credit hours of field education per semester or approximately 16-17 hours of field placement per week. Students are required to obtain professional liability insurance prior to begin field placement.
The Master of Social Work Program has been accredited through 2016
by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation
The link to Accreditation Standard 8 is being provided for your convenience.