The online social work degree from Walden University, the Master of Social Work with a concentration in Social Work with Children & Families, is designed for individuals interested in working in community social service agencies, child welfare agencies, and the juvenile justice system. With this degree you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively identify and address the critical needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. The curriculum emphasizes services, practices, and policies applicable to publicly funded and nonprofit agency settings that serve children and their families. Courses also provide knowledge in fostering success, especially in social environments challenged by stress, poverty, violence, disorganization, and oppression. You will evaluate legal and ethical issues related to working with children and their families and examine their social service needs. Graduates are prepared to use social work best practices when choosing appropriate interventions for children and families in social work settings and to distinguish between the practices and policies applicable to publicly funded and nonprofit agency settings that serve this group.
All of Walden’s online master’s in social work programs feature a virtual reality experience that simulates challenging situations social workers may face, allowing students to build valuable skills and instincts in a safe yet authentic environment. Students complete courses in the broad social work field as well as their concentration area, preparing them to be change agents within and beyond their communities and to advocate for social justice. Coursework prepares students for specialized practice by stressing cultural humility within a strengths-based, generalist intervention model that provides advanced clinical skills.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Walden University is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA2.5 or above (4.0 scale)
Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s)
- Students must complete two pre-practicum labs on campus.
New York, Rhode Island