Master of Social Work / Social Work with Children & Families
Walden University

Program Details

This concentration prepares students for work in community social service agencies, child welfare agencies, and the juvenile justice system. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively identify and address the critical needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, youth, and families. Required coursework emphasizes services, practices, and policies applicable to publicly funded and nonprofit agency settings that serve children, youth, and families. Students will gain knowledge in fostering child, youth, and family success, especially in social environments challenged by stress, poverty, violence, disorganization, and oppression. Students will critically evaluate legal and ethical issues related to working with children, youth, and families.

In this concentration, you’ll learn to:

  • Examine the social service needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, youth, and families in social work settings.
  • Integrate social work best practices when choosing appropriate interventions for children, youth, and families in social work settings.
  • Distinguish between the practices and policies applicable to publicly funded and nonprofit agency settings that serve children, youth, and families.
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues pertaining to working with children, youth, and families in social work settings.

Requirements

  • Students must complete two pre-practicum labs on campus.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Additional materials may be requested

Special Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not available to residents of New York and Rhode Island.