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Program: Social Work Practice Certificate

Program Description

The purpose of this certificate is to provide students who are currently enrolled in the MSW cohort knowledge and professional skills specifically in the social work practice area with a focus on urban individuals and families. These courses align with the mandates of the accrediting body for social work programs, the Council on Social Work Education. Students who complete the program will earn a Certificate in Social Work Practice.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department.

Program Requirements

A. Prerequisites for the Certificate Program

  1. Admittance to the Master of Social Work program.
  2. Current enrollment in Master of Social Work program.
  3. Bilingual and Biliterate: Spanish/English.

B. Suggested Course Sequence by Semester

This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the social work program coordinator for further details and course descriptions. Students must successfully complete all courses in the certificate.

Fall Semester 1

SWRK 510 Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice I (3)

Spring Semester 2

SWRK 503 Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis Formulation (3)


SWRK 630 Family Crises, Trauma and Grief (3)

Fall Semester 3

SWRK 601 Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families I (3)

Spring Semester 4

SWRK 602 Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families II (3)

Total Units Required for the Certificate: 15


Department of Social Work
Chair: Eli Bartle
Sierra Hall (SH) 208
(818) 677-7630

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will engage in ethical and professional behavior by applying and adhering to the National Association (NASW) of Social Work Code of Ethics.
  2. Students will demonstrate the five practice components of social work thorough the ongoing and interactive process of engaging, assessing, treatment planning, intervening and evaluating their work with individuals, families, groups and communities.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how power, privilege, race, gender and class influences practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels.