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About CSWE Accreditation

CSWE's Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

Current Number of Social Work Programs

   As of the February 2017 COA meeting, there are:

  • 514 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 251 accredited master's social work programs
  • 15 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 23 master's social work programs in candidacy

Resources

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the organization that recognizes CSWE, has several new resources about degree mills and accreditation mills. Learn more about the problem and how to combat it at the CHEA website.

CSWE encourages all field coordinators and program directors to fully understand the Department of Labor fact sheet about internships and share this information liberally with students and field site personnel.

Recognized Organization

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In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

Next COA meeting

June 7-10, 2017

Useful Links

October 2016 COA Decisions

Decisions ratified at the October 2016 Commission on Accreditation (COA) Meeting

EPAS Handbook


The CSWE Handbook of Social Work Accreditation Policies and Procedures (Handbook) for the 2015 and 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) is designed to be user friendly and provide more information about accreditation policies and procedures.