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 October 2016 COA meeting, there are:
- 511 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
- 249 accredited master's social work programs
- 17 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
- 16 master's social work programs in candidacy
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.
Next COA meeting
February 1-4, 2017