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Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


What's New

MSWs serve a wide range of vulnerable and underserved populations across different settings, according to data from the 2019 Survey of Social Work Graduates. A new workforce study brief provides insights into their contributions to the behavioral health field.
Social Work Month begins on March 1 and marks an extraordinary milestone for the social work profession. We began our collective COVID-19 journey in March 2020. As a profession uniquely equipped to mitigate crisis, we were immediately thrust into the national spotlight when public conversations turned to the intersection of law enforcement and emergency mental health services, widespread demand for and access to virtual therapy, student and family well-being during school closures and, most recently, vaccine public education. Read more.
In a new video, Iris Carlton-LaNey, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work and social welfare historian, and Tanya Smith Brice, CSWE vice president of education, highlight iconic Black leaders who dedicated their efforts to improving the quality of life for others. These men and women left a profound “legacy of leadership and change” that is not often taught in social work programs. Read more.
In recognition of Black History Month, the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) has compiled a new collection of articles by Black authors with a focus on race/racism, oppression, social justice, and related topics. Read more.