The direct vote of full members and an elected Board of Directors govern CSWE. The Board is composed of members from across the country and represents educational programs, faculty, practitioners, ethnic minority groups, and private citizens. CSWE's membership includes individuals from the entire field of social work: graduate and undergraduate educational programs, public agencies, voluntary agencies, social work educators, field instructors, and other interested persons. Members volunteer their knowledge and time by serving on CSWE commissions, councils, and task forces.
Council and commission members are appointed for 3-year terms by the CSWE Board Chair in July. All volunteers must maintain current CSWE membership.
- The Commission on Accreditation confers accreditation status on baccalaureate and master's social work programs.
- The Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice promotes in social work education inclusion, equity, social and economic justice, and the integration of knowledge of how the multiple aspects of human diversity intersect.
- The Commission on Educational Policy identifies pedagogical concerns in social work education, reviews current CSWE programs related to educational policy and planning, and periodically writes a statement of social work curriculum policy that is used to formulate CSWE's accreditation standards.
- The Council on Field Education collaborates with the professional community to improve the quality of field programs, provides support for field directors and educators, and produces and disseminates relevant knowledge.
- The Council on Practice Methods and Specializations recommends strategies and cultivates relationships with professional agencies and individuals to increase practitioner participation in CSWE and addresses issues relevant to the preparation of students for social work practice.
- The Commission on Global Social Work Education works with other international organizations to promote international programs and projects and to develop the international dimension of the social work curricula.
- The Commission on Membership and Professional Development seeks to maximize educational outcomes in the form of highly competent social work graduates through approaching professional development with a spirit of creative inquiry that promotes inclusion and unity among social work educators.
- The Commission on Research is the focal point for educational research in CSWE.
- The National Nominating Committee prepares the double slate of nominees for officers, members of the Board of Directors, and members of the National Nominating Committee.