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

Current Number of Social Work Programs

   As of the June 2017 COA meeting, there are

  • 516 accredited baccalaureate social work programs
  • 254 accredited master's of social work programs
  • 19 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy
  • 23 master's social work programs in candidacy

Resources

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 factsheet 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

October 4-7, 2017

Useful Links

June 2017 COA Decisions

Decisions ratified at the February 2017 Commission on Accreditation (COA) Meeting (decisions are posted 30 days after each COA meeting)

2015 EPAS

Download a copy of the 2015 EPAS (Educational Policy and Accreditation Process)

Resources

Forms, templates, and resources to assist in preparing for accreditation review

Information

Information regarding the Department of Social Work Accreditation and Commission on Accreditation

Trainings

Information regarding Reaffirmation, Candidacy, and Site Visitor trainings