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Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation

CSWE’s Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) and Commission on Accreditation (COA) practice doctorate committee are seeking feedback on the second draft of accreditation standards for practice doctoral programs (DSW) in social work.  The draft is now available for public review, comment, and feedback. Please note this will be your final opportunity to provide feedback. practice doctorate committee of both commissions and current DSW program directors met on January 11, 2018 to review the feedback and develop the second draft of the accreditation standards and accreditation process recommendations.  The intent of the practice doctorate committee is to solicit feedback from as many constituents as possible. CSWE invites and encourages all individual and program members and interested organizations/groups to provide feedback on the proposed draft standards. Feedback can be submitted as a group or individually in one or more of the following ways: 

1. Submit feedback online as an individual and/or program member of CSWE group or organization here by May 6, 2019.

2. Submit a feedback letter directly to CSWE at Office of Educational Initiatives and Research, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mail by May 6, 2019.

The development of an accreditation process and standards was designed to be a thoughtful, 2-year inclusive and collaborative process with public comment periods and feedback sessions as outlined on the timeline. Feedback was received on the first draft of the proposed accreditation standards via a public feedback website (16 responses received), in-person sessions at the 2018 Annual Program Meeting (100 people in attendance) and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. (BPD) Annual Conference, and an online feedback session (approximately 50 people in attendance). 

The practice doctorate committee is committed to developing an appropriate structure and process that will be transparent, inclusive, and responsive to CSWE members and other stakeholders’ feedback. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome collegial feedback on the draft standards as well as help in disseminating this information widely among all interested parties.  If you have any questions about the feedback process or experience any technical problems with the online feedback system, please contact the CSWE Office of Educational Initiatives and Research at

Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation Documents