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Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation Update, March 2020

At its October 2019 meeting the Commission on Accreditation (COA) kept open the possibility of accrediting practice doctoral programs addressed several concerns and questions raised about the definition, scope, and standards of such programs. The Practice Doctorate Committee is examining several remaining concerns identified by the COA and will present its findings to the COA for a final determination by the June 2020 meeting.

The COA and Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) have reviewed and approved the current draft of accreditation standards (February 2020) presented by the Practice Doctorate Committee for public review, comment, and feedback. The COA will vote in June 2020 on whether to pilot the accreditation professional practice doctorate programs.

Please direct any questions about the accreditation of practice doctoral programs to Mary Kurfess, director of CSWE accreditation, at

Feedback Survey

CSWE invites feedback on the revisions to the professional practice doctorate accreditation proposal presented on behalf of CSWE’s COEP and COA. The revisions were made to materials developed by the COEP’s and COA’s Professional Practice Doctorate Commission.

Complete the Feedback survey

Please note that participation or nonparticipation in responding to this survey will in no way affect the participant’s relationship with CSWE nor any program’s accreditation status. You may refuse to answer any question or discontinue participation at any point. All responses will be kept confidential and reported only in aggregate form. The form should take approximately 10–15 minutes to complete. The submission deadline is April 20, 2020.
We look forward to receiving your input, which will be used to inform any ongoing revisions. If you have questions about the form or feedback process, please contact CSWE at
Thank you for providing feedback on this initiative. Your input will help promote the education of qualified social work practitioners in practice doctoral programs across the United States. 

Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation Documents