Describe the Levels of Social Work Education.
Levels of Social Work Education covers under: graduate, masters, doctoral and degree programs. Let see in details:
Baccalaureate Programs or Graduate:
The Baccalaureate Program in Social Work (social work major) is designed to prepare students for positions as generalist social work practitioners in human service agencies such as hospitals, community centers, child welfare and mental health agencies.
The programme builds on students solid liberal arts experience and combines classroom and field education with a strong student advising and support system. Following admission into the major, students participate in classes and activities of the Graduate School of Social Service. The baccalaureate programme is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Students completing the social, work programme are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing at Graduate Schools of Social Work. If accepted, Advanced Standing will substantially shorten the time needed to complete a Master of Social Work degree.
Master’s Degree Programs:
The primary aim of master’s level education is the preparation of students for more complex and superior training. MSW programs give practitioners a chance to further do this course without even doing the baccalaureate degree programs in the same profession. It even avoids the replication of graduate degree programs in the filed of social work. Masters degree programs is a two years graduation programs where the practitioners face all the-variations. In the first year students are given the knowledge about the curriculum and the field practice. In the second year advanced concentration and filed practicum is introduced and more intensive practice is given to the students. In this year 900-hours of field practicum are expected from a child to complete.
The doctoral and Ph.D. programs in social work are the final degrees offered in the field of social work. The DSW is considered the professional doctoral degree, while the PhD. in social work ,is viewed as the research or academic doctoral degree. The doctoral programs in social work has some of its objective which are important for the development of professional social workers for leadership positions. The main aims of this programme are:
- Develop and demonstrate capacities of social work scholars and acquire requisite knowledge, background and skill to teach and conduct research.
- Achieve understanding of the various methods of social work-practice. It gave a broad range of social welfare services to study the behavioural sciences to assess the relevance of social work profession.
The field. practicum is the internship portion of the Bachelor and Masters social work programs. In social work, the field practicum is seen as an integral component of a professional education. Students work with experienced social work professionals in a variety of settings to complement classroom theory and research. Field assignments are based on an assessment of educational needs, agency requirements, and’ the student’s areas of interest. Although a car is not required, field options may be more limited without access to a vehicle. The school maintains field education relationships with an extensive variety of over 400 agency settings.
The standards and performance of programs have an important aspect in the field of social work since 1972. Accreditation is the base of CSWE. CSWE presidents appoints commission on accreditation a unit of CSWE that succeeded AASSW. If empowered both accredit and master’s programs by the council.
Continuing education is an all-encompassing term within a broad spectrum of post-secondary learning activities and programs. The term is used mainly in the United States and Canada. Recognized forms of post-secondary learning activities within the domain include: degree credit courses by non-traditional students, non-degree career, training, workforce training, formal personal enrichment courses (both on-campus and online) self-directed learning (such as through Internet interest groups, clubs or personal research activities) and experiential learning as applied to problem solving.