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Certification Program

We offer a social work certification program as well, qualifying our graduates to serve as school social workers.  It’s a fulfilling career where they can make a real difference in the lives of children, their families and communities.

How can social workers benefit students, parents, schools and communities?

School social workers help students: achieve the maximum benefit from their educational opportunities, understand themselves and others, improve interpersonal relationships, cope with stress, and develop decision-making skills.

School social workers help parents: participate effectively in their children's education, understand and meet their children's social and emotional needs, understand programs available to students with special needs, and utilize school and community resources effectively.

School social workers help schools: understand the factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students' abilities maximize their school experience, utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of students, and promote a safe school environment.

School social workers help communities: understand school policies, programs, and practices, minimize the environmental factors which inhibit learning, and develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families.