Students in this program earn their Master of Social Work and upon graduation are eligible to apply for the Massachusetts State Licence so be a School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor. This certification is required to work as a clinical social worker in many school settings.

    Nora Rushford
    • Nora Rushford
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2954
    • Office: P414D
    Suzanne Hecker
    • Suzanne Hecker
    • Field Department, Faculty
    • Phone: 617-521-2210
    • Office: P304J
    Amy Ballin
    • Amy Ballin
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Education
    • Office: W304E
Full-time Program

Requirements for the M.S.W. with Licensure as a School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor Include:

  • Sixty-two credits in the MSW program and three required courses (eight credits) taken in the Simmons University Department of Education
  • Successful completion of the two SSW field placements; one placement must be in a school setting and one placement must be in a setting serving children and families
  • Attainment of passing scores on the MTEL Communication and Literacy tests by completion of the first year of MSW study.

Students planning to work toward the school social worker license should schedule a meeting with the Coordinator of Academic Services or with the Assistant Dean soon after acceptance into the MSW program to begin to plan a course schedule. Field placement planning should be guided by licensure requirements.

More information on Licensure and Courses:

How to Apply

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