Students in the M.S.W. program interested in practicing as a school social worker can elect to earn the Massachusetts state license to be a School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor, the certification required to work as a clinical social worker in many school settings.
    Abbie Frost
    • Abbie Frost
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3931
    • Office: P414C
    Gary Bailey
    • Gary Bailey
    • Professor of Practice, Director of Urban Leadership Program
    • Phone: 617-521-3977
    • Office: P404J
    David Robinson
    • David Robinson
    • Director, Center for Applied and Community Research
    • Phone: 617-521-3160
    • Office: P404K
    Candace Saunders
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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 College 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:

School Social Work Licensure Program Application - 2013-2014

Licensure Testing 

Required Courses 

Placement Log 

Profession Support Personnel Practicum/Practicum Equivalent Form 

Sample schedules for students beginning in Fall 2013 or after:

Sample 2-Year Full-Time Program 

Sample 3-Year Extended Study Program 

Sample schedules for students who began their program prior to Fall 2013:

Sample 2-Year Full-Time Program 

Sample 3-Year Extended Study Program 

Course Credit Checklists:

Course Credit Checklist for Students Beginning in Fall 2013 or After 

Course Credit Checklist for Students who Began Prior to Fall 2013 

Clinical Specializations

Clinical specializations build on Foundation Year required courses and the first-year field placement to expand a student's assessment, intervention, and practice evaluation skills. Students may choose from four different specializations, each addressing the specific needs of particular client populations. Although electing a specialization is not required, SSW concentrations allow students to delve deeply into an area of interest and related skills development through a combination of electives taught by faculty experts and a second-year field placement working in a related practice setting.

Specializations include:

  • Child and Family 
  • Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
  • Specialization in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Specialization in Health and Aging

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Field Education

SSW students receive exceptional professional training at more than 300 field placement sites throughout New England, ranging from schools and hospitals to government agencies and private organizations. Here are some of our field placement partners:

  • Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention
  • Andover Public Schools
  • Big Sister Association
  • Boston Juvenile Court Clinic
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Children's Charter
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Framingham State College
  • Friends of the Children Boston
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services
  • Home for Little Wanderers
How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in attending Simmons. We pledge to help you achieve a successful career, a meaningful life, and a powerful return on your educational investment. Our program is distinguished in many ways: an innovator in social work education; nationally acclaimed faculty; alumni who are leaders in their fields; and an ideal Boston location in the Fenway and Longwood Medical Area.