Social Work + School Social Worker Licensure

Our Social Work (MSW) + School Social Worker Licensure program prepares clinical social workers to work in school settings.

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Students in this program earn their Master of Social Work and upon graduation are eligible to apply for the Massachusetts State License to be a School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor.

This certification is required to work as a clinical social worker in many school settings.

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:

See the full-time program plan and the part-time program plan.

Please note these program plans are only for students starting Fall 2019 and after.

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Social Work at Simmons University

Our progressive, hands-on curriculum integrates education and practice with social justice values, multicultural perspectives and a strong emphasis on field education.

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Gary Bailey

  • Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice, Professor of Practice of Social Work and Director of Urban Leadership Program
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Diane Zipoli

  • Assoc. Prof. of Practice & Asst. Director of Field Education