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Social Work

Social Work is more than just a major... It’s a career with a calling! Are you interested in helping people and advocating for social and economic justice? Have you considered a career in Social Work? The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at King University is the path to take. The BSW program:

  • Provides graduates with theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional Social Worker and includes a generalist knowledge base that examines human behavior and complex social interactions.
  • Incorporates an extensive supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant Social Work settings.
  • Utilizes a restorative and social justice framework, counseling and advocacy skills with a generalist approach to preparation.

Emphasizes the importance of addressing barriers that may be experienced by individuals, families, or groups.


 

Some careers available with a BSW degree include:

Addictions Counseling

Case Manager

Child/Public Welfare

Church/Parish Social Worker 

Community Advocate - Community Organizer/Planner 

Employee Assistance Social Worker 

Employment/Occupational Social Work 

Foster Care/Adoption Specialist

Gerontological Social Worker

Health Maintenance Social Worker

Hospice Care

International Social Worker

Legal Social Work

Medical Social Work

Mental Health Care 

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Policy Analyst

Probation and Parole

Program Developer

Researcher 

School Social Worker

Victim Advocate

Social Work Faculty 

  • Dr. Jodi Helbert
  • Dr. Julie Taylor Hopkins
  • Prof. Stacy Chase
  • Prof. Deena Cress
  • Prof. Jennifer Dempsey Greer
  • Prof. Morgan Greer
  • Dr. Kinga Gudor
  • Dr. E'sonija d'Almeida

GPS Social Work program specifics:

  • Program design enables students to complete the Social Work major in as little as 16-months
  • Each Social Work course is five-weeks in length, with the exception of SOWK 3410: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues and SOWK 4800: Integrative Practice. Both courses are offered in a 15-week quest-style format online with assignments due once every third week (five submission points in total).
  • Full degree completion program
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 45-semester hours to begin
  • If you are transferring fewer than 45 semester hours, visit  The Pathway

Program Mission

Through training in generalist Social Work practice with a Christ-centered focus, the mission of the King University Social Work program is to prepare competent, ethical Social Work professionals committed to advancing human well-being, human rights, social and economic justice, the dignity and worth of all people, and empowerment of those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and/or living in poverty. Through a rigorous course of study and within the context of our core values of justice, respect, unconditional positive regard, integrity, and commitment to public service, the King University Social Work program prepares students to be thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible in intervening with all systems; individuals, families, groups, organizations, agencies, communities, and governments, and facilitates the development of interpersonal and leadership skills needed to carry out our professional mission at the bachelor level of Social Work without regard to the format of the delivery.

The mission of the BSW Program is sustained through King University’s commitment to Christianity, as expressed in the Presbyterian tradition’s core emphasis of love for fellow man.

The mission of the King University Bachelor of Social Work program is to prepare competent, ethical social work professionals committed to advancing human rights, social and economic justice, and the dignity and worth of diverse individuals, groups, families, and communities through generalist social work practice. Within the context of values such as justice, respect, unconditional positive regard, integrity, and commitment to public service, the social work program prepares students to intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, agencies, communities, government, and society, and helps students develop the interpersonal and leadership skills needed to carry out the professional mission at the BSW level.

The mission of the BSW Program is sustained through King University’s commitment to Christianity as expressed in the Presbyterian tradition’s core emphasis of love for fellow man. 

King University is a Christian university whose mission is to prepare students in our Christian academic community to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving God, the Church, and the world.

We accomplish this through excellent teaching, high expectations, worthwhile example, and fidelity to our Presbyterian heritage. Our mission is the same for all campuses and sites; for online learning; and for all programs, curricular and extracurricular, graduate and undergraduate.

CSWELogoThe King University BSW Program is Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 


Student Social Workers interested in military social work may find compelling information here.

 

Student Social Workers, are you interested in seeking licensure?

Licensure Responsibilities

Licensing of social work practitioners is under the authority of a designated office in each individual state.  All 50 states and the District of Columbia require that a social worker sitting for a licensing exam be a graduate of a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program. Because King University’s Social Work program has earned accreditation from the CSWE, students can feel confident that the Social Work program at King University will prepare them for practice in the field of social work. While the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. King University cannot confirm whether the Social Work program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state.  It is the students’ responsibility to research and understand the proper licensing requirements for their respective states.  Here is a list of social work regulatory boards for each state.

 

Practicum Responsibilities for Online Students

  • King University operates under NC-SARA guidelines for determining physical presence in regards to Supervised Field Experiences for online students (Section 5.3).
  • If a student does not intend to sit for the licensing exam then he or she may participate in a practicum in any state or U.S. Territory except CNMI.*
  • If a student intends to sit for the licensing exam and is participating in a practicum as part of the licensing requirements in that state, there may be additional requirements from the agency responsible for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to research and understand any additional requirements that may be in effect. 

*Any student participating in a practicum in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may need to meet additional requirements set by CNMI and it is the student’s responsibility to research and understand any additional requirements that may be in effect.

All the necessary details can be found here.


Bachelor of Social Work Program Application

The Bachelor of Social Work program has a separate application process from the primary King University application process. Those wishing to apply to the BSW program, must first be accepted by King University or be a current student. As an accepted or current King University student, please send the completed BSW application to Jodi Helbert, Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, at jmhelbert@king.edu. 


Bachelor of Social Work Coursework

To view all required Evening and Weekend courses for a BSW click here.

To view course descriptions click here.


Required Comprehensive Assessment

  • A content-based exam measuring student learning and retention within the BSW major

Laptop Requirement

The BSW program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


Accreditation

CSWE LogoFor information about accreditation click here.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)


All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

COMPETENCY

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Identify as a professional social worker

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

100%

Apply ethical principles

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

96%

Apply critical thinking

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

96%

Engage diversity in practice

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

99%

Advance human rights, social justice, and economic justice

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

98%

Engage research-informed practice and practice-informed research

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

90%

Apply human behavior knowledge

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

96%

Engage policy practice to advance well-being and deliver services

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

92%

Respond to practice contexts

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

96%

Practice engagement

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

99%

Practice assessment

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

99%

Practice intervention

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

93%

Practice evaluation

75% of students will demonstrate this competency

95%

Average

75%

96%

 

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. ~Isaiah 1:17

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